This week, you will hand in Parts 2 and 3 of the final assignment.(PLEASE SEE ATTACHED FOR PART ONE)
Part 2: Video Presentation:( TRANSCRIPT)
In the video presentation, you will provide an analytical discussion and conclude with an actual policy recommendation (no more than 10 minutes in length). You must create a transcript of the video with scholarly references included, but you do not need to speak the references. You can use the Media Gallery tab on the left side of the classroom to upload your video presentation. You also may use the webcam feature in the Media Gallery to record your video presentation, or you may use Screencast-0-Matic audio and video. This assignment will be a video of you – your voice, your face. Please make sure you are prepared for the technology required to complete the assignment. Practice early in the term with a mock video and then reach out to me or Classroom Support if you are having trouble. Please add this to your Media Collection and be sure to share it. Please label your file as follows: LastName.FirstName.Week8Assignment (note: is it very important to include your name!)
- Discuss the alternatives to the current policy option by enumerating and explaining each policy option in turn. You should present several policy alternatives, and they must be serious alternatives. The alternatives presented must be serious contenders that have been weighed in terms of pros and cons.
- Pros and cons of each policy option should be discussed next. Identify the political, economic, and security implications for each option. Each policy option should be compared and contrasted to the other options as well as to the current policy. The analysis should seriously consider the feasibility of implementation, not only in terms of economic or strategic implications, but also in terms of political feasibility. There are always going to be some benefits and some costs to any policy proposal â€“ there is no proposal so good that it does not have some costs associated with it. Trade-offs are the heart of the policy process.
- Clearly identify which option will be recommended and which options will be discounted.
- Clearly lay out the argument for why that option is better than each of the others.
- Support your arguments with both quantitative and qualitative evidence from academic literature.
Part 3: Written Transcript and Executive Summary:
Written transcript: In creating the video, it is easier to write your script first and then create the video. Write as if you are preparing an analytical essay, but edit the language and tone for video presentation. Upload your transcript to the Week 8 assignment folder as a Word document. Don’t forget to include the in-text references and a References List, just like a normal academic paper. (Do not speak the in-text references – just skip over them in the video. If it’s important for your audience to know whose work you are citing, add something like “Stephen Walt suggests that foreign policy should …”.)
Executive summary: This component will consist of a 150-word written executive summary, which you will post in the Week 8 forum. It is due by 11:55 pm Eastern time on Thursday of Week 8.
The executive summary should include the following information:
- A statement of current policy;
- Reasons for initiation changes;
- Policy options to be considered; and
- Recommended course of action.
Be prepared to defend your reasoning for the new policy in the Week 8 forum, including pros and cons of the alternatives