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MAIS 750: Reading Course Insert Working Title Here

Learning Contract Proposal

Student Name (Student ID)

Professor: Supervisor’s Name

Learning Objectives
This course is designed to examine the link between globalization and food, and in particular the impact of globalization on the banana industry. This course is designed with three objectives in mind:

  • to develop a comprehensive understanding of the banana industry, through the lens of globalization

  • to examine the role of corporations in the industry and the impact this has on the developing world

  • To explore the social movements in the banana industry, in particular around fair trade bananas, as an area for social change.



Essay 1: 3000-3500 words
An overview essay, situating the banana industry in the context of globalization. The purpose of this essay is to examine the relationship between globalization and food, and demonstrate how this relationship has impacted the modern day banana industry.
Specific resources:
Ahmed, Belal (2001). ‘The Impact of Globalization on the Caribbean Banana and Sugar Industry’, in the Society of Caribbean Studies Annual Conference Papers. Available at scsonline@freeserve.co.uk
Ellwood, Wayne (2006). The No Nonsense Guide to Globalization. New Internationalist: United Kingdom.
Nutzenadel and Trentmann (2008). Food and Globalization: Consumption, Markets and Politics in the Modern World. Berg Publishers: England.
Probyn, Elspeth (2000). Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentity. Routlage: United States of America.
Stiglitz, Joseph (2003). Globalization and its Discontent. W.W.Norton &Co.: New York, New York.
Wiley, James (2008). The Banana: Empires, Trade Wars & Globalization. University of Nebraska Press: Nebraska.

Essay 2 3000-3500 words
This essay will examine the role of the corporation within the banana industry, the impact that the corporation has had on the farmers, the workers, and the environment. Specific attention will be paid to the concept of ‘corporate oppression’ and examine the corporation in terms of power and influence.
Specific Resources:

Cleg and Shaw (2002). The Caribbean Banana Trade: From Colonialism to Globalization. Palgrave McMillan: United States of America.


Fagan R. (2005) 'Globalization, the WTO and the Australia-Philippines "Banana War"', pp. 207-22 in N. Fold and B. Pritchard (eds), Cross-Continental Food Chains , Routledge: London
Koeppel, Dan (2008). Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Could Change the World. Plume: United States of America.
Moberg, Mark (2005). ‘Fair Trade and Eastern Caribbean Banana Farmers: Rhetoric and Reality in the Anti-Globalization Movement’ in Human Organization, Volume 64, issue one. Society for Applied Anthropology: University of Alabama.
Striffler and Moberg, eds (2003). Banana Wars. Duke University Press: United States of America.

Essay 3 5000-5500 words
The final essay will explore social movements around the banana industry including the fair trade and organic movements. This essay should focus on the barriers that social movements have faced and examine possible avenues for social change.
Specific Resources:
Enloe, Cynthia (2001). Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. University of California Press: California.
Frank, Dana (2008) Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America. South End Press: United States of America.
Lamb, Harriet (2008). Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles. Rider and Co: England.
Moberg, Mark (2005). ‘Fair Trade and Eastern Caribbean Banana Farmers: Rhetoric and Reality in the Anti-Globalization Movement’ in Human Organization, Volume 64, issue one. Society for Applied Anthropology: University of Alabama.
Raynolds, Murray, Wilkinson, eds. (2008). Fairtrade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization.­ Routlage: United States of America.


Essay weighting:
Essay 1: 30%

Essay 2: 30%

Essay 3: 40%
Schedule:
Paper one: due May 30th

Paper two: due June 30th

Paper three: due July 30th
Resource list:
Ahmed, Belal (2001). ‘The Impact of Globalization on the Caribbean Banana and Sugar Industry’, in the Society of Caribbean Studies Annual Conference Papers. Available at scsonline@freeserve.co.uk
Cleg and Shaw (2002). The Caribbean Banana Trade: From Colonialism to Globalization. Palgrave McMillan: United States of America.
Ellwood, Wayne (2006). The No Nonsense Guide to Globalization. New Internationalist: United Kingdom.
Enloe, Cynthia (2001). Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. University of California Press: California.
Fagan R. (2005) 'Globalization, the WTO and the Australia-Philippines "Banana War"', pp. 207-22 in N. Fold and B. Pritchard (eds), Cross-Continental Food Chains , Routledge: London
Frank, Dana (2008) Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America. South End Press: United States of America.
Koeppel, Dan (2008). Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Could Change the World. Plume: United States of America.
Lamb, Harriet (2008). Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles. Rider and Co: England.
Moberg, Mark (2005). ‘Fair Trade and Eastern Caribbean Banana Farmers: Rhetoric and Reality in the Anti-Globalization Movement’ in Human Organization, Volume 64, issue one. Society for Applied Anthropology: University of Alabama.
Wiley, James (2008). The Banana: Empires, Trade Wars & Globalization. University of Nebraska Press: Nebraska.

Nutzenadel and Trentmann (2008). Food and Globalization: Consumption, Markets and Politics in the Modern World. Berg Publishers: England.


Raynolds, Murray, Wilkinson, eds. (2008). Fairtrade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization.­ Routlage: United States of America.
Stiglitz, Joseph (2003). Globalization and its Discontent. W.W.Norton &Co.: New York, New York.
Probyn, Elspeth (2000). Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentity. Routlage: United States of America.
Striffler and Moberg, eds (2003). Banana Wars. Duke University Press: United States of America.

*Additional resources may be added as the course and research unfolds.


Sample B Learning Contract



MAIS 750: Sociology of Work and Industry

Learning Contract Proposal

Student Name (ID)

Professor: Dr. XXXXX

1. Learning objectives:
I plan on undertaking in-depth reading on the health care systems. The recent release of the Mazankowski report is a point of interest for all Canadians. I have an interest in the area of policy reform and have perused the “Framework for Reform: Report of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Health.” My reading for MAIS 750 will include documents describing the system and status of the Canadian health care industry. As well, the health care system of selected countries will also be studied. A final research paper will summarize my learning by making comparisons and contrasts between international health care policy frameworks.

2. Subjects to be studied:
The following subjects will be studied during this reading course:

  • Canadian health care legislation, regulation and policy

  • Alberta health care legislation, regulation and policy

  • Financial costs attributable to Canadian Government public health care system

  • Assessment of health care efficiency and need for structural reform

  • International examples of health care management systems



3. Work to be completed:
A substantial body of documents relating to Canadian and international health care systems will be accessed and read during this course. The reading material will serve as a knowledge base of comparative research and policy models. The final research paper will synthesize the readings and situate the Canadian health care system in the international context.

4. Intended outcomes:
Health care policy is a mass media focus currently with Roy Romanow undertaking cross-Canada consultations. Last month, Don Mazankowski released a health policy reform document. I believe a researched and knowledgeable understanding of the issue would be beneficial. I will undertake in-depth reading on the issue of the status of Canada’s health care system. Comparative research methodology will provide an international context to clarify the differences, strengths and weaknesses of the Canadian health care system.
Research questions:

How has the Canadian health care system developed?

What is the legislative and policy framework for the Canadian health care system currently?

What are alternative models operating in other selected countries to provide health care services?



5. Resources to be used to learn about the subjects:
The resources listed in section 11 are grouped according to the following outline of the proposed research paper:
Title: Canada’s Health Care System and International Examples of Health Care Systems
1. Introduction and historical development of healthcare in Canada

a. Federal legislative framework

b. Alberta's legislative framework

2. Current context of health care and reform initiatives

a. Statistics and budget figures relating to provision of health care services

b. Future reform initiatives (Mazankowski Report and Romanow Consultations)

3. Selected international examples of health care systems and funding models

a. United States

b. United Kingdom

c. Germany

d. France

e. Denmark

f. Sweden

g. Japan


h. Netherlands

i. New Zealand

4. Conclusions regarding international examples of health care systems and funding models

6. Strategies to obtain resources:
Several sources of materials will be accessed:


  • Athabasca University Library

  • Alberta Legislature Library

  • Edmonton Public Library

  • Personally owned books

  • Internet documents (particularly each countries’ Ministry of Health documents)



7. Points of view to be considered in the research:
I will be considering various aspects of health care policy:

  • Historical development of health care legislation

  • Current provisions of health care legislation

  • International examples of health care systems

  • Statistical research relating to international health care models



8. Description of the role of the faculty member
XXXXX has been instrumental in the development of this proposal. I am grateful for his assistance in formulating a general framework for this research project. He has ensured that a comprehensive and interdisciplinary study is health care is undertaken. The focus on international examples is a crucial and beneficial change based on his guidance to narrow the scope of research. He has promoted the inclusion of a variety of international examples to ensure fairness and objectivity through due consideration to a variety of policy models. I appreciate the advice to: incorporate alternative perspectives, consider the evidence, keep an open mind, and draw conclusions based on research findings.
Future guidance is foreseen and welcomed to ensure the research outline is comprehensive and incorporates interdisciplinary elements. The evaluation of the research paper’s outline and reading list is essential to ensure the necessary variety and resources will be incorporated. I believe guidance at these key points during the research process can focus and validate my research efforts. Format and length of the final research paper are still to be determined by the professor. The final research paper will be written independently and submitted for grading. Revision of the final paper may be required and will be completed as per guidance received.

9. Plan for assessing the work undertaken:
Assignment 1 – Research Paper Outline and Reading List – 40%

Assignment 2 – Research Paper – 60%



10. Timelines for completing each stage of the work:
March 1, 2002 - Contract Period starts and reading through resources will begin (resources listed below)

March 1, 2002 to April 1, 2002 – Learning Contract finalization and seeking of Director’s approval

April 1, 2002 to May 1, 2002 – complete Assignment 1 (outline and reading list)

May 1, 2002 to June 1, 2002 – complete readings for Assignment 2 (research paper)

June 1, 2002 to July 1, 2002 – complete Assignment 2 (research paper)

July 1, 2002 to August 1, 2002 – revisions to Assignment 2 if required



11. Reading course materials and method of access (organized as per section 5 outline):
A. Introduction and historical development of healthcare in Canada and Alberta
Alberta. Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Alberta Health Care Insurance Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, chapter A-20. Available on the Internet at http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/documents/acts/A20.cfm
Alberta. Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Alberta Health Care Insurance Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, chapter A-20, Alberta Health Care Insurance Regulation, Alberta Regulation 204/81. Available on the Internet at http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/documents/regs/1981_216.cfm
Alberta. Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Health Care Protection Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, chapter H-1. Available on the Internet at http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/documents/acts/H01.cfm
Alberta. Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Health Care Protection Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, chapter H-1, Health Care Protection Regulation, Alberta Regulation 208/2000. Available on the Internet at http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/documents/regs/2000_208.cfm
Canada. Parliament of Canada. Canada Health Act, Revised Statutes of Canada 1985, chapter C-6. Available on the Internet at http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/C-6/text.html
Canada. Parliament of Canada. Canada Health Act, Revised Statutes of Canada 1985, chapter C-6, Extra-billing and User Charges Information Regulations, Statutory Orders and Regulations 86-259. Available on the Internet at http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/C-6/SOR-86-259/text.html
Storch, Janet L. “Foundational Values in Canadian Health Care.” In Michael Stingl and Donna Wilson, editors. Efficiency vs. Equality: Health Reform in Canada. Lethbridge: Regional Centre for Health Promotion and Community Studies, University of Lethbridge, 1996. Available from Athabasca University Library (Call No. RA 395 C3 E27 1996).

B. Current context of health care – statistics and budget figures
Alberta Department of Health and Wellness. Annual Report 2000/2001. Edmonton: Government of Alberta, 2001. Available on the Internet at http://www.health.gov.ab.ca/public/document/AR00_01/index.html
---------. Budget 2001: Business Plan of Alberta Health and Wellness 2001/2004. Edmonton: Government of Alberta, 2001. Available on the Internet at http://www.treas.gov.ab.ca/publications/budget/budget2001/health.html
Canada. Health Canada. Health and Communications Branch. Health Expenditures in Canada by Age and Sex, 1980-81 to 2000-01: Statistical Annex. Ottawa: Public Works and Government Services, 2001. Available from Athabasca University Library (Call No. RA 410.55 C2 H434 2001).
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada. Health Care in Canada 2001. Ottawa: CIHI, 2001. Available on the Internet at http://www.cihi.ca/HealthReport2001/toc.shtml
McQuaig, Linda. Shooting the Hippo: Death by Deficit and Other Canadian Myths. Toronto: Viking, 1995. Available from Athabasca University Library (Call No. HJ 8033 C3 M478 1995).
Robinson, David. “Health Care Cuts: Who’s to Blame?” Behind the Numbers: Economic Facts, Figures and Analysis, volume 2, no. 7 (September 11, 2000). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2000. Available on the Internet at http://www.policyalternatives.ca/
Tholl, William G. “Health Care Spending in Canada: Skating Faster on Thinner Ice.” In Ake Blomqvist and David M. Brown, editors. Limits to Care: Reforming Canada’s Health System in an Age of Restraint. Policy Study series, no. 20. Ottawa: C.D. Howe Institute, 1994. Available from Athabasca University Library (Call No. RA 410.55 C35 L734 1994).

Sample C Learning Contract

English 750 – Learning Contract

Title: Correspondences Between the Colonial and Post-Colonial Novels of Charles Dickens and Rohinton Mistry


Learning Objectives:
The goal of the essay I plan on writing is to systematically and extensively examine the similarities of Dickens and Mistry in their ability to portray the class structure through colorful characters and rich description. I want to fully actualize, by writing this essay, my idea that I thought of two years ago. This analysis will be undertaken in the context of Post-Colonial theory. I intend on immersing myself in relevant essays on Post-Colonial literatures and theory as they pertain to my topic. Once I’ve completed this essay, I plan on spending a considerable amount of time, probably several years, reading all of the information on Post-Colonial literature and applying the concepts learned to enrich my understanding of literature as a whole. I am truly fascinated by the wealth of information, and the new perspectives on literature, offered by this new approach.

Subjects Studied:


The primary focus of my paper will be Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations and Rohinton Mistry’s novel A Fine Balance. I will also allude to the following novels by Dickens: Hard Times and David Copperfiled. In my essay I will also mention other novels and short stories Mistry has written such as: Such a Long Journey, Family Matters, and Tales from Firozsha Baag.
To present a clear picture of the political, social, religious and economic background in which the novels are set, I will refer to a variety of web sites and books that will explain the time period and the important issues of the day.
Lastly, I will closely examine Mistry’s work through a Post-Colonial perspective. I will examine key elements in his portrayal of India, as well as his style. I will focus on how his style portrays the Indian caste system through characterization, language, and dialogue.
Intended Outcomes:
In my essay I plan on examining several key elements in Mistry’s and Dickens’ work and reveal the similarities in their writing styles, and in their ability to reveal all of the different class levels in their societies.
This is my basic outline: (It is still in the early planning stage and will ultimately change a considerable amount=even the divisions will probably change.)
I Point of View:

  1. Both were outsiders in their cultures: one because of poverty and the other due to religion

  2. This marginalizing in their society enables them to critically examine all social classes

  3. Due to their class or religion-their most developed characters tend to be the ones usually ignored by the upper class writers= the characters that represent the mid to low levels of society

  4. They both tend to present generous/warm characterizations of the members of the lower classes through carefully chosen imagery, and hyperbole.

II Social /Historical/Religion Environment




  1. Social and moral of the times

  2. Inclusion of relevant and factual accounts of the constructs of society

  3. Religion as it is revealed in the novels

  4. Politics and the impact on characters/time period

III Style




  1. Syntax and diction similarities=mimicry of Dickens’ sentence structure

  2. As a manipulative= able to construct true accounts through contextualizing etc.

  3. Dialogue as used to truly reveal the dialect and different social levels

IV Characters:




  1. Characters represent many different levels of society

  2. Dialogue exposes their position as does their attire etc. and characters in transition

  3. Characters are directly and indirectly characterized

  4. Bildungsroman as it applies to A Fine Balance and Great Expectations

V Conclusion


** All of the above will be linked to the class structure revealed, and examined, in each novel.

Methodology:


I plan on using the books and web sites listed in the Literature Review to further my understanding of the novels themselves and the time periods in which they are written, or discussed. Another major element I will concentrate on is the Post-Colonial perspective as seen in Mistry’s work.
The terminology I will use to evaluate and assess each author’s work is subdivided below.
I The first section of my paper deals with the concept of the outsider in society and his/her ability to effectively portray the class structure since he/she is essentially marginalized or excluded from the construct. The terminology I will use in this section will be the following: autobiographical fiction (since I will be inferring that the authors work and perspective is related to the author’s experience), biographical criticism (same as above). I will also examine the concept of a hybrid character that crosses the divisions of class (hybridization). I will also examine the concept of the expat in relation to Mistry’s work and will also suggest that Dickens, although not an expat, writes like someone excluded from the high levels of society (marginalized insider). There are many subdivisions I will explore (terminology) as I actually start to write the essay.
II The second section of my paper deals with the historic, religious, social and political constructs of society. I will use the following terminology to explore these elements in the novels: Marxist thought (as it applies to the appalling subjugation of the lower classes),Opst-Colonial strategies, social realism in the novels (historical, political, religious and social), and others that I haven’t touched on yet.
III The third section of my essay deals with language and how it is manipulated to truly capture the differences in the class levels in Dickens’ and Mistry’s works. I will closely examine the following terms in relation to the works: complex sentences, compound sentences, complex-compound sentences, colloquialism, hybridization, appropriation, and synecdoche.
IV The fourth section of my essay deals with characters and how they are constructed and what they represent (levels of society). I will use the following terms to express the similarities of the two authors’ characters: dialogue, dynamic and static characters, direct and indirect characterization, flat and round characters, and stereotypes. There are more elements that I will examine that tie in with the above, but I have to do some more research to fully realize the elements I want to explicate.
Even though I have four divisions within my essay, I will not subdivide the essay, rather, the ideas will flow from one section to the other as thoughts mentioned earlier on will be added.

Literature Review:


Ashcroft, Bill et al.The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures.
Chaudhuri, Nirad C. Hinduism. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1979.
Childs, Peter ed.Post-Colonial Theory and English Literature: A Reader. Edinburgh, England:

Edinburgh University Press, 1999.


Coomaraswamy and Sister Nivedita.Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists. New York, New York:

Dover Publications, Inc., 1967.


Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. New York, New York: Bantam Books, 1988.
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. New York, New York: Penguin Group,1980.
Dickens, Charles. Hard Times New York, New York: Penguin Group, 1982.
Evans, R.J.The Victorian Age: 1815-1914 Wheeling, Illinois: Edward Arnold, 1968.
King, Bruce ed.New National and Post-Colonial Literatures. New York, New York: Oxford

University Press, 1996.


Mitchell, Sally.Daily Life in Victorian England. Westport6, Connecticut: Greenwood Press,

1996.
Pool, Daniel.What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew. New York, New York: Simon

and Schuster Inc., 1993.
Price, Martin ed.Dickens A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey:

Prentice Hall, Inc., 1967.


Rohinton, Mistry. A Fine Balance. Toronto, Canada: McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1997.
Rohinton, Mistry.Family Matters. Toronto, Canada: McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 2002.
Rohinton, Mistry. Such A Long Journey. Toronto, Canada: McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1997.
Rohinton, Mistry. Tales From Firozsha Baag Toronto, Canada: McClelland and Stewart Ltd.,

1992.
Tredell, Nicolas ed. Icon Critical Guides:Charles Dickens Great Expectations. Duxford,

Cambridge: Cox and Wyman, Ltd., 1998.

Web Pages:
Charles Dickens-Biographical Information

http://65.107.211.206/dickens/bioov.html


The Parsi Faith

http://www.pemcom.demon.co.uk/queen/parsi.html
Political Discourse: Theories of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism

http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/poldiscourse/discourseov.html
Rohinton Mistry: An Overview

http://www.thecore.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/canada/literature/mistry/mistryov.html
The Toronto Circle

http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2000/04/james.htm
“Writers From Elsewhere”

http://www.victorianweb.org/post/canada/literature/mistry/takhar1.html
“ Rohinton Mistry Becomes an Author Almost by Chance”

http://lubbockonline.com/news/062697/rohinton.htm

Schedule:


April 20, 2002: Initial proposal due 4-6 pages long

May 30, 2002: Update on proposal due 6-10 pages long

July 30, 2002: Final paper due 30-33 pages long

Role of Instructor:


I would like Dr. XXXXX to critically examine my proposal and my update and make suggestions. I would like her to grade both of them and only allot 20% of the grade for the first two assignments. I would like her to grade my final paper; I would like it to be worth 80%. I would like to be able to contact her and ask her for suggestions or ask her to read my draft prior to turning it in so she can make suggestions as to ways it might be improved. I would like her to act as a guide as I explore Post-Colonial literature for the first time.


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