For your Final you are to create three categories entirely of your own choosing and design (they can be conceptual, practical, figurative, whatever works best for you), and then include under each of these categories a number of keywords from the list below which seem to you to be related to one another in a significant or useful way through each of your chosen categories and in respect to your sense of the overall subject of our course together.
For each keyword you choose, provide a clear and concise definition of the term (nothing more than a sentence, at most two) in your own words, and then follow that definition with a quotation from one of the assigned texts from our syllabus. The quotation should be one that is especially illuminating for the definition you have made in some way: the quotation can be a definition that yours is a variation of, the quotation can be an example or illustration that supports your definition, the quotation can provide an analogy or figure or frame that inspired your definition, the quotation can even be something that seemed so wrong to you that it provoked your definition as a kind of protest or intervention.
Your final must provide definitions and quotations for at least thirty-six keywords but no more than forty. None of your categories can contain fewer than seven keywords and none can contain more than sixteen keywords.
Each of your categories should have a title and a general explanatory paragraph (and I do mean a paragraph, not an essay) indicating what you mean for your category to delineate.
The deadline for the final is our last class together. If you have time to get this done early rather than later, you should by all means do so. This is the sort of project that is very doable if you devote some time to it, but almost impossible if you try to do it at the last minute. You should give yourself several days to do this work, since scouting through passages and notes across the whole term often yields unexpected insights and shocks of recognition that lead to revisions of your initial categorizations and keyword groupings. I hope this exercise is an enlightening and enjoyable one for you all rather than a drudgery. Be experimental, exploratory, earnest about it and you are almost sure to get incomparably more benefit from it. The love you take is equal to the love you make, as it were.
If you have questions, always feel free to post them in Comments, e-mail them to me, raise them in class, or talk with me about them personally.
Here are the Keywords I'm having you choose from:
Cap and Trade
Integrated Pest Management
One Size Fits All
Small Is Beautiful
Triple Bottom Line