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14 October 2013

IB Glopo Practice HL Extension Task: Syrian Refugees and IDPs

Glopo HL2 folks,

Please read through the entirety of this post; this is what you will be working on in and outside of during the weeks of 21 October through 8 November. All videos need to be posted to YouTube no later than Sunday afternoon on the 10rd of November. 

IB HL Extension Task (practice): Refugees from Syria
We’ll use the case as an opportunity to learn how to construct your HL Extension Task. Please refer to pp. 52-54 in the IB Glopo Pilot Guide. You are required to present an oral analysis on the topic, Refugees from Syria. 

In terms of mechanics, your presentation should be recorded on video, posted to YouTube, and shared with myself and your colleagues in the class. Please set your privacy settings so that I (cgleek@mynbps.org) can comment on your video. I would also advise that you keep this video private. You may use limited notes/prompt cards when delivering your presentation, but the content must not be written out in full and simply read allowed. In addition, I will provide feedback on a draft or dry run of the presentation, but the video may only be performed once. Videos uploaded to YouTube may not be edited in any way, shape, or form. 

You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate your comprehensive understanding of the topic across four academic standards. We’ll use the markscheme in the IB Glopo Pilot Guide to reflect on your performance once the video is produced. Please keep this markscheme in mind as you design your research and construct your video presentation. In addition, please review each standard and consider the following questions as you craft your presentation. 

Knowledge and Understanding
  • Does the presentation demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of the case study?
  • Is the factual information accurate and relevant?
  • Are key terms defined accurately and purposefully, given the main messages that you want to convey with your presentation?
  • Are main actors / stakeholders and events identified clearly and purposefully, given the main messages you want to convey with your presentation? 
Application and Analysis
  • To what extent do you analyze the impact of and responses to the case study?
  • To what extent do you apply your knowledge of key concepts, theories, and ideas from the core units in our analysis of the case study?
  • To what extent do you explain your points?
Synthesis and Evaluation
  • To what extent do you consider the case study as a part of a global political challenge and reflect on its wider implications?
  • To what extent do you evaluate different perspectives in your presentation?
Structure and Clarity
  • Is your presentation well organized and coherent?
  • Is there an effective structure to your presentation?
  • Is your presentation clear and focused?

Planning
You'll want to adopt a plan for your research and presentation along the following parameters:
  1. Develop your research question
    1. For example, What are the geopolitical challenges for Syrian refugees in Turkey?
      1. You want to craft a specific topic, one that you can demonstrate your comprehensive understanding of in a 10 minute presentation
  2. Identify key source material.
    1. Primary
      1. What are the primary sources that are the most germane to the study of refugees and IDPs? (UN documents & resolutions)
    2. Secondary
      1. What think tanks can offer the most comprehensive material (Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Strategic and International Studies, International Crisis Group, and similar)
      2. What resources from governments, IOs, and NGOs can offer you authoritative material? (CIA World Factbook, US Department of State, NATO, United Nations, UNHCR, International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, and similar)
      3. Where can I find journal articles on the topic? (Gale: Global Issues in Context, JSTOR, and other databases)
      4. Where can I find news articles on the topic? (The Economist, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, BBC News, Reuters, UN News, and similar)
  3. Use the material you've gathered to answer your research question in a comprehensive (ie detailed, analytical, and from multiple perspectives) fashion.
    1. This should include a thorough bibliography of all of your source material.
      1. Use EasyBib to construct. 
  4. Craft notes and/or an outline towards presenting your findings.
    1. Note: You may use notecards or headings in your presentation, but not a written paper on the topic
  5. Practice presenting on this topic by recording yourself using the camera on any device you own.
    1. Note: Prezi, Google Docs, PowerPoint, or similar technologies should not be used in this presentation. You are being assessed on your ability to present material in your own right. 
  6. Once you feel you are comfortable with your presentation, log into YouTube using your school Google account and upload or record your presentation

Mechanics
  1. Please thoroughly understand the expectations of the HL Extension Task as found in pp. 52-54 in the IB Glopo Pilot Guide.
  2. Your video must be uploaded to YouTube using your school Google account. 
  3. Please create a document in Google Drive that includes the following material. Be sure to share this document with me through Google Drive, as well as post a link to the document in the description section in YouTube. 
    1. Your research question
    2. Your notes and or outline
    3. Your complete bibliography
  4. Please share your presentation with me (cgleek@mynbps.org) and allow me to comment on the video so that I may give you feedback on your presentation. 
    1. I would advise that you keep this video private to all others.
  5. Videos should be uploaded and documents containing your research question, notes, and bibliography must be shared with me no later than Sunday, 10 November 2013
    1. I cannot guarantee that videos and documents published after this date will recieve feedback. 
Rubric
I will score your HL Extension Task presentation according to the following rubric:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the case study (5 marks)
    • 0 marks: The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.
    • 1 mark: The student demonstrates little relevant knowledge of the case study. The factual information contains mistakes. There is little attempt to define key terms and to identify the main actors / stakeholders and events.
    • 2 marks: The student demonstrates some relevant knowledge of the case study but his or her understanding of the case is superficial. The factual information lacks accuracy. There is some attempt to define key terms and to identify the main actors / stakeholders and events, but accuracy and clarity are lacking.
    • 3 marks: The student demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the case study. The factual information is mostly accurate and relevant. Most key terms are adequately defined and most of the main actors / stakeholders and events are adequately identified.
    • 4 marks: The student demonstrates good knowledge and understanding of the case study. The factual information is accurate and relevant. Key terms are accurately defined and the main actors / stakeholders and events are clearly identified.
    • 5 marks: The student demonstrates comprehensive and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the case study. The factual information is accurate and relevant. Key terms are accurately and purposefully defined and the main actors / stakeholders and events are clearly and purposefully identified.
  • Application and analysis (6 marks)
    • 0 marks: The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.
    • 1-2 marks: Some impact of and responses to the case are identified, but in a descriptive fashion. References to key concepts, theories and ideas from the core units are few or irrelevant. There is limited explanation of points.
    • 3-4 marks: Some impact of and responses to the case are analyzed, but an analytical approach is not sustained throughout the presentation. Some key concepts, theories and ideas from the core units are included in the analysis. Most points are explained.
    • 5-6 marks: The student provides an effective analysis of the case in terms of its impact and responses to it. The analysis makes purposeful use of key concepts, theories and ideas from the core units. Points are well-explained.
  • Synthesis and evaluation (6 marks)
    • 0 marks: The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.
    • 1-2 marks: The student treats the case study in isolation from a wider global political challenge. There is limited acknowledgement of different perspectives. Conclusions are missing or unclear.
    • 3-4 marks: The student makes some links from the specific case study to a wider global political challenge. Different perspectives are included in the discussion. Some conclusions are drawn.
    • 5-6 marks: The student demonstrates how the case study is part of a global political challenge, illustrating effectively the significance of the case. Different perspectives are explored and evaluated purposefully, and the student comes to reasoned conclusions.
  • Structure and clarity (3 marks)
    • 0 marks: The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.
    • 1 mark: The presentation is poorly organized and lacks coherence. There is some limited structure to the presentation. The presentation lacks clarity and focus.
    • 2 marks: The presentation is generally organized and coherent, but there may be some repetition or a lack of clarity in places. There is an adequate structure to the presentation, and it is generally well focused.
    • 3 marks: The presentation is very well organized and coherent. There is a purposeful and effective structure to the presentation. The presentation is very clear and well focused.