Politics Moderation boards aim to assess the student’s performance in the Lower College, interest in politics as an academic field of study, and capacity to undertake course work in the Upper College and to complete a Senior Project. Students are required to write a Moderation response paper (an analysis of an assigned reading) alongside a reflection upon your response paper, together with two other papers: a self-critical evaluation of past work done within the program and a detailed plan for the Upper College, including any plans for study abroad and ideas for the Senior Project.
Typically students moderate in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Moderations are held over spring Advising Days and are organized centrally through the program. The program will determine the student’s Moderation board, which will include a mix of Politics faculty. Instructions on how to sign up for a Moderation board and submit the required Moderation papers will be emailed to the student early in the spring semester.
Fall Moderations are generally discouraged and must be organized individually by the student’s adviser.
Your overall moderation submission should be made of four parts:
1. For Politics: Moderation Response Paper (5-7 pages)
2. For Politics: Reflection Paper (1 page)
3. For the College: Evaluation of past work (1.5-2 pages)
4. For the College: Detailed plan for the Upper College (1.5-2 pages)
Papers 1 & 2 should be submitted to your board members via email by 7th April 2023. Papers 3 & 4 are due to the College by 17th March 2023.