There are three written assignments for the course. They are each described below.

  • First Writing Assignment
    • A 5–7 page paper worth 20% of your grade. This paper will be on an assigned topic and will analyze various theoretical frameworks used to understand capitalism.
  • Second Writing Assignment
    • A second 5–7 page paper is worth 20% of the grade.
  • Final Writing Assignment
    • The final written assignment is a 10 page research paper on a topic of your choosing that relates to the 2008 financial crisis. The paper is worth 40% of your final grade. Each student will also give a brief 10 minute presentation on his or her final paper topic in class and then lead class discussion for 5 minutes. The oral presentation and participation in class discussion will count for 20% of your grade.

Writing Resources

Students in this course worked with tutors from the MIT Writing Center. These resources may help you in your own writing. Both documents are courtesy of Diane Hendrix.