Students will be divided into groups to create and facilitate an original debate, simulation or extended presentation on topics in international relations.  Groups will meet with me at the beginning of the term to decide on topics that will complement the study cycles in the course.  Group members should meet in advance to make sure that each group member presents a distinct insight about the reading without excessive repetition from the group as a whole. Engage your audience and, if you elect to employ a visual aid such as power point, use it to enhance the message you deliver rather than be the central focus of your presentation. In the past, students have run simulations of United Nations meetings and interactive learning games.

REVISED! Guidelines

  • Each GROUP OF 5 STUDENTS has 40 minutes 20 – 25 MINUTES for the presentation.
  • Each Group of 3 STUDENTS has 10 – 15 Minutes for the Presentation.
  • No reading summaries
  • It is highly recommended that you plan an activity that requires the participation of your classmates
  • Remember to meet with me (the professor) ahead of time
  • Individually, you must turn in a 1 -page reaction to the presentation that does the following:
    • assess own contribution
    • assess the contributions of other group members
    • cites sources consulted in creating the presentation
    • due one week after the presentation


Ideas for class presentations/activities are on the linked handout.

Grading rubric

  • 7.5 out of 15 points for your personal role
  • 7.5 out of 15 points for the overall assessment of the group presentation
  • A sample grading sheet for the study cycle presentations can be found here. I have changed the format slightly but the content of my evaluation is essentially the same. I am looking for high quality presenting skills as well as clear mastery of the subject.

Note on turning in assignments

Please upload any material related to this assignment, such as your reaction paper, to Filestork. (Please name files by including your own name or your group’s name or the upload process may not work.)


1. Ethics and IR: Humanitarian Intervention

2. Current American Conflicts

3. Global Economy

4. Poverty, Development and Trade

5. Global Governance, International Law and the Environment

6. Human Rights and Transnational Actors