TOPICS ON SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES
Course website: http://courses.washington.edu/susfish
Instructor: Julia K. Parrish Teaching
Assistant: Chris Boatright
221-5787 office phone
office: 323B phone: 221-6832
office hours by appointment
office hours: Thursday 9am-10am, or by appointment
Course email: email@example.com
Discuss/pick a paper topic
Final approval of topic
Bibliography due (15 refs min.)
Bibliography returned; Paper Outline due
Draft Papers due
Final Paper due
COURSE EXPLANATION AND EXPECTATIONS
Topics on Sustainable Fisheries is a discussion course linked to the Bevan
Series on Sustainable Fisheries, an international speaker series every other
Winter Quarter in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. During
this course, we will be exploring marine conservation issues connected to
natural resource exploitation and management. This exploration will
take two forms.
First, each speaker has provided us with selected readings, which are posted
on the web at WEB ADDRESS. There is a link from our course website.
We expect that you will have read each week’s readings IN ADVANCE of our
discussion section, and the week’s seminar. Class discussion will focus
on the readings. Because you will be graded on your participation in
these discussions, it is wise not to slack off and attempt to fake your way
through the conversation. As we move through the quarter, our discussions
may broaden to incorporate points and issues from previous speakers, as well
as linked ideas and issues not strictly covered in the readings. Be
prepared to speak up!
Second, each speaker will present a public seminar which all students are
required to attend. After a brief introduction from a UW faculty member,
the speaker will speak for 45-50 minutes. Immediately following the
seminar will be a question and answer period, allowing the audience (this
includes you!) a chance to ask the speaker particular questions which occurred
to them before or during the seminar. EACH OF YOU SHOULD COME TO THE
SEMINAR PREPARED TO ASK QUESTIONS. You should also bring a notebook
with you so that you can TAKE NOTES as questions occur to you, and/or torecord
points of interest which you may wish to pursue further in the formof your
Within the first month of the quarter, you will all be required to choose
a paper topic. This should be a subject covered by the readings, the
speakers’ seminars, or something related to the former, which PARTICULARLY
INTERESTS YOU. This is important, because you will be spending quite
a few hours tracking down articles and books on the subject, to provide you
with the background reading material necessary to write your paper.
DON’T PANIC (too much) at this point. We will be providing you with
detailed instructions for how to research and write the paper. You
will also have three intermediate assignments designed to move you inexorably
towards your paper:
- Bibliography – A minimum of 15 references, the majority of which will
be peer-reviewed scholarly articles found in scientific journals such as
Science, Conservation Biology, or Marine Biology. Other acceptable references
may be books or book chapters. In some cases, additional reference
material may include unpublished government reports or policy papers from
non-governmental organizations; material from the Web, material from news
sources such as a local or national paper. These latter references MUST
BE OKAYED by your TA. The bibliography assignment is designedto make
you spend the research time finding out what is known about yourtopic.
With these articles under your belt, you will be well on theway to becoming
an expert on the issue. Logistics of bibliography productionwill be
provided in advance.
- Paper Outline – All good writers start with an outline, and so willyou.
All of your papers will have the same basic format: Introduction, Main Text
Body in sections as appropriate, Conclusion. Within thisvague format,
each paper will vary depending on the topic chosen. Inorder to organize
your thoughts, you will write a detailed outline. Logistics of outline
writing will be provided in advance.
To begin with, you should just concentrate on topic selection.
- Draft Paper – Working from the outline, all good writers go through
several drafts. You will only be required to produce one rough draft.
The GREAT benefit of a draft, other than it forces you to start writing more
than 48 hours before your paper is due, is that it gives you a chance toget
constructive feedback on your writing AND on your content. Trustme,
this step WILL IMPROVE YOUR GRADE. Logistics of draft and finalpaper
production will be provided in advance.
Your grade will be determined according to the following:
Paper Outline 25
Draft Paper 50
Final Paper 150
If you turn in assignments late, without checking in first or providing
a legitimate excuse (e.g., doctor’s note), we will deduct 2% of the total
assignment grade for each extra day – weekends count.