International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

Blogging Guidelines

ACCESS

  • Our course blog can be found at: https://politicsofjustice.wordpress.com
  • This is a public blog so anyone can read it but only we can post. If you feel uncomfortable with publicly attributing your name to your posts you can choose a user name that does not reveal your full or actual name (as long you tell me who you are!)
  • You will receive an email (to your school address) inviting you to sign up for the blog, which will allow you to write and edit your own posts
    • Do not sign up independently – go through the email invite – otherwise you won’t be linked to our specific blog. You do not need to create own blog (if prompted).
  • Posts will appear on the home page
  • I reserve the right to delete any posts that are inappropriate

REQUIREMENTS

  • Post an entry (either an original post OR a comment on someone else’s post) at least once a week that is between 100-200 words, beginning in the 2nd week of class and continuing until the last week of class.
    • You can blog as often as you like, including short posts, as long as you at least have one post a week that is the minimum length
  • Check the blog daily so you can keep up with the conversation threads and class updates

WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT

  • Responses to questions I pose and contribute to a conversation thread
  • Original entries on news in international / transitional justice, your own commentary and questions on the readings and topics raised in class
    • Responding to others’ posts is encouraged, as the goal is to create dialogue.
  • Post links to news, videos, online research etc. with your commentary on it

HOW TO BLOG

  • This is a form of participation and “low-stakes” writing, which means that you do not have to write in an overly formal style as you would in an essay assignment. Think of blogging as part of the ongoing class conversation.
  • Do not use inflammatory, offensive, or immature language

To post a new entry:

  • Start a new post:
    • Go to the top and click on the icon for a new post (+pencil picture) on the top right, or on the left sidebar under “My sites” and blog posts
    • Writing a post is straightforward and don’t worry if you screw something up – you can always delete it or save drafts as you go along
  • Enter a title and your text
    • You can copy and paste from a Word doc. I recommend you save a copy of all your posts and their titles in a separate Word doc.
  • Add category and tags:
    • Add a category (e.g. news, reading responses, etc.) and some “tags” to identify the subject (e.g. ICC, deterrence, truth-telling, reconciliation, Congo, etc. as shown on right side bar)
  • Add media:
    • You can add various sorts of media, such as audio and video files (click on “Add Media” button on the upper left beside)
  • Embed links:
    • Embed your links to a news source you used, or reference organizations, etc. To add a web link in the text, write then highlight the text you want linked – then click on the thing that looks like a paperclip and enter the URL
  • Click “publish”!

To reply to a post:

  • To reply to another’s post simply click on reply or comments and add your own commentary to contribute to the conversation
  • Replying to someone counts as one of your posts for the week
  • Only the original post can assign categories and tags, and add media

EVALUATION

At the end of the semester you will submit for evaluation what you consider to be your 5 best posts. Your posts will be evaluated in a manner similar to the criteria for class participation, but also the extent to which they demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the arguments and examples in the course material
  • Coherent links between broad theoretical concepts and specific “real world” issues
  • Evidence of following the conversation threads; responds to the posts of others
  • Originality of ideas -proposes new angles and ideas and is not repetitive of others
  • Effective and professional communication skills
  • Respect for others and enthusiasm for the topic

 

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