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Funding: 2015/16 AAUW International Fellowships for Women in USA

28 Aug

Funding: 2015/16 AAUW International Fellowships for Women in USA.

Free study material: Celebrating Rethinking Globalizations, Routledge

23 Aug

Free study material: Celebrating Rethinking Globalizations, Routledge.

Funding: International Undergraduate Scholarships, University of Adelaide, Australia

5 Aug

Funding: International Undergraduate Scholarships, University of Adelaide, Australia.

Funding: International Merit Scholarships, Monash University

3 Jun

Funding: International Merit Scholarships, Monash University.

Free Access to Study Material, Wiley Online Library

2 Apr

Free Access to Study Material, Wiley Online Library.

Funding: Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentships – Leverhulme Trust – jobs.ac.uk

10 Sep

The Leverhulme Trust is inviting applications for its 2014 Study Abroad Studentships scheme.

Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentships enable a period of advanced study or research anywhere in the world, except for the UK and USA.

To qualify, applicants need to:

  • hold an undergraduate degree;
  • have been resident in the UK for at least five years;
  • hold a degree at any level from a UK university; and
  • either currently be registered as a student, or have been a registered student within the last eight years.

Up to £17,000 a year is available for maintenance and travel; additional help with fees, research costs, and maintenance for dependents may also be provided.

Fellowships are offered for periods of twelve to twenty-four months, and must begin between 1 June 2014 and 1 May 2015. Approximately twenty studentships are available in 2014.

via Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentships – Leverhulme Trust – jobs.ac.uk.

Forbidden is Sweet: How to Escape the Temptation of Plagiarism and Beat the Excuses

17 Nov

We have spoken about plagiarism before, explaining why it is harmful for a student. Now it’s time to speak about the most common reasons why students turn to it and how to make excuses disappear.

1) I can’t find adequate sources

Admittedly, shortage of sources makes the task of an essay appear overwhelming. But if you devote some more time on searching for them, you will be amazed how much stuff you can find (and yes, you’ll be proud of yourself). So, how can you make it?

  • Speak to your professor or tutor: Helping you make it with your coursework and be good at your discipline is the main commitment of the academic staff of your course. Therefore, they should be the first people to turn to when your inspiration decides to take a break for a while. Talk to them openly and admit that you need some help with finding enough sources to complete your essay. They will be more than happy to  help you by recommending you texts that will provide you with the information you need to complete your task. Moreover, a discussion with them upon this matter often results to giving you more ideas about places where you can find what you are looking for not only for that specific assignment, but for the next ones.
  • Consult friends and classmates: This is the most important value of networking at university. Approach friends and colleagues who have written about something similar in the past (or their own friends and colleagues) and write down the sources they suggest.
  • Be inventive when it comes to keywords: Make sure that you follow this advice, since in Social Sciences (let alone in International Politics) each subject can be approached from different angles. For example, let’s say you have to write about the value of mediation in a conflict. The term “mediation” should not be your only keyword. You will get a lot more information if you use conflict management“, “crisis”, “resolution”, “negotiations”, “mediator” or “war” as well.  Always try to be as imaginative as possible.
  • Consult general books: Go to your library or bookshop and search for academic books which speak about your subject in general and try to read it thoroughly. For example, let’s say that you have to speak about whether nuclear weapons are a factor of security. Before you present your arguments, make sure that you know enough about nuclear weapons.

2) I’m not sure I can make it: Low self-confidence is what companies who write your assignment for you depend on to make profit. There is not right and wrong in International Politics; there is only thought, conclusion and argument. Your professors know very well that each subject can be seen from many, many aspects and have many, many, MANY  approaches. Even if you use exactly the same sources with the classmate who is working on the same subject, your conclusions might be different. All that your professor wants to see is a balanced text with accurate arguments which can persuade them that these arguments actually lead to the conclusion you present. In other words, find accurate sources, use them to make a conclusion and then, based on that sources try to express why you reached this conclusion and some other. Remember, whatever you say, you need to explain why you say it.

3)I can’t cope with the workload:

  • Adapt to the requirements of your course: All courses can turn into nightmares sometimes. It’s fun at the beginning (you know, fresher events, new friends, enthusiasm and curiosity about the discipline you chose), but when the real thing starts, you realize that it’s actually slightly harder than you thought. If it’s necessary that you work in parallel with your studies, you might sometimes feel you are going to collapse. You know, I found myself in that situation when I started my Masters. My course was absolutely fascinating and provoked that “wow” reaction to others, but  I only knew what I was going through indeed. Coming from a country where laziness is not that big a deal in the Academia, I soon realized that the extra work I did during my Bachelors in my country could hardly reach the very minimum effort required for my new degree. So what did I do? I just adapted to the demands of my course; I drastically reduced my nights out, chatted less with my flatmates, rejected most invitations for social events and excursions and spent endless hours on my desk trying to finish with my tasks. I’m afraid there is no other way. Being a student in Politics is a hard full-time job; it requires catching up with news and new theories, attending conferences and, in general, observe what happens in the world 24 hours per day. So, before you apply, make sure that International Politics is a discipline able to make you feel happy and accomplished. When you apply for a job, run for a committee or join a club, have in mind and declare to people involved that your course is  your very first priority. Academic studies are a big investment, but it can be too costly, pointless and lengthy if you do not devote some serious time and effort.
  • Undertake tasks you are confident you can accomplish: That rare, challenging and fascinating subject makes you dream of yours impressing your professor, sponsor or that special classmate, but it’s a no-no to choose it if you feel it requires too much time or is too difficult. All you should care about during your course is your degree and mark, so make sure you choose subjects you are sure you can cope with. You can keep this subject for independent, individual research when you have enough time. You should always have in mind that for a student IMPRESSION matters much less than COMPLETION.

So, the next time plagiarism knocks your door, you know what to  do to keep it  closed!

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