Political Science 42, Fall 2008
Ms. Holland, email@example.com
(818) 710-4494, ext. 5265
Office Hours: MW:12:40-1pm, TTH 11-12 noon @ FO 2308, & by appt.
Course Description: To study the political,
social, and historical background of Central and
Vanden/Prevost (VP), Politics
Both textbooks are on the reserve shelf in the Library.
Website: All readings and extra credit assignments are found at this website address: http://www.piercecollege.edu/faculty/hollandk/
Recommended (any one of the following):
1: Overview/Contemporary Settings:
Identifying key issues impacting South and
Week 2: Colonial Legacies: From Conquest to the 20th Century.
Week 3: Colonial Legacies: From Conquest to the 20th Century, cont.
Week 4: Authoritarianism and Military Rule: Military uprising and coups, prolonged periods of military dictatorships, and rising against such rule.
Week 5: Revolutions and Counter-revolutions: assessing conditions that led to revolution or prevented revolution in the hemisphere.
Week 6: Defining post-modern democratization within the hemisphere: including socialism, fascism, & Marxism
Week 7: Era of Neoliberalism: looking at the effects of neoliberal political and economic agenda promulgated by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund
Week 8: Gender, Ethnic, Social & Religious Movements
Readings: None, so review for the midterm!
Week 9: Midterm Exam
10: Focus Country:
11: Focus Country:
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14: Focus Country:
Happy Thanksgiving! Term papers and extra credit are due on this Tuesday.
Week 17: Final Exam: Monday, Dec 15th, 11-1 pm.
Grades are determined by your performance on the Midterm exam (100 points), the Term Paper (100 points) and on the Final Exam (200 points). Exams are essay-only, two essays per exam, so buy your bluebooks! There are NO make-ups for missed exams. The Comparative Essay will replace the Midterm exam, should you miss the exam. Any student caught cheating will automatically fail.
The grading scale below is absolute and not based on a curve.
Midterm/Term Paper: A=90-100 B=80-89 C=60-79 D=50-59 F= Below 50
Final Exam: A=180-200 B=160-179 C=120-159 D=110-119 F= Below 100
Final Grade: A= 360-400 B=320-359 C=240-319 D=200-239 F= Below 200
2. The use of electronic devices, including electronic dictionaries, is strictly forbidden during exams. It is considered to be a form of cheating.
3. Lectures may be recorded only with the permission of instructor.
4. Textbooks need not be brought to class.
5. Beverages (Coffee, tea, water, etc) are allowed during class, and please throw any trash into the wastebaskets.
6. Please be on time to class. We have a lot of material to cover in a very short (5 weeks!) amount of time. We need to maximize every moment. If you must be absent from class, get the notes from your fellow classmates. Moreover, it is okay to share, and have study groups!
SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT
Worth 25 extra-credit points.
In order to earn those 25 points toward your final grade in Political Science 1 or 19, students are required to enroll in Service Learning 1 or Service Learning 2 with Prof. Jim Dawson*. In doing so, students must complete the requirements of Service Learning 1 and 2 and therefore earn 1 college unit of transferable credit, and a “service learning” notation will be added to your academic record. (Remember: many four-year schools will ask to see this on your application and transcripts, and may help you get accepted!). Proof of successful completion will result in the awarding of the 25 points at the end of the semester.
*Prof. Dawson will visit with a list of specific projects and the add slips necessary for enrollment.