POLITICAL SCIENCE WEEKLY DIGEST
FRIDAY, August 19, 2016
POLITICAL SCIENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
TENURE TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Application deadline: Friday, September 23
The Department of Political Science is advertising for an Assistant Professor position in the field of International Relations. The advertisement is available at http://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/politicalscience/assets/docs/home/ir-ad-fall2016.pdf
POLI UNDERGRAD ANNUAL MEET & GREET
Wednesday, September 21, 4:30-6 pm, DTB A104
Mark your calendars for the annual POLI Undergrad Meet and Greet. This annual event is a great opportunity to share information about the department as well as build a strong connection with our incoming students. Please RSVP to Rosemary at email@example.com.
EUCE LECTURE SERIES: âNATIONALISM AND SELF-DETERMINATION CLAIMS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND CANADAâ
DR. ANDRE LECOURS, Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
Friday, August 19, 3 pm, SEDG C168
This lecture is co-hosted with the Centre for Global Studies, Political Science and the European Studies Program European Union Centre of Excellence Lecture Series
QuĂ©becâs independence is less likely now than it has been in the last four decades yet Quebeckersâ attachment to Canada is weakening. Could this âQuĂ©bec paradoxâ be awaiting Catalonia, the Basque Country, Scotland and Flanders? AndrĂ© Lecours is Full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His main research interests are Canadian politics, European politics, nationalism (with a focus on Quebec, Scotland, Flanders, Catalonia and the Basque country) and federalism. He is the editor of New Institutionalism. Theory and Analysis published by the University of Toronto Press in 2005, the author of Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State (University of Nevada Press, 2007), and the co-author (with Daniel BĂ©land) of Nationalism and Social Policy. The Politics of Territorial Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2008).
TECHNOLOGY AND INTEGRATED LEARNING â NEWS FOR UPCOMING FALL TERM
Technology Integrated Learning (TIL) is gearing up for the fall term as are most on campus. We are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as new ones in our offices soon. Whether you are new to CourseSpaces or are looking for a refresher please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have â firstname.lastname@example.org. We are offering CourseSpaces workshops and additional drop-in support in September 2016.
Extra Drop-in Support
TIL will host extra daily drop-in support 3:30-4:30pm from September 5-16 in McPherson Library Room 034J.
TIL will continue to host regular drop-in support in September at the times below:
- Tuesdays 11:00am â 12:00pm
- Thursdays 1:00 â 2:00pm
- Fridays 1:00 â 2:00pm
Learn or refresh the basics of CourseSpaces in preparation for the fall semester. Master the CourseSpaces grade book with tips for setup, aggregation methods and marking. Enhance your learning environment with tips for managing multiple course sections or large classes in CourseSpaces. Please check out our Workshop webpage for schedules and workshop descriptions. Registration for these workshops is available at the TIL Connect site. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com
LEARNING AND TEACHING CENTRE: LETâS TALK ABOUT TEACHING
Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1, HHB
Two days of conversations, networking and concurrent sessions led by award-winning UVic teachers and Learning and Teaching Centre staff for all faculty, instructors and lecturers at UVic. More information at http://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/politicalscience/assets/docs/home/ir-ad-fall2016.pdf
MSC THESIS OR INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN LATIN AMERICA
School of Environmental Studies
Supervisors Diana Cordoba & Ana Maria Peredo
Application deadline: Thursday, August 25
Master thesis or internship can be part of the School of Environmental Studies but students from other programs may also contact us to discuss possibilities.
The Project âAssessing Impacts of Fair Trade for All on farmers, farmworkers and the overall Fair Trade Market Systemâ is able to support one master thesis or internship fieldwork in Latin America.
Period: Up to 2 months of field research
The Fair Trade for All (FT4ALL) initiative, developed by Fair Trade USA, seeks to include more independent smallholder and farm workers in the Fair Trade (FT) model, while continuing to grow the market for FT coffee. By expanding eligibility beyond cooperative organizations which have been considered by some traditional FT promoters as the main driver of smallholdersâ livelihoods improvement and empowerment in the original Fairtrade model; this initiative has fueled an important debate in the international arena. Nonetheless, Fair Trade USA claims that the diversity of visions and strategies in the FT movement can be a source of strength, growth and development. As the impact of the new initiative cannot be assessed ex ante with theoretical arguments or hypothetical forecasts, there is a need to monitor and assess its effects âin the fieldâ on three discrete sets of participants in the Fair Trade Certified marketplace: (1) independent smallholder farmers; (2) farmworkers newly eligible with the advent of FT4All; and, (3) Fair Trade Certified Market System.
The purpose of the research project is to outline an evaluation process that will document the outcomes and effects of the FT4ALL certification with robust scientific methods that allow clearer lessons to be drawn from the intervention. The specific objectives of the research are the following:
1. Assess the impact of select FT4ALL coffee pilots in terms of empowerment and socioeconomic development for independent small coffee producers and workersâ households hired by the FT4ALL certified farms;
2. Track how the organizational processes of the independent small coffee producers and farm workers have evolved because of FT4ALL certification.
3. Identify the early effects of FT4ALL on the Fairtrade certified coffee market, in particular, the volumes and prices of coffee traded by existing Fairtrade Certified smallholder cooperatives.
The project invites one student to develop a proposal for field research in one of the FT4All pilot cases in Latino America: Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. This field research may be part of an academic requirement (master thesis or internship). The student is encouraged to focus their analysis of FT4All implementation on at least two of the three following levels: (a) the micro or household level with both participating (smallholder producers at the household level or farm workers on large farms); (b) at the mezzo or organizational level with a focus on groups of producers, farm worker associations and exporters; and, (c) at the level of the broader Fairtrade system. The student can also combine and link other topics like participation, agricultural innovations and social justice issues. Finally, the student will also be encouraged to use qualitative methods for data collection (i.e. interviews, observations, including participant observation of meetings, and focus groups) and combine this data with quantitative data already collected by the project.
Fieldwork focus on Peru can start in January or February 2017.
Fieldwork focus on Nicaragua or Honduras needs to start in September 2016
Offered by the project
ï§ One round trip economy air fare from Victoria BC to Latin America for the applicant
ï§ An operational budget for field research to include travel in Latin America and costs of data collection (up to CAD 1,000).
ï§ Supervision and support from Drs. Diana Cordoba and Ana Maria Peredo during the fieldwork phase and writing period.
Applications will be considered at any time until August 25, 2016. Applicants should submit a letter of interest (maximum 400 words) together with curriculum vitae. Command of Spanish is required (conversational level); past work experience in Latin America will be appreciated. Enquiries about research topics details can be obtained from Dr. Diana CĂłrdoba, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Ana Maria Peredo, Email: email@example.com
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