Guidelines for the assignment
You are to develop a short (two to three minute) presentation on a topic of personal
interest and/or conviction that is related to the course material. Because this is a personal
statement, the substance of your presentation is open to any topic that we have touched
upon in the course.
You will have the opportunity, in one of up to three designated seminars, to present your
You will be graded on both the oral presentation and the text of your presentation, which
will be handed in at the time of your presentation.
For a two to three minute presentation, you should write a statement of about around 300
words. The style of the written presentation is up to you. However, try to avoid the
extremes of making it too dense and academic, too argumentative and pushy, or too
vague and chatty. Write it with a view to getting the attention of your audience and
persuading them of your point of view. Therefore, try not to bore, alienate, or lose your
audience. By all means use logic, but feel free to use humour and pathos too.
The oral presentation itself will work best to the extent that you can memorize your key
points and deliver them naturally. These are small seminars and so conversational style i