Coursework will be weighted as follows:
1. Classroom Engagement: 10 pts.
2. Group Presentation: 15 pts.
3. Research Paper: 35 pts.
4. Take-home midterm:  20 pts.
5. In-Class Exam:  20 pts.
Total: 100 pts

The Grading Scale
I will be using the following grading scale in this course:

98-100 A+
94-97 A
90-93 A-
87-89 B+
84-86 B
80-83 B-
77-79 C+
74-76 C
70 – 73 C-
69/below D
59/below F

Note on Late Assignments:
Late assignments will be graded down 5 points for each day late, to a maximum of 50% off the credit for the assignment. No matter how late an assignment is, it will always be worth submitting (you can always get up to 50% credit).

1. Classroom Engagement: Participation and Attendance (10%)

Attendance and active participation

Purpose:  To make the course a more enjoyable and enriching experience for everyone; To be certain that you are engaging course material

This course requires not only attendance but also active participation. This entails doing the readings before class, thinking critically about them and the topics we are discussing. Active participation can significantly help your grade in the course, non-participation can significantly lower your grade, and non-attendance WILL significantly lower your grade.

  1. You must attend class. Think of it as if you are a pilot learning to fly. You have to put in a number of hours in the cockpit to qualify.
  2. You must be active in class. This can take a variety of forms, including: speaking in class, asking questions, emailing me questions, and participating on the course blog.
  3. You can miss two classes without any serious consequence. If you miss more than 4 classes you will receive no participation credit.

2. Study Cycle Presentations (15%)

Purpose: to encourage practice at working with groups; an opportunity for students to be teachers to each other; an opportunity for students to express themselves creatively; to allow students to do deeper research on an aspect of international relations they find interesting

See Instructions on Separate Page

3. Research or Policy Paper (35%)

Purpose: to encourage critical thinking about a focused research question; to encourage practice at social science research; to further develop writing skills

See Instructions on Separate Page

4. Exams (40%)

Purpose: to assess comprehension, understanding, and mastery of the material presented in the course, including readings, lecture material, and material presented during student presentations; to encourage critical thinking

Midterm 1Take-Home (20%). Covers material from the first half of the course.

  • Will be due on Friday, March 10, at 5 pm.

Midterm 2 – In-Class (20%). Covers material from the second half of the course, though it may draw on some concepts from the first half.

  • Will take place on the final day of normal classes.