Forums There are eight Forum assignments. See the Course Announcement (Week One) page for Forum Guidelines.
* Additional information on Forums
Each Forum assignment requires that each student provide at substantive replies to other student posts. The criteria for substantiveness includes the following:
- The reply is in a complete paragraph, and is at least 150 words in length.
- The reply genuinely adds new information or fresh insight.
- It does not simply summarize what another student has said. Example: “I really like your post, especially when you said…”
- The reply is supported by at least one source, similar to the original Forum response.
Article Reviews There are two short papers. (100 points each). For each paper, students select any three articles from our readings, and offer a summary, review, and critical analysis. Papers should be approximately 4-5 double-spaced pages, Times New Roman or Arial 12” font in Turabian style format. DUE: You may turn these in any week. The final deadline for both papers is end of week six (6).
Research Paper There is a final research paper. This paper must be relevant to course concepts, theories, and politics or public policy. All paper topics must be selected with the professor’s approval. You will submit a brief topic proposal by the end of Week 3 of the class. The paper should be approximately 10 pages, double-spaced, using Arial 12” font in Turabian style format. DUE: Last day of course, 11:55 PM (ET)
Submission of Assignments:
Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are due by SUNDAY Evening at 11:55 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) as outlined in the Course Outline below. To better facilitate class discussion, initial responses should be made by Friday 11:55 pm ET each week and should be at least 300 words in length. Any assignments submitted late will receive a point deduction, unless the student contacts the instructor ahead of time about an extenuating situation and receives permission to submit work after the established course deadline. For each day that the assignment is late, the assignment is penalized 5% of the maximum grade. Repeated late submissions may result in failure of the course.