|Term:||Spring, 2014 (January 18 - May)|
|Revision:||31 De 13|
|Class Time:||One online lecture weekly, plus readings.|
|You should set aside definite times each week to work.|
|Instructor e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org||You need to know this! Do not e-mail your instructor through WebCampus!|
Your instructor will not receive your e-mail unless it is sent to the address listed here.
Great Basin College Ely Branch Campus
2115 Bobcat Drive
Ely, NV 89301
|Phone:||(775) 289-3589 (office)|
(775) 289-3599 (college fax)
|Textbooks:||Plato: The Republic, trans. Benjamin Jowett; Dover Thrift Editions; ISBN 0-486-41121-4|
Qur'an and Woman, by Amina Wadud; Oxford University Press; ISBN 0-19-512836-2
The Communist Manifesto and other Revolutionary Writings, ed. Bob Blaisdell, Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-42465-0
Bible, any English translation
People, Nation, and State: The Meaning of Ethnicity and Nationalism, by Mortimer and Fine; pub. by I.B. Tauris; ISBN 1-860-64401-5
Common Sense, by Glenn Beck, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 1-4391-6857-8
The Conscience of a Liberal, by Paul Krugman, WW Norton Books, ISBN 0-393-33313-8
These books may be ordered through your retail outlet of choice.
Through readings and discussion, we will study theories concerning the
nature of society and political structure. Readings will involve the
analysis of works by philosophers from classical to modern times.|
This course is NOT "self-paced". You must participate in a weekly discussion and read certain readings. Remember that you have a "live" instructor who will answer your questions -- this is not a correspondence course.
The student will survey elements of various social and political writings, coming to
reach a better understanding of social/cultural issues. The student
should gain an appreciation for different ideas and their development.|
The successful student will be able to --|
In order to accurately measure competency in these outcomes, various instructional and diagnostic elements are employed. These are described below.
Each week, there will be assigned readings from one or more of our textbooks.
The weekly readings (from paper books) will be mentioned on each week at the top of
the lecture page. In addition to those readings, the "lecture page" will refer to topics
for discussion, and possibly to material related to but different from that in the textbooks,
often linking to other websites. These websites are not controlled by Great Basin College,
and the College does not endorse their content. Students are expected to participate in the
discussions of each week's material and topics.|
Each week's discussion of course material given in the lessons is due at 5PM on the day before the following lesson appears. In order to achieve the full complement of points for the discussion, you must post at least one substantive discussion item per topic. Often, these comments will come in response to questions posed at the bottom of the weekly lectures. Answer one or more of those questions in as much detail as you are able. Support your opinions with facts and inferences; avoid giving unfounded opinions or value judgments (e.g., "Everyone knows this is right," or "I like what they're doing.") or "amen" responses (e.g., "I agree with Terry.").
There will be two class assignments. The first of these will consist of a short response paper. The response paper must be a two to five page summary, typed and double spaced, describing what new information you have learned so far. Explain the material for the response paper in your own words. What has come out in the course discussion that was new/different/interesting? What did you find on the websites that the course links to? You may mail the discussion paper by hand or attach it as an MS Word file to an e-mail. If you mail it, the paper must be mailed to me at the College (address above) and postmarked no later than Wednesday of week 6. If you e-mail it, you must do so no later than 5 PM Pacific Time, on the Friday of week 6. I will accept the paper any time on or after the Friday of Week 3. For the format of the paper, see below.
The second assignment will be a comprehensive look at one of the weekly topics.
Alternatively, you may select a topic from the following list:
This research paper must cite (and list) three to five sources. At least two of these must come from outside our textbook(s). The paper must be at least eight complete length, typed, double spaced. TITLE PAGES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, and pages consisting mostly of PICTURES do not count toward the page total. See also below for a description of the paper format. You must submit a final topic via e-mail by the Friday that ends week 7. I must approve the choice of final topics. You may submit a final topic any time on or after the Friday of Week 4, and one reason that a topic might be rejected is that others in the class have chosen the same topic. Therefore, it is best to submit a choice of final topics soon. This final paper must be received by me (mailed, faxed, or attached) no later than 5PM Pacific Time on Monday of Week 15. I will accept the final paper any time on or after April 1st.
|Never -- under any circumstances -- try to use WebCampus e-mail to contact the instructor.
I have deactivated WebCampus mail for myself and have removed it from the course. If
you try to contact me that way, I will not receive your e-mail. Please use
only "regular" e-mail, and write to me to the address indicated above.|
Likewise, do not submit assignments to me via WebCampus. Attach your papers to an e-mail message, and send that message to email@example.com. If you attempt to submit an assignment through WebCampus, you will receive no points for that assignment!
NOTE about Spring Break:|
During Spring semesters, there is a one week break in "live" and IAV classes. This class ignores all holidays and continues straight through the break. Lessons will appear during that week just as in any other week. This paragraph does not apply during Fall semesters.
Each week of the semester starts on Saturday and ends on Friday.
The semester consists of sixteen consecutive weeks. Without exception, one
lesson is posted each of the first fifteen weeks. Therefore, if you are unable
to determine what week we are on, look at the number of the current lesson's file name.|
All of the items are due on the day of the week (Monday, Friday) specified in the above paragraphs. If any numerical dates are given, the numerical dates are secondary and are provided only as a convenience. If a numerical date or dates does not match the day of the week given, it is the day of the week that is correct.
Each week's discussion of course material given in the lessons is due at 7PM Pacific Time on the day before the following lesson is scheduled to appear.
|Assignment||Date of Earliest Acceptance||Due Date|
|Response/Reaction Paper||Friday of Week 3||Friday of Week 6|
|Topic for In-Depth Paper||Friday of Week 4||Friday of Week 7|
|In-Depth Report||April 1st||Monday of Week 15|
More About the Papers
Both papers must have 1” side, top, and bottom margins and be typed in a 12 point ("normal looking")
font. The first thing I am going to do is check the length. Short papers will have a letter grade deducted.
Your reports should make sure to deal with the issues involved, not
merely repeating historical materials. Both papers must treat all groups, opinions, and issues fairly.
Your papers will not be graded on style or grammar.
They should be written as well as you are able, however. The
papers will be mailed back to you only if you request them and provide mailing
Grades will be based on the successful and timely completion of the assignments and on participation in the weekly discussion.
All papers must be saved in .doc (document), .docx (XML), or .rtf (rich text) format.
|The class is graded on participation and the various assignments, as follows:|
Therefore, the total number of points available for the semester is 100 points. The number of points required to obtain each grade is as follows:
Obtaining Your Grades
You are responsible for counting up your own participation points. Simply add two points per
topic for substantive comments. Your instructor will add these only at the end.|
When you have sent an approved topic, and when that topic has been approved, you will receive an e-mail indicating that the professor has approved your topic. If you have done all of this on time, you will receive ten (10) points; otherwise, you will receive no points for topic submission.
Beginning six calendar days after the due date of the Response Paper, you may inquire of the professor by e-mail as to your grade on the Response Paper. The professor will then write back with your score, and with any comments that he made regarding the paper. Was it too short? Was it late? Were points hard to follow? The professor's comments will address these issues.
The same policy applies to the Final Report as applies for the Response Paper.
If you do not ask for your grades in a timely fashion -- keeping in touch with the professor by e-mail -- then you will not receive them. It is your responsibility to ask for grade information.
Calculating Your Score Mid-Semester
Although I will also have this information, since it is easy to do so it is your responsibility to keep a running total of your own participation throughout the semester.|
At any point during the semester you may determine how you are doing in the class. Add your points so far – all of the points for participation and the written assignments that have occurred so far. Divide this sum by the number of available points so far. This will give your grade in decimal form. Multiplying that result by 100 will give you a percentage. For example, if there were 110 available points at some point during the semester, and you have accumulated 77 of them, then your percentage to date is: 7700/110 = 70. Your grade to date would be a “C”, based on the scale given above.
If you determine that you wish to drop the course prior to its conclusion, it is necessary for you to
officially drop: either online through the college's website, or by visiting one of our college campuses and submitting a drop form.
Any student who does not officially drop will receive a grade at the conclusion of the course. These grades will be based on
the number of points that you have accumulated (see above). You must officially drop prior to the Drop Deadline on the college website;
otherwise you will receive a grade.|
If you do not officially drop the course as described above, by taking this class you agree that your "last date of attendance" for official purposes will be the last day of your active participation in this course. If there should be a gap in your participation, your last date of attendance may be the last date prior to the gap. Since this may affect your financial aid, it behooves you to drop officially or to complete the entire course.
The Nevada System of Higher Education (chapter 6) expressly forbids
all forms of academic dishonesty, including (but not limited to) all
forms of cheating, copying, and plagiarism. Students who are discovered
cheating will be assigned zero points for the current assignment. If
the cheating is believed to be widespread -- to involve other students
and/or to cover more than one assignment or test -- then all students
involved will receive "F" grades for the course and will be brought to
the GBC Academic Officers for prosecution. I will normally recommend
that students found guilty in that instance be placed on one year
Keep up with the course schedule. If you get behind it may prove difficult to catch up.
|Week||Topics and Readings|
|Week 1||What is Ethnicity?||PN&S, chapters 1 - 2|
|Week 2||The Greek Republic(s)||Republic, books I, II, V|
|Week 3||The Greek Republic(s)|
|Republic, books VII - IX|
|Week 4||The Concept of Nation||PN&S, chapters 3 - 4|
|Week 5||Religious States||Excerpts from the Bible|
|Week 6||Religion and State||Q&W, Introduction, chapters 1 - 2|
|Week 7||Women in Societies||Q&W, chapter 4;|
"Tragedy of Women's Emancipation"
Excerpts from the Bible
|Week 8||Socialism and Communism||"Manifesto of the Communist Party"|
|Week 9||Socialism vs. Capitalism||"May Day"|
"The Proletariat and the Revolution
"...Rights of the Working..."
|Week 10||Nationalism and National Identity||PN&S, chapters 5 - 6|
|Week 11||Foundations of American Society||"...View of the Rights of British America"|
"Live Free or Die"
"The Rights of Man
Declaration of Independence
America, chapter 2
|Week 12||National Identity in Multicultural Society||PN&S, chapter 7|
America, chapters 3 - 5
|Week 13||Self-Determination and Society||PN&S, chapters 8 - 9|
|Week 14||US Conservative Ideology||Common Sense, chapters 1 - 6|
|Week 15||US Liberal Ideology||Conscience of a Liberal, chapters 1, 3 - 5, 8, 10|
Online readings will supplement most weeks' material.
The course ends at 5PM on the Monday of week 16.