HSEP 301 (POLI 367/CRJS 367)
A good class presentation is like a
good paper -- be organized and straight forward.
- The presentations will be five minutes long.
You don’t have much time. All you
can do in five minutes is essentially give a
beefed up version of your introductory section of your paper. What is you topic? How did you examine it? What were the three or four major
findings of your research? What are
your overall conclusions?
organize, think as a journalist would. What is the topic and issue at
hand: who? what? where? when? why? Let the audience
know immediately what the question you are addressing is and what the main
topic of your presentation will be. For example, if the topic is
al-Qaeda’s leadership, you want to start off by saying that. "My
topic is al-Qaeda’s leadership.”
If the specific issue is the difficulty of penetrating foreign
terrorist networks say that. "The issue I'd like to address is the
difficulty of penetrating foreign terrorist networks."
spite of what many might have taught you, the trick is not to sound
intellectual and complex, but to be clear and simple when you speak.
Another example: "My topic is counterterrorism efforts against the
al-Shabab organization in Somalia. Three groups have been fighting
al-Shabab. The local government,
the African Union peacekeeping forces, led by Uganda, and US and Ethiopian
efforts to isolate and defeat al-Shabab.
These efforts have largely been unsuccessful because no stable
government has emerged to really challenge al-Shabab’s.
It remains the only organized political force in the nation.” Then you can have five PPT slides. The first three can be one each on the
three main counterterrorism efforts you mention above. The fourth can be on the reasons why
they have failed and a fifth can be on what might be done to fix the
problem. You don’t have to explain
who al-Shabab is or who their allies are or what their goals are because
the other PPT presentations of your classmates have already explained all
all else, be organized, just like you were writing a paper. Put your
presentation into an outline form and then as you speak simply go through
your outline, item by item. Or say, "I want to discuss three reasons
why AQ will not be able to develop and sustain a long-term presence in
Southeast Asia. First, the nations
in Southeast Asia are much more prosperous than nations in other parts of
the developing world. This will
deny AQ a critical mass of recruits.
Second, the nations of Southeast Asia are democracies or are moving
in the direction of democratic institutions. The ability to freely criticize
governmental policy creates an outlet for political dissent and reduces
the likelihood that large percentages of the population will radicalize
itself to the point where it may fund and support terrorists even
passively. Three, these nations
have secular traditions, separation of church and state is a basic
ideology of these nations’ institutions.
Factors that might change this, however, could be a long economic
down turn or a failure of public education to maintain a viable
alternative to religious education, which can often be militant in
nature.” Then talk about each one
you are presenting along with some other people, you may want to organize
your presentations into a coherent whole.
Work together to avoid overlap and duplication (some will be
unavoidable). I would suggest
getting together outside of class and working on this.
The PPT Slides
is required. Sample PPT slides for al-Shabab, based on the al-Shabab Origins
Executive Summary. You must use
Power Point in your presentation. Each student can use at maximum five slides.
They are due on the day of your presentation.
- PPT slides must be emailed to me by the day of the
- On the day of your presentation, come to class early
and boot up your PPT presentation on the screen, so that when I get to
class, we can begin the presentations at exactly the time when class
should start. We don’t want to
waste five minutes getting the slides up on the screen. I can show everyone how to work the
machine if necessary.
- Remember that you have five minutes for each student
- You should meet with your group before the
presentation day to plan the presentation and square away any overlap.
- If anyone has any questions on how to use PPT, please
let me know. I can help.
- The criteria for grading the
presentation is based in the rubric below. This is what I will use to grade your
presentation and PPT slides. I’ll
fill out one for each of you and hand it back to you along with a grade.
5 minutes, not longer?
PPT loaded onto the classroom computer before
5 slides no more?
headings, not text?
One concept per slide?
Are the important elements of the issue-area covered?
Is there enough depth, but not too much depth
(Big picture issues rather than small details)?
Analysis of the key questions?
Focus on assigned issue only?
How well does student seem to know the
Reading PPT slides?
Reading notes or using them as a reference?
Lecturing based on knowledge of material?