Your group will be preparing a brief (15 to 20 minute) PowerPoint presentation about your assigned case. Every member of your group should contribute to the content and everyone needs to actively participate in your presentation. The purpose of this exercise is to introduce research resources available here on campus, introduce you to each other in a work environment, and lay groundwork for your research efforts on your assigned roles in the capstone exercise. Dr. Wedig will be presenting a sample case Monday in class to use as a model before you begin your preparation.
The points listed below should guide your presentation, but feel free to add additional, relevant information that you may uncover. We will discuss sources and formatting in our class sessions.
Avoid long text blocks and do not read from your presentation! Use it as an outline to organize your talk and guide the audience, bullet points are recommended.
Use of color and interesting backgrounds is OK, but make sure that your content is legible on the slide. (Avoid very dark background and make sure your text font contrasts with your background color).
Additional slides are better than putting too much information on one.
Maps, pictures, charts and graphs are helpful visual aids. BUT - even though these cases deal with some grim topics, do not use graphic images. These are neither helpful nor appropriate in this context.
Introduce your case
Relevant background information such as population, racial/ethnic or political breakdown (in %) as relevant to your case, GDP/capita, economy (exports, main economic activities, etc.), other information that helps us understand your case.
Actors involved in the conflict – (do not include all actors if there are many small groups, look for main parties)
Who? – describe groups.
Why? –factors that led to the conflict.
Estimated numbers, regional affiliations (if applicable), relevant characteristics or ideologies of groups, other useful information.
Background on the conflict
When – start and stop date.
Where – was it nationwide, only a specific region, or did it cross borders?
Costs – include casualties as well as economic, political and other costs to those involved.
Human rights violations – by any and all sides, be specific about who committed which acts.
Additional helpful information.
Resolution of the conflict
How was it resolved? – negotiation, mediated by outside party, clear winner, other?
What did the end of the conflict look like? (was there distribution of territory, division of political power, one side surrendering or fleeing, etc.)
Human rights prosecutions
Who was prosecuted – what level of participation (committing violations, ordering violations, other categories?)
What sorts of violations were covered in these prosecutions?
Venues used for prosecutions – national, local, international
Penalties enforced – range of penalties
What is the current status of your case?
What is the consensus on effectiveness of justice and reconciliation?
Remaining issues to be resolved?
List all sources and discuss them – what you found in each, ease of finding info, other interesting info in that particular source