Seminars And Presentation

During your time at SWCC it is likely that you will be called upon to 'lead' a seminar. Formats do vary from course to course but this commonly involves giving some kind of presentation to a small group of peers on a given topic or subject. In some cases you will be assigned a topic whilst on others there may be a degree of choice. Examples of topics may include discussion of a research article, a selected text or source, or a review of current thinking in your discipline.

Some seminars may be structured in the format of a debate, where one or more students need to initiate a discussion on the presentation topics with other students. The student(s) leading the seminar may be required to take a particular stance. This can help hone skills in critical analysis as you may not always be defending an argument or issue that you support.

In some cases, seminars are assessed and contribute to coursework marks whilst in others this is not the case. However, even if seminar work is not formally assessed as part of your coursework, student-led seminars can be extremely important. Remember that being engaged in discussions about your subject with your peers - your fellow students - can be a key way of learning, developing your understanding and improving your oral communication skills.