POL 309-800, International Law
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin

Participation (75 Points)

This assignment subjectively combines your class meeting attendance rate; your (apparent) level of engagement in the course; and the quality of your contributions to classroom discussions.

Papers (300 Points)

For this course assignment you'll write three or four papers, each of which critically engages and personally responds to an assigned chapter in our main textbook. In the most basic terms, your assignment is to think about what you read, sort it out in a (new) way that makes sense or is useful to you, and offer your own take on it.

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 do the following three things:

Additionally, in each paper you should:

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.

Papers must be typewritten and double-spaced (throughout), use a single standard font with 1-1.25" margins, and include a typed word count. Also required are parenthetical citations and a reference list that conform fully to the author-date style detailed in Chapters 18-19 of Turabian's Manual for Writers.

Submit each paper as a PDF file attachment, via email or Slack. (Email your file to my "oswego" address, from your own "oswego" account, or attach it to a Direct Message in Slack.)

I won't accept file formats other than PDF, nor will I "fetch" your paper from Google Drive. I also won't accept papers without parenthetical (in-text) citations and a reference list. (Expect to receive a zero on any paper that's missing either parenthetical citations or a reference list.)

You're required to write three papers during the semester, each of which is worth 100 points and addresses a single textbook chapter. See the table below for your assigned group, textbook chapters, and due dates.

Group 1: Chs. 2, 5, 8 Group 2: Chs. 3, 6, 9 Group 3: Chs. 4, 7, 10
  • Marisela
  • Matthew B
  • Maya
  • Miles
  • Rylee
  • Zoe
  • 2
  • 5
  • 8
  • 9/14
  • 10/21
  • 11/17
  • Alexander
  • Hunter
  • Jacob J
  • Jacob L
  • Lindsey
  • Matthew M
  • Nate
  • 3
  • 6
  • 9
  • 9/23
  • 10/26
  • 11/24
  • Adam
  • Anna
  • Cameron
  • Delenn
  • Michael
  • Noah
  • Sydney
  • Ubong
  • 4
  • 7
  • 10
  • 10/12
  • 11/2
  • 12/8

You can also submit a fourth paper that addresses any textbook chapter not assigned to your group (in the table above). If you choose to submit the optional fourth paper, I'll drop your lowest paper grade at the end of the semester. You'll need to submit all three of your assigned papers to receive credit for the optional fourth paper, and you can't use your optional paper as a substitute for an assigned paper. Optional fourth papers are due on the date listed above for the subject chapter.

Insight (25 Points)

This is a brief oral presentation that summarizes an ASIL Insight and connects it to the course. Your presentation should be no longer than five minutes and include three components, as follows:

  1. Summary - Briefly summarize your Insight and highlight the key points.
  2. Connection - Connect the Insight to the reading for your assigned date.
  3. Importance - Explain what's most important about the Insight, and why.

Insight assignments are listed on the Readings page. You'll be asked to give your presentation at the beginning of class on your assigned date.

Summation (100 Points)

Select one of the following three options for this end-of-semester paper:

Clearly identify which option you've chosen, by adding an appropriate title to your essay or noting your selection in the initial paragraph.

Your Summation should be at least 1000 words and no more than 1200 words. It should comprise fully original material, use no outside sources, and contain no citations, quotations, or direct references to our textbook or other assigned readings. (You can mention selected course material, in general terms or in passing, but don't substantively discuss or analytically engage that material.)

Your Summation is due at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, December 9.