Just a reminder at the outset that POL 200 is a writing-intensive course. We will therefore do a great deal of writing and spend time working on the craft of writing in the political science tradition. Students will write in and out of class and will also regularly post on Blackboard. We will devote considerable class time to writing and use our writing as a basis of class discussion.

Required Materials

Isaac Balbus, Governing Subjects: An Introduction to the Study of Politics. New York: Routledge 2010
Vandana Shiva, Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit South End Press, 2002
Lisa Baglione, Writing a Research Paper in Political Science. Wadsworth 2007
Eric Pooley, The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth Hyperion 2010

In addition, students are expected to read a national newspaper regularly


Students' written grades will be determined by the following. Note that the Research Paper will be broken down into three, graded parts.

Assignment Percentage of Grade Due Date
Short Paper
Short Paper
Class Writing Assignments
Research Paper
Final Draft
Final Exam
Class Participation

Note: Written assignments are due in class or sent to me electronically on the due date in question. Extensions are given only in dire circumstances. Late work will be penalized 1/3 of one letter grade per day. Work not handed in within 10 days of the due date will receive a grade of zero. There is no extra credit in this course.

All work handed in is to be the sole work of the student. Students are also advised to read "The Source" with regard to academic honesty. Those 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 and penalized as  being late. Note we will spend considerable time in this course on proper citation methods.

Class Sessions

Individual class sessions are very important to the success of the class. We all have a great deal to learn from each other, but this requires that all students attend class regularly and come prepared. Much of our in-class time will be spent in formal and informal discussions and everyone is expected to participate. Although in a class on politics we are likely to disagree with one another, students are expected to treat one another and the instructor with every respect.

Electronics Policy

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 with electronics, however, 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.


POL 200: Politics

Dept. of Politics and Govt.
University of Hartford
Michael Clancy

class: T/R: 9:25-10:40
office: H123b
office Hours: T/R 1:30-2:30

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POL 200: Politics