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PO 350 Special Topics in Politics
Nesbitt, John


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CoursePO 350 Special Topics in Politics DN
SemesterS2J2005
FacultyNesbitt, Jack
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesM. A., Public Administration, Penn State University
Daytime Phone(816) 356-7272
E-Mailjack.nesbitt@park.edu
Semester DatesMarch 14 - May 8, 2005
Class Days--T----
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Author:  Evan Thomas
Title:  Election 2004
Publisher:  Public Affairs/Perseus Books Group (2005)
ISBN:  1-58648-293-9

Author:  George McKenna and Stanley Feingold
Title:  Taking Sides:  Clashing Views on Controversial Political Issues
Edition:  14th
Publisher:  McGraw Hill (2005)
ISBN:   0072968885

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and other periodicals dedicated to American political issues.


Course Description:
In-depth examination of a selected issue in politics and government.  This semester PO 350 will examine the 2004 presidential election and political issues facing American citizens in 2005.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The instructor will encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
You will understand the 2004 presidential candidates and their issues better than you did during that campaign.

You will be able to intelligently discuss both sides of the major political issues of 2005.

Will will have insight into the candidates and issues anticipated for 2006 and 2008.

Course Assessment:
The plan for student assessment will be worked out by consensus during the first meeting of the class.  Student views on assessing student presentations, projects and participation will be considered.  A final written examination covering the entire term will be required.

Grading:
A grading plan will be worked out by consensus during the first meeting of the class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are to be completed on time.  There will be no provision for late submission or extra credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attendance and participation in class discussion will be expected at each class meeting.

Respect for the views of participants and their right to express those views will be basic to the conduct of the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
This outline is subject to revision when the class holds its first meeting.

Week One:  Topic:  Review of 2004 Presidential Election
          Read Election 2004, Chapters 1-5
          Study news media and internet for related items

Week Two:  Topic:  Review of 2004 Presidential Election
          Read Election 2004, Chapters 6-9
          Study news media and internet for related items

Week Three:  Topic:  Controversial Political Issues
            Read Issues 1-4
            Look for related items

Week Four:   Topic:  Controversial Political Issues
            Read Issues 4-7
            Look for related items

Week Five:   Topic:  Controversial Political Issues
            Read Issues 8-1l
            Look for related items

Week Six:    Topic:  Controversial Political Issues
            Read Issues 12-16
            Look for related items
           
Week Seven:  Topic:  Controversial Political Issues
            Read Issues 17-21
            Look for related items

Week Eight:  Topic:  A Look Ahead to 2006 and 2008          Final Examination

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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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