Class meetings will in large part determine the success of the class. Typical sessions will combine lecture and discussion. Students, therefore, should attend class regularly, hold a clear grasp of the readings, and be eager to discuss the assigned topic. I understand that you are all very busy people, trying to balance several academic and non-academic things in your lives. I see you in class for a grand total of 150 minutes per week and would like to make the very most of it. Much of this depends upon you. Please come to class, come on time, and come prepared.
This is an active learning class, where I will provide a variety of exercises both in and outside of class that require you to engage course materials. The goal is to provide different methods of encouraging broad and active student participation during class sessions. Others include small group discussion and debates. Finally, while discussion of politics will almost certainly lead to disagreements, students will be expected to treat each other and the instructor with respect at all times.
Final grades for the course will be determined by evaluation of five assignments:
Class Participation 10% Midterm (in class) 25% Theory Assignment 15% Policy Paper 25% Final Exam (take home) 25%
Note on Academic Integrity
All work that students perform in this course must be their own. Students are also advised to read "The Source" with regard to academic honesty. Students caught cheating will automatically fail the course. Whenever you use outside sources of information in your research, you must cite your sources properly. All papers submitted in this course should employ the American Political Science Association citation method as outlined in the Style Manual for Political Science. Papers submitted without complete citations will not be graded.
Note: Written assignments are due in class. Extensions are granted only given appropriate circumstances.
Late Policy: Late work will be penalized 1/3 of one letter grade per day. After 10 days students receive a grade of zero. Note that students receiving a zero on any assignment will almost certainly fail the course. Finally, note there is no extra credit in this course.
Attendance: Attendance is fully expected in this course. Students missing more than 3 times unexcused will find it very difficult to do well
I know you all think of yourselves as multi-taskers, delicately balancing the intake of various forms of information from multiple sources. Most of these sources, of course, are electronic in nature. I, too, like my electronic toys and in the past I have been fairly open and flexible regarding electronics. The situation has gotten increasingly out of hand. I find students using laptops or texting to be not only nonengaged, but also distracting other students around them. Therefore I need to enforce a policy that prohibits personal electronics in class. Students are not to use cell phones, laptops, PDAs or music players in class. Students observed using these items will upon first offense receive a participation grade of zero for the day, the second offense will bring their semester participation grade down one full letter grade, the third offense will result in them being dropped from the class.
*Joshua Goldstein and Jon Pevehouse, International Relations, Brief, 6th ed. Pearson Longman, 2012
*Richard Mansbach and Edward Rhodes, Global Politics in a Changing World, 4th edition, 2009
*Jamaica Kincaid A Small Place. Penguin, 1989
Note: Additional Readings may be accessed through Blackboard or directly through the Web.
2/11 Theory Assignment Due 2/22 Policy Paper topic due 3/13 Midterm Exam 3/20 Policy Paper Outline and Bib. Due 4/15 Policy Papers due 5/6 Final Exam Distributed