PO350L Special Topics in Politics:

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PO 350 Special Topics in Politics:  Film and Politics


FA 2008 HO


Pasley, James F.


Associate Professor of Political Science


Ph.D.  Political Science

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Mackay 20.5

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Class Time

1:50 - 4:40 PM

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Course Description:
PO 350 Special Topics in Politics: In-depth examination of a selected issue in politics and government. This course qualifies as an MLL. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:
Students will be required to write two page reviews of all the films presented in this course.  This journal of reviews will be due at the end of the course.  Students also will be required to complete a final exam and write an 8-10 page research paper.  The paper should be a scholarly effort and must include a bibliography of no fewer than 8 sources (4 of which should be from journals).  Weekly attendance for this course is mandatory.


Attendance:  50 points
Journal:  50 points
Paper:  100 points
Final:  100 points
300-270 = A
269-240 = B
239-210 = C
209-180 = D
179 and below = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late material will be assessed a one letter grade penalty per day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please be on time and attentive.
Please turn off cell phones and communication devices.
Children are not permitted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Bulworth - August 22

The War Room –  August 29

Primary Colors – September 5

Also recommended: Election, Street Fight. 


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – September 12

Wag the Dog – September 19

Also recommended: Network, Norma Rae, Schindler’s List, Thank You for Smoking.
Citizen Kane - September 26
Also recommended:  All the President's Men


The Godfather – October 3

The Godfather II – October 10

Ran – October 24

Also recommended: Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, Manchurian Candidate, Patton.


Brother’s Keeper – October 31

Also recommended: A Clockwork Orange, Mississippi Burning, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twelve Angry Men.
Fail-Safe - November 7
Dr. Strangelove - November 14
November 21 students will be permitted to select the film to be viewed.  Nominees will be discussed and voted upon in the class.

The final paper is due on December 5. The final exam will be handed out on November 21 and will be due on December 5.  The journal of reviews is due no later than December 5.




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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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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