POL 319-800, International Organization
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).

Discussion Questions (75 Points)

Your task for this assignment is to submit original discussion questions that address daily reading assignments. Each question can only address material for the subject day's reading, and must be written in a way that facilitates substantive discussion.

Take care to use precise language and avoid ambiguity. People should be able to understand exactly what you mean, and know exactly what you're asking them to do, without having to reread your question or "solve a puzzle" first. Citations aren't required for this assignment, but you should include a page number if your question includes a (short) quoted phrase.

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

With each discussion 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.)

Questions are due at 12:00 noon on the day the subject material is listed on the syllabus. I won't accept questions that aren't properly submitted. Nor will I accept late submissions or questions 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 12:00 noon on February 12, you'll articulate your personal and academic goals for POL 319 this semester. In the second, due at 12:00 noon 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.)

Textbook Papers (300 Points)

For this assignment you'll write three papers, each of which critically engages and personally responds to one of our main textbooks. In the most basic terms, your assignment for each paper is to think about your subject book, reframe the contents in a way that helps you learn it, and offer your unique take on it. Each paper is worth 100 points

There's more than one way to properly complete this assignment, but each paper should present your distinctively personal response to the subject textbook 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 Textbook 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).

International Organization (Hurd)
Tue, Mar 16
Civil Society (Edwards)
Sat, Apr 10
Rethinking Global Governance (Beeson)
Wed, May 12
All papers are due at 12:00 noon.