Last updated: December 2, 2015

 

Political Science 499

Senior Seminar in Government and Politics (Global Politics)

Ball State University

Spring 2016

Dr. Misa Nishikawa

Location: NQ083

Office: NQ262

E-mail: mnishikawa@bsu.edu

Web: mnishikawa.iweb.bsu.edu

Office hours: TTh 8:50am-9:30am, 1:45pm-2:15pm, and by appointment 

GA:William Masters (E-mail: wmmasters@bsu.edu, Location: NQ016, Office Hours: 3:00-4:00 )  

 

Course Description

Senior research seminar in global politics. The topics include political stability, democratization, political conflicts, political parties, elections, public policies, political violence, and comparative political institutions, including electoral institutions, political parties and presidential and parliamentary systems.

 

Required Texts and Reading:

On line articles

 

Course Requirements

Research Paper

Students are required to write a research paper on political institutions. The length of the paper should be about 20-30 double spaced typed pages (with 12 point font and one inch margins). The paper is due in the last regular meeting day before the final exam week. No extensions will be granted. Ten points will be subtracted from studentsí grade for each day that the paper is late. Poorly performing technology or losing files cannot be used as an excuse. 

Research Proposal

Students are required to write a one-page research abstract.

Presentation

Students are required to present their research in class.

Class Discussion/Participation

For each class meeting, a few students will be assigned the responsibility of leading the class discussion or for summarizing the main arguments in specified readings. Participation in class discussions will be graded. Of course, participation should be constructive, and all comments should be relevant to the material being covered in class. Students must do all of the readings prior to the class! Respect should be shown for all other class members at all times.

Obviously, missing class is a major setback. Students will be asked to write a critic of the required reading for the week that they did not attend. The length should be about 2-3 pages.

Exams:

No exams!

Grades

Grade is allocated in the following way: 

Research Paper

 

15%

Research Paper Presentation

 

15%

Prep for Research Paper

 

10%

Abstract

 

10%

Participation (Discussion)

 

50%

 

 

 

Totals

 

100%

 Grading Scale: For all items in this class for which grades are assigned, the following grading scale will be used:

A

93.0-100%

A-

90.0-92.9%

B+

85.0-89.9%

B

76.0-84.9%

B-

70.0-75.9%

C+

65.0-69.9%

C

60.0-64.9%

C-

58.0-59.9%

D+

55.0-57.9%

D

52.0-54.9%

D-

49.0-51.9%

F

-48.9

 

 

General Expectations

 

Students are expected to attend class, arrive promptly and have a collegial demeanor. Students are not allowed to sleep, read newspapers, use cell phones, listen to music, or talk to others during class. For lab hours, students are expected to use only appropriate software, which typically does not include the internet or e-mail programs. Engaging in these behaviors will result in a drop in the studentís grade.   

 

Students will be responsible for knowing any changes made to the syllabus during class time whether they were in attendance or not. The instructorís lecture notes are not available to students; it is the studentís responsibility to obtain class notes from a classmate, should class be missed. Students are also required to have a BSU e-mail account and access to Gradebook. 

 

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

 

Academic Honesty:

Honesty, trust, and personal responsibility are fundamental attributes of the university community. Academic dishonesty by a student will not be tolerated, for it threatens the foundation of an institution dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. To maintain its credibility and reputation, and to equitably assign evaluations of scholastic and creative performance, Ball State University is committed to maintaining a climate that upholds and values the highest standards of academic integrity.

 

Learning Center:

The Learning Center offers free tutoring for all courses in the core curriculum, for a variety of math, economics, accounting, and physics courses, for any writing task, and for general study strategies such as time management, test taking, speed reading, and effective textbook reading and note taking. It also tutors for many courses outside of the core curriculum. Call 285-1006 or visit NQ 323 to make an appointment to meet with a tutor.

 

Schedule

 

Class

Date/Location

Topic

1

1/12 (Tue)

 

Class introduction

Survey of topics

2

1/14 (Thu)

 

Article 1

3

1/19 (Tue)

 

Article 2

Forming research groups

 

4

1/21 (Thu)

Guest speaker 1 (Belkisa)

 

Literature review

5

1/26 (Tue)

 

PPF: Introcution Due

1/28 (Thu)

 

Guest speaker 2 (Khalid)

7

2/2 (Tue) 

Article 3

 

8

2/4 (Thu)

PPF: Theory

9

2/9 (Tue) 

Articles 4 and 5

10 

2/11 (Thu)

 

PPF: Methods

SPSS review. Data sets

11

2/16 (Tue)

 

Articles 6

12 

2/18 (Thu)

 

PPF: Results/Case Study

13

2/23 (Tue)

 

Articles 7 and 8

Lijphart (Conceptual Map)

14 

2/25 (Thu)

 

PPF: Results/Case Study (Continued)

15

3/1 (Tue)

 

PPF: Results/Case Study (Continued)

16

3/3 (Thu) 

Article 9

 

3/8 (Tue)

Spring Break

 

3/10 (Thu)

Spring Break

17

3/15 (Tue)

 

Article 10 and 11

18

3/17 (Thu)

 

Research Day

19

3/22 (Tue)

 

Introduction (including lit. review)

*Visit the "Discussion" area in Blackboard and submit your intro 24 hours before we meet.

 

20

3/24(Thu)

 

Guest speaker 3 (Wil)

21

3/29 (Tue)

 

Article 12

 

22 

3/31 (Thu)

 

Theory

*Visit the "Discussion" area in Blackboard and submit your intro 24 hours before we meet.

23

4/5 (Tue)

 

Presentation by Rep Susan Brooks

 24

4/7(Thu)

Methods (No class)

25

4/12 (Tue) 

Articles13 and14

26

4/14 (Thu) 

Class discussion/participation

*Find an article/book that you have not used in your research paper and tell me how you will use it.

27

4/19(Tue) 

Results/Case Studies

28

4/21 (Thu) 

Class discussion/participation

*Find an article/book that you have not used in your research paper and tell me how you will use it.

29

4/26 (Tue) 

Presentation practice

30 

4/28 (Thu) 

Presentation practice

31

Final Exam

5/3

Presentation (12-2pm, May 3)

Final Paper (group) and Abstract (individual) Due May 6