most basic requirement of this course is that students come to class
regularly, come on time, and come ready to contribute to class
discussion (in other words having read the assigned material for that
day). Because student input is central to a successful class,
students who miss class regularly will not do well in their class
participation grade and frequent absenteeism will result in being
dropped from the class roster.
course will be run primarily as a discussion-oriented class. That means
that students must come to class ready to speak and listen about the
assigned readings. Students will be asked to contribute regularly. I
will do my part to encourage broad participation, but students must
also do theirs by coming prepared to speak. Students also, therefore,
must treat each other and the professor with every respect.
written requirements, students will write an in-class midterm, take a
final exam, and participate in a two-week long simulation. The latter
assignment is rather extensive.
Note on Academic Integrity
that students perform in this course must be their own, with the
exception of the collaborative group assignments. Students are also
advised to read The Source with regard to academic honesty and proper
citation of work. 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.
are frowned upon and given only for extenuating circumstances. Late
work will be treated as such and will be downgraded by 1/3 of one
letter grade per day. After 10 days students receive a grade of "0" for that assignment. It is very difficult to pass the course with any grade of zero.
Grading will take the following form:
Simulation Participation 10%