Currency and Culture (oral presentation)
This is the first of two research assignments on currency and
culture. The two assignments will be:
You will select a specific group of people with a common currency,
who shares a set of traits such as shared beliefs, historical time,
governmental structure and/or geography. In your presentation, you
should address what the currency is, focusing on what makes the currency
interesting. You might discuss some of the following:
- An oral presentation on a currency used within a specific group of
people. Your oral presentation will primarily be factual, and
should focus on other peoples' ideas.
- A thesis paper which explores how the currency affects and is
influenced by the people's culture. You'll elaborate on the
research you did for your oral presentation and defend your own
ideas about the way money relates to the culture.
- physical characteristics of the currency,
- whether the currency is easily divisible,
- whether and how the currency is backed,
- who produces the currency,
- when did the currency first appear and why,
- how the currency is used, saved, and exchanged, and/or
- how much value the currency has outside the group.
You will give a 10-20 minute PowerPoint presentation to the
class and be prepared to field questions. (The presenter should feel
free to say, "I don't know," in response to a question; better that
than to answer a question with pure speculation.) You should e-mail
me the PowerPoint presentation so that I receive it before 8am of the
day you are schedule to present. In addition (just in case) be sure a
copy of the presentation is in your home directory or bring
it to class on a disk or the like.
This oral presentation is worth 10% of your final course grade. I
will assess it using the following grading guidelines:
- A grade of F is reserved for a failure to comply with the
terms of the assignment.
- The D presentation, in some significant way, fails to address the
- The C presentation, while it attempts to addresses the question,
is sufficiently hard to follow that the audience may not
understand what makes the currency interesting. The presentation
may be poorly organized, or the presenter may not explain the
currency's central attributes. Sometimes the C presentation
is well prepared, but isn't practiced. As a consequence, the oral
portion of the presentation is rushed, choppy, or garbled.
- The B presentation is easy to follow and addresses the question
asked. Most of the slides have enough information to help the
presentation, but not so much information that the slide detract from
the presentation. The presentation is comfortably paced, giving the audience
time to absorb any material on the slides and time to hear what the
presenter is saying. The presentation clearly identifies both what
the currency is and what properties of the currency or how it's used
are most interesting.
The presenter might be nervous and might have to stop to collect his
or her thoughts at times, but the presentation is still clear.
- The A presentation has all the qualities of a B presentation, but
in addition it is lively, well paced, and interesting. The sure mark
of an A presentation is that the reader continues to think about it
after the presentation is over.