Course Description: This class introduces students to political science, focusing on four major areas of study: political philosophy, American government, comparative politics, and international relations.
Read: Kevin Dooley and Joseph Patten’s Why Politics Matters: An Introduction to Political Science, 2015
Tests: Please bring a pen for all four tests. Your all-essay tests also have 10+ one-point fill-in-the-blank extra credit questions derived from textbook readings assigned in the study guide.
Make-up Tests: If you miss a test, you must promptly justify your absence. Written documentation from your doctor, hospital, etc. is strongly preferred for Dr. Young to decide if you can take a make-up test. If the absence was unjustified, your test grade is O. Only if Dr. Young concludes the absence was absolutely unavoidable can you take a make-up test as soon as possible on your first day back on campus.
Each of your four tests will count as one-fourth of your final course grade. Your final exam is your fourth test and will only cover material covered after Test Three.
Severe Weather Policy: In the event of snow, freezing rain, or the wrath of God, listen to WDUN (550 AM; 102.9 FM) or WSB (750 AM) to hear if UNG wimped out and canceled classes.
Class Attendance: Woody Allen: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
A record of punctual regular class attendance will help you with a borderline g.p.a. (89+, 79+, etc.). Persistent absenteeism and lateness are rude and will not help you at all.
You alone are responsible for getting class notes for any class you miss.
Barring a legitimate emergency, a student can leave class early ONLY if he has received Dr. Young’s permission before the period began.
Absolutely no taping of any classes is allowed without Dr. Young’s permission pursuant to receiving documented proof of a student’s relevant learning disability. The contents of Dr. Young’s lectures are the sole legal intellectual property of Dr. Young.
No beepers, cell phones, or texting are allowed in class without permission.
http://ung.edu/academic-affairs/policies-and-guidelines/supplemental-syllabus.php Since an essential element in a good college education is for students to be challenged by competing perspectives, a wide variety of controversial subject matter will be discussed in a free and frank manner consistent with academic freedom protected by the Free Expression Clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. So anyone easily offended and/or opposed to freedom of speech should NOT take this class. Academic Honesty: Cheating on any test or assignment results in a O for that grade.
Withdrawals: Withdrawing from the class by the midterm earns a W (withdrawn, no F). After that it is a WF (F) unless documented extreme personal difficulties warrant a W.
Questions and Difficulties: Feel free to ask me questions about any aspect of the class.
To help avoid losing points for grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors in your test essays, please scrupulously follow these 25 guidelines:
Spell every word correctly.
Write in complete sentences.
Make sure you have subject-verb agreement in every sentence.
Write in paragraphs, but not one-sentence ones since none of us is Ernest Hemingway.
Do not turn in a full-page paragraph because none of us is William Faulkner, either.
Make sure to indent five spaces to denote the start of each new paragraph.
Do not use abbreviations, except for “etc.”
Write out and, because, with, and within -- do not use the informal symbols.
Spell out a number if it is below 10, like one, two, three, etc.
Use Arabic when using a double-digit number like 10, 11, 12, etc.
Spell out any number that is the first word of a sentence.
Write one-third, not 1/3.
Avoid contractions like don’t, can’t, won’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t, it’s, we’d, you’d, etc.
“Alot” is not a word.
Do not end sentences with prepositions: in, on, of, by, for, with, within, into, under, etc.
Write 95 percent, not 95%.
Always capitalize our Constitution, Congress, and Supreme Court.
Do not write “I feel.” Since this is an intellectual exercise, I think, believe, contend, posit, etc.
Profanity, crude language, and their abbreviations are unacceptable in academic prose.
“Lol,” “smh,” and other informal writing is also inappropriate in academic writing.
Get right to the point. Do not waste time restating a test question. I know it since I wrote it.
Do not go off on tangents that are irrelevant to the question.
Write legibly. If I cannot read your writing, I will not read it and you will earn a 0.
If you know your penmanship is poor, please ask me to let you TYPE your essays.
WRITE PRACTICE ESSAYS AND LET ME PRACTICE GRADE THEM FOR YOU.
Study Guidefor First Test on Political Philosophy featuring 30 Major Political Theorists Please read Chapters 1 through 4 and Pages 116, 129, 166-7, 216-20, 258, 266, and 270-75.
-Socrates (470?-399 B.C.) -conscience prevailing over law -logic -the Socratic Method
-government by unelected, educated elites -free thinker -willingness to die for principles
-Plato (427-347 B.C.) -The Republic (360 B.C.) -rule of reason -prescribed class structure
-Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) -Politics (350 B.C.) -the father of comparative politics
-rule of law -a mixed constitutional system -the good and virtuous life