POL 309-800, International Law
SUNY Oswego | Spring 2021
Dr. Craig Warkentin

Class Participation (75 Points)

Your participation grade is based on a subjectively determined combination of attendance rate, classroom contributions, and overall engagement in the course. To strengthen this portion of your course grade, you should establish a clear pattern of coming to class prepared to participate, actively contributing to classroom discussions, and exhibiting your honest investment in the course. Keep in mind, as well, that "regular class attendance is obligatory" (as stated in the College standards and policies).

Casebook Questions (75 Points)

Your task for this assignment is to provide written responses to selected questions from our assigned readings. Qualifying questions for each day will be posted on the corresponding class web page.

Answer casebook questions in your own words and try to avoid quoting textbook material. (Quoting a few words or a short phrase is okay, as long as it helps you give a more concise answer and it's clear that you actually know what the quoted words mean.) Use precise language, avoid ambiguity, and be concise. Citations aren't required for this assignment, but you should include a page number if your response includes any quoted material.

You're responsible for choosing which days to submit a casebook question response. You can submit as many responses as you want during the semester, as long as you don't submit more than one response per class day and your point total for the assignment doesn't exceed 75 points.

With each casebook question worth 5 points, the grading scale for this assignment is: 5.0=100%, 4.5=90%, 4.0=80%; 3.5=70%; 3.0=60%; 2.5=50%; etc. (Half scores will be rounded up at the end of the semester.)

Responses are due at 9:00 AM on the day the subject material is listed on the syllabus. I won't accept responses that aren't properly submitted. Nor will I accept late submissions or responses for days on which you don't attend the class meeting.

Reflection Papers (50 Points)

For this assignment you'll submit two short papers. In the first, due at 9:00 AM on February 12, you'll articulate your personal and academic goals for POL 309 this semester. In the second, due at 9:00 AM on May 10, you'll assess how well you achieved those goals or if and how they changed. Each paper is worth 25 points and neither should exceed 500 words in length.

Your submissions for this assignment should comprise fully original material, use no outside sources, and contain no citations, quotations, or direct references to assigned readings. (You can mention selected course material, in general terms or in passing, but don't substantively discuss or analytically engage that material.)

Chapter Papers (300 Points)

This assignment comprises four papers, each of which critically engages and personally responds to a single chapter in our main textbook. (See the table below for your assigned chapters and due dates.) In the most basic terms, the assignment for each paper is to think about your subject chapter, reframe the contents in a way that helps you learn it, and offer your unique take on it. Each paper will be worth 100 points, with the lowest of your four scores dropped at the end of the semester when I calculate your assignment grade.

There's more than one way to properly complete this assignment, but each paper should present your distinctively personal response to the subject material and accomplish the following objectives:

Use only assigned readings (listed on the syllabus), classroom material (including your notes), and your own ideas or personal experiences for this assignment. Using other sources (not listed on the syllabus) constitutes cheating and could subject you to disciplinary action. The word count for each paper (excluding your reference list) should be at least 1000 words and no more than 1200 words. I reserve the right to refuse papers that exceed the maximum word count.

I won't accept submissions without parenthetical citations and a reference list, for this assignment. (Expect to receive a zero on any submitted paper that's missing either parenthetical citations or a reference list.)

I'll use this Grade Form to evaluate your Chapter Papers. I'll email each completed Grade Form to you as soon as it's ready (regardless of whether you submitted your Paper via email or Slack).

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
  • Brianna
  • Douglass
  • Evan
  • Giovanni
  • Julia
  • Khadejah
  • Nicholas
  • 1
  • 2
  • 5
  • 8
  • 2/16
  • 2/23
  • 4/1
  • 4/27
  • Christina
  • Christopher
  • Ella
  • Jason
  • Matthew
  • Taylor
  • 1
  • 3
  • 6
  • 9
  • 2/16
  • 3/4
  • 4/6
  • 4/29
  • Edward
  • Jesse
  • Kelvin
  • Sabrena
  • Mamdou
  • Mitchell
  • Tabitha
  • 1
  • 4
  • 7
  • 10
  • 2/16
  • 3/23
  • 4/13
  • 5/13
All papers are due at 9:00 AM.