nformation on the Portfolio Assessment
We realise that many of you have never had to create portfolios before. We’ve therefore listed some FAQs about the portfolio below. Please do get in touch if you have any further queries.
HOW SHOULD I STRUCTURE MY PORTFOLIO?
The portfolio should be focused upon globalisation in relation to a single country, region (e.g. Yorkshire; Bavaria; Xinjiang), or city. The first portfolio entry should introduce the country, region or city, and briefly outline how you will examine its relationship(s) with globalisation in the subsequent entries of the portfolio. The subsequent entries should examine your chosen location in conjunction with the various themes and theories that are introduced during the seminars. For example, if you choose to focus on London, the first entry would briefly introduce the city, a second entry might examine an aspect of globalisation and migration (a lecture theme) in London, a third entry might examine an aspect of globalisation and nationhood (another lecture theme) in the city, and so on. The best portfolios will have theoretical and thematic links across entries to give a consistent, coherent commentary on a location and its encounters with globalisation.
See “Assessment” on the blackboard module page for a draft portfolio structure centred on a city/municipality that was a fieldwork site for one of your lecturers (Paul). You will notice that the proposed entries are quite specific e.g. the entry on migration and globalisation in the city focuses upon a particular “wave” of state-led migration in the 1960s/70s, and how this migration was the result of global tensions. We expect the same from you. Migration in London, for example, is a huge topic, that could not be adequately addressed even over the course of a book so you need to be realistically focused with your portfolio entries.
One way of making a portfolio entry suitably focused is to critically examine a particular primary source, whether that be a textual source (e.g. a newspaper article) a visual source (an image which relates to your chosen location), or a sound source (music or soundscape recordings). The source should be attached to the entry.
You’ll find a wealth of source material in the module handbook (and on the module reading list) to help you get started with researching your entries but you will also need to look beyond this material according to your own interests and the geographical focus of your portfolio.
As module leaders, we are happy to talk over your ideas for portfolio entries, but it is important that you approach us with specific ideas in mind, rather than hoping that we give you a topic to research.
HOW MANY PORTFOLIO ENTRIES DO I NEED TO WRITE AND WHEN?
Following an introductory entry, the remaining six entries should be based on six out of the nine teaching sessions (i.e. not including the Introduction or Consolidation sessions). You should aim to have at least three entries completed by the intermediary check that will take place at the end of week seven.
HOW LONG SHOULD MY PORTFOLIO ENTRIES BE?
Each entry should be 400-600 words. Portfolio entries are supposed to be concise reflective passages based on your analysis of an aspect of a given topic. This word count does not include a list of references, which should be included for each entry.
HOW SHOULD I REFERENCE SOURCES IN MY PORTFOLIO ENTRY?
You should reference any source material that you include in your portfolio entries. As you are students from different courses we are not strict about which referencing system to use, as long as you reference, and do so consistently. Please use the one with which you are familiar, or even better, use the Westminster Harvard Guide. This kind of in-text citation style generally works better for a portfolio that a footnote-based citation stye. Please include a list of references at the end of each entry.