Attender exam (esame da frequentante)

Assessment will be based on three elements: participation in class, an assessed essay, and an oral exam. The final mark will be calculated as follows:

  • Participation, 20%
  • Assessed Essay, 50%
  • Oral Exam, 30%


Participation (20% of final mark):

This part of the mark will depend on: attendance rate; the presentation given in one of the seminars; the degree and quality of participation in class discussions. The mark will break down into two elements:

– 10% for attendance (physical presence in class) and contributions to discussions in class. Students who attend at least 80% of classes will automatically receive 30/30 (that is, three guaranteed points towards their final exam mark).

– 10% for the presentation given in a seminar.

As a general rule regarding the participation mark, the willingness to give a presentation in a seminar and to contribute actively to discussions is itself viewed in a positive light.

Students who attend less than 50% of classes fail to qualify to take the regular exam and will be considered non-attenders (non frequentanti): see “non-attending exam (exame da non frequentante)”, at the bottom of this page.

Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to give a presentation in a seminar but nevertheless attend at least 50% of the classes, continue to qualify for the regular exam. However, they must prepare two additional texts for the oral part of the exam (see “oral exam”, below).


Assessed essay (50% of final mark):

The essay should be no more than 4,000 (four thousand) words long, including notes but excluding bibliography. The essay must be chosen from a list of specific topics provided by the teachers.

The list of essay topics will be posted on this page shortly.

General Guidelines for writing a good essay will be provided during the course, in week 8. Students may write their essays on identical topics, and may indeed choose to discuss them beforehand among themselves. However, the planning and writing of each essay must be an autonomous exercise: assessment is individual, not collective. Essays will be subject to the usual rules on plagiarism, and will be scanned using the relevant software. Essays will be assessed in terms of their clarity, structure, and argumentative rigor, in terms of their sensitivity to the relevant ethical and philosophical issues, and, ultimately, in terms of the efficacy with which they address the central question of the essay topic.

Further info regarding the Essay topics are available here: Global Justice essay topics 2017-18

Essays should be submitted by email to the two course teachers (,, at least one week before the chosen date for the oral exam (see the deadlines below).


Oral exam (30% of final mark):

The oral exam will assess: the student’s ability to clarify and defend the arguments advanced in the assessed essay; the student’s knowledge of any 4 (four) texts chosen by the student from the list of compulsory papers (see Text)

This corresponds to the list of “required readings”, plus the principal readings from the two “supplementary seminars”.

Special cases

Attender exam (without presentation)

Students who were unable to give a presentation  (provided that they will be able to provide an  adequate justification to the instructors) must prepare 6 (six) texts, rather than four. In this case, the breakdown of the final exam mark will be modified as follows:

  • Participation, 10%;
  • Assessed Essay, 50%;
  • Oral exam, 40%.

Non-attender exam (esame da non-frequentante)

Any student enrolled in the course who attends less than 50% of classes counts as a non-attending student. In this case the exam will consist in a written + in-depth oral exam on the entire program of course readings (precisely: all of the “required readings”).

  • Assessed Essay, 50%;
  • Oral exam, 40%.

Papers Submission schedule:

Papers should be submitted one week before the oral examination, following the schedule below:

Exam Sessions Papers Submission Deadlines Oral exams
First Session – May May 24- 9 a.m. May 31
First Session – June June 8 – 9 a.m. June 15
First Session – July June 27- 9 a.m. July  4
Second Session – September  August 31- 9 a.m.  September 7
Second Session – October
Third Session – January


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