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PO 350 Special Topics in Politics
Quitmeier, William


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CoursePO 350 Special Topics in Politics HO
SemesterFA2005
FacultyQuitmeier, William
TitleAdjucnt Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesJuris Doctor University of Kansas
BA in Economics University of Kansas
Missouri Law License and Real Estate Broker's License
Office Location10150 N Ambassador Drive Suite 100 Kansas City MO 64153
Office HoursBy Appointment
Daytime Phone816-891-6300 ext 3
E-Mailwilliam.quitmeier@park.edu
bill@wmqlaw.com
wquitmeier@kc.rr.com
Web Pagehttp://wmqlaw.com
Semester DatesFall 2005
Class Days---W---
Class Time1:50 - 4:40 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Environmental Law by Nancy K. Kubasek and Gary S. Silverman

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
In-depth examination of a selected issue in politics and government.  3:0:3 in Catalog

Educational Philosophy:
The facillitator's educational philosophy involves lectures that involve the students in discussion, sharing ideas and student participation in mock trial.  Grades will be determined by class participation, quizzes and two tests (mid term and final). We will have guest speakers and may take a field trip to the EPA. My goal is that each student learns the material, participates in class, experiences the American legal system, decides whether they want to be an attorney, develops environmental knowledge and skills in business and increase their ability to think analytically.  

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course the student will have a working knowledge of:
1.  The American legal system
2.  The Litigation process
3.  Administrative law and policy
4.  Air quality control
5.  Water quality control
6.  Controlling toxic substances
7.  Waste management and hazardous releases
8.  Energy
9.  Natural resources
10. International environmental law  
11. Whether they want to attend law school

Course Assessment:
The knowledge acquired by the student will be assessed from:

1. Class participation in the exchange of ideas.
2. Quizzes to assure the student read the text book.
3. Mid term and final exams.
4. Contribution to the team in the mock trial exercise.

Grading:
I will use a point system to determine your letter grade.
The weighting of course components:
a. Class participation (10%)
b. Quizzes (10%)
c. Mid term exam (25%)
d. Mock Trial (25%)
e. Final (30%)
f. Final Grade Conversion:
90-100% - A
80-89% - B
70-79% - C
60-69% - D
0-59% - F
It is difficult-to-quantify things such as effort, improvement, and participation, but these will be graded as objectively as possible.
Because this class meets only once per week attendance is necessary and attendance will be factored into the final grade. Pre-excused absences and illness will be considered.
The last day to withdraw from the course is August 30, 2005.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Only with valid excuse.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Participate and be respectful of others.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
1. American Legal System
2. The Litigation Process
3. Environmental Laws
4. Administrative Laws
5. Midterm exam
6. Multi-week preparation and participation in mock trial
7. International Environmental Law
8. Weekly quizzes to assure reading the text book
9. Final exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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