1. The Studienleistung will be assessed based on two components:
i. Students are expected to work (individually or in pairs, depending on the number of students) on a class presentation on the most important issues you find out about one commodity. The presentation could be in the form of a poster or in other forms, and should show (a) main groups of producers, traders, regulators, and consumers, and (b) highlight specific problems at various stages of the commodity’s lifecycle, (c) including the linkages, power relations, and interdependences between the different actors involved in these stages.
ii. Apart from reading the introduction of the books on the core reading list before every session, you will be asked to provide an oral summary of one chapter for each of at least 6 books on the core reading list. We will discuss who should read which chapter for the following session at the end of each seminar.
2. Moduleleistung: You will write a critical review of two books indicated in the reading list, including the additional readings. The critical review should be between 4500-5000 words. It should contain the main arguments of the two books and the empirical and theoretical linkages between the two books, in particular how they together illuminate the themes laid out in Appadurai’s text. You should also comparatively evaluate the arguments of the two books regarding their relevance and rigor, the research approach and the writing style of the book. The essay should be concisely written with a clear structure and arguments. It should also be well-formatted and properly referenced.