PO 201 State and Local Government
SP 2010 HO
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
TERMPAPER 50% of final grade
Consistent with the goal of “writing across the curriculum”, as well as presenting the literacies, a term paper is required in this course. This paper is to test your skills at research, synthesis, reasoning and presentation.
You will choose the ultimate subject matter of the paper in consultation with me. In general, however, the topic must be an issue that is relevant to state and/or local government in America. It must compare the same type of policy between two states or two local governments. You may wish to write about an issue of importance for all fifty states, or an issue of importance to only Kansas City.
Look through your textbooks to get some ideas. Come and talk to me if you want to discuss the ideas you have come up with before the topic due date.
Regardless of what you are going to write about, your paper must answer the following questions: a) What is the policy in each entity?
b) What is the history of the policy in each entity?
c) What differences in the policy in the two are most dramatic? d) What explanations are there for the differences in policies between the two entitities?
e) What is the bases for your explanation?
This paper is a research project and as such will require you to use references. A separate handout on term papers as well as the Hacker book will help you.
To complete the assignment, you must hand in four separate reports, each of which is graded and each of which must be typewritten, double-spaced. The relative weights for each report and the due dates are as follows:
Choice of topic 10% of paper grade.
Thesis statement and preliminary bibliography 20% of paper grade
Paper 60% or 70% of paper grade
Revised paper (if needed, 10%) of paper grade.
ONE LETTER GRADE WILL BE ASSESSED ON THE GRADE FOR THE PAPER FOR EACH DAY OR PART OF A DAY ANY OF THE FOUR REPORTS IS LATE,
For every five errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar, your grade will be reduced by three points.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
COURSE ASSESSMENT: A term paper concerning the history of a state or local public policy.
Quizzes and exams.
90-100=A Each Exam 10%
80-89 =B Participation 20%
70-79 =C Term paper 50%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: All assignments handed in late will be assessed one letter grade per day or part of a day that they are late. No assignments will be accepted after April 30, 2009 in class.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend classes regularly. Each absence will lower your cumulative grade for the course by 5 %. You may regain one point for your cumulative grade by handing in a typed summary of the reading for each day you miss. These summaries are due one week after the class is missed. They will not be accepted for credit after that time.
There are no excused absences except in extreme cases of illness attested to by a Doctor, or a family death. If you will be missing a lot of classes due to health, consider dropping the course or taking an incomplete for the course.
2. Students are responsible for all material covered in class while they are absent.
3. Be prepared for class. Have the reading assignment finished for each class. This means that you have read the assignment and are prepared to discuss it or participate in a small group exercise in class. Quizzes over the reading material may come at any time. (Note, missed quizzes cannot be made up). This course is a combination of lecture, group assignments, and discussion and you are expected to take part in the discussions. In-class participation counts for 20% of your final class grade.
4. Cheating or plagiarism will result in an “F” for the course and a recommendation to the Dean that you be dismissed from Park College.
5. No portable telephones or pagers are allowed in class except for security or emergency medical personnel.
6. If you have any questions or problems come and see me or email me. Emails will be answered during office hours only.
7. Any student with special needs or who has a disability in the classroom environment, please see me immediately after the first class.
8. No assignments will be accepted via email.
9. There will be three examinations, including the final. Examinations will be a combination of short answer and long essay. A week before each of the examinations you will be given a list of terms and concepts for review.
10. A term paper is required for this course. Details will be given in a separate handout.
11. No late exams will be given unless there is a valid excuse
11 Intro to course.
Ch. 1 to p.25
Finish Ch. 1
Ch. 2 to p.54
Finish Ch. 2
1 Political Parties
3 Political Participation
Ch. 4 to p. 133
Topic is due.
Finish Ch. 4
10 Exam. Bring unmarked Blue Books to be exchanged in class.
Ch. 5 to p. 183
Finish Ch. 5
Ch. 6 to p.221
Ch. 6 to p.236
3 Bureaucracy Continued
15 Exam. Bring unmarked Blue Books to be exchanged in class.
17 Local Government
Finish Ch. 6.
Thesis Statement and Preliminary Bibliography due.
Ch. 7 to p.282
Finish Ch. 7
7 In class project on transportation
12 Tax and Finance
Ch. 9 to p.342
14 In class project on library budget cuts.
Finish Ch. 9
Paper Due in Class
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
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. 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 .
Last Updated:12/8/2009 1:17:07 PM