|Political Science at Ohio State Lima|
You will come to recognize that politics does not occur just in other places but also takes place right in our home communities. And political decisions are part of a complicated cultural web, which includes economic institutions, legal arrangements, and socially defined beliefs about race and gender. Our course will pay special attention to race relations in the United States, and the role that mass politics and governmental institutions, especially the courts, Congress, and the Presidency, have played in transforming relationships between white and black Americans.
Most importantly, you will learn that politics is not a spectator sport. By the conclusion of this course, you will be armed with a knowledge of how American government works, and you will be in a position to respond selectively to problems at national, state, and local levels. A sophisticated understanding of the American political process should encourage you to be a participating citizen, not a passive spectator who merely watches events unfold.
Miroff, Seidelman, and
Swanstrom, The Democratic Debate, fourth edition;
Grade scale will be
Tests will include a mixture of multiple choice and essay questions. More information will follow. The participation grade is a subjective assessment, based upon observations of your involvement in the course. Obviously, attendance is taken into consideration, as are submission of ungraded written assignments, oral participation, and small group work.
Office Hours: M-Th, 9:15-10:15; M/W, 4:30-5:30. If
these hours are inconvenient, please schedule an
Makeups for midterm exams will
be given to students who have reasonable excuses for missing the
exam. Students should attempt to contact
me prior to the exam if they know they are going to miss it, but in all
students who miss midterms must contact me no later than 24 hours
scheduled time of the exam. Makeup exams
are generally more difficult. The
Learning Center, GA 310, will administer all make-up exams. I
reserve the right not to grant a make-up.
Class Decorum: Use of cell phones, ipods, and electronic messaging during class time is strictly prohibited. If you are expecting an important call, place ringer on silent mode so as not to disrupt the class. Laptops may be used for note-taking purposes only. If you want to tape record class sessions, please ask my permission.
Arriving after class business has begun
disrupts the class and is disrespectful to your fellow
Although there are valid reasons for
arriving late, a pattern of tardiness
should not occur.
Written Work: Written work must be ready by the beginning of class on the day it is due. This includes directives,@ which you prepare in response to the reading assignments. Although I do not grade directives, you will receive credit for turning them in providing 3 conditions are met: (1) You are present for the class for which the directive in required; (2) the directive is submitted on the date it is due; and (3) the directive is typed. Exceptions to this policy may be granted in extreme circumstances. I reserve the right not to accept a written assignment that is submitted late.
Incompletes: None will be granted. All work must be completed by the time I assign grades. Any uncompleted assignment will receive a grade of "0." Exceptions to this policy will be granted only in extreme circumstances.
Disabilities: Students with disabilities which have been certified by the Office of Disabilities Services will be appropriately accommodated. Eligible students should inform me as soon as possible--preferably during the first week of the quarter--regarding their needs.
Academic Misconduct: Any suspected instance of cheating, including plagiarism, will be turned over the University Committee on Academic Misconduct. Please check with me if you have any questions regarding the definition of plagiarism or if you need clarification of this issue.
Midterm I: October 9/10
Midterm II: November 1/2
Last modified on 11/03/2007