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  American Institutions Requirement: This course satisfies the American Institutions category of the Dixie State College General Education requirements.  


Required Text


Patrick H. O’Neil, Karl Fields, and Don Share, Cases in Comparative Politics, 3rd Edition, ISBN 978-0-393-93377-2



    Study Guide    

This publisher’s study guide for our case book is limited, containing only sample multiple choice tests one each of the country chapters in our book.  The tests I looked at had only eleven or twelve questions.

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  Gifts: Gift from students to the teacher can be misinterpreted. While the thought will be appreciated, Mr. Green cannot accept gifts under any circumstances. I would be better for all concerned if they were not offered.  

  Class Interruptions: Please turn off your cell phones, radios, walkmans, and alarms such as watches and palm pilots during class. Electronic disturbances of this class will not be allowed.  

  Political Science 22 00 Course Objectives  

Students will compare and understand the politics and governmental structures of a variety of nations including democratic and authoritarian regimes in the developed and less developed world..


Students will effectively analyze governmental and political decisions and processes in a variety of nations. .

  3. Students will argue and write analytically and coherently about significant issues and problems in Comparative Government.  
  4. Students will learn about Comparative Government and about current political issues that relate to Comparative Government by reading significant authors and authoritative texts.  
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  Student Duties  

"An eminent mathematician once remarked that he was never satisfied with his knowledge of a mathematical theory until he could explain it to the next (person) he met in the street. This is hardly exaggerated; however, we must remember that a satisfactory explanation entails duties on both sides."

    You must commit to a fifteen week program of rigorous study. For the average C+ to B-) Dixie College student, this course will demand two hours out-of-class study for every hour we meet in class or 6 hours a week. This means careful reading: in order to perform well on exams and class assignments you will have to work with your textbook, as opposed to just reading it. It also means you will do college level writing. Finally, you must be willing to consider viewpoints different from your own and to express your opinion in class.  

Missing class will involve costs. There will is no such thing as an excused absence even for athletics, forensics, field trips, or other college sponsored activities. As a matter of policy, I will not to go over or in any other way make up lectures or other activities for students who miss class. I will make no adjustments nor will I allow exceptions to policies regarding missing quizzes or exams when the reason is discretionary such as a vacation, the deer hunt, or a visit home. This said, consideration will be given for rescheduling some class activities in the event of school sponsored activities, illness, or accident and if consultation if done privately (in Mr. Green's office) before the scheduled time of the activity.

  Special Needs  

If you are a student with a documented physical or mental impairment that will substantially limit a major life activity, please contact the Disability Resource Center on the main campus.  The Center Coordinator and staff will assist you in analyzing your eligibility for services.  If you are deemed eligible, reasonable accommodations that are appropriate for your disability will be assigned.  If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact the Center at 652-7516; we are located in the Student Services Center , Room #201 of the Edith Whitehead Building .

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At the end of the quarter, I must make a judgment concerning how much of the content of the class you have learned. I will use the following formula to make this assessment:

    •  Exams (grade times 40%)  
    •  Test (grade times 35%)  
    •  Current Events Papers (average grade times 25%)  
  Grade Creation  

All grades in all the textbook and document quiz categories (above) will be determined using the following method.  The score on your exam, test or quiz will be divided by the high score in the class (in some cases all of my sections of the class).  If your score is within 95% of the high, you will receive an A.  The breakdown will then descend by percentages of the high until a score that is 60% of the high earns a D-.  (See Grading Percentages Breakdown below)

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Grading Percentages Breakdown


Above 95%

= A  
      90% to 94.9% = A-  

87% to 89.9%

= B+  
      83% to 86.9% = B  
      80% to 82.9%

= B-

      77% to 79.9%

= C+

      73% to 76.9%

= C

      70% to 72.9%

= C-

      67% to 69.9%

= D+

      63% to 66.9%

= D

      60% to 62.9%

= D-

      Below 60%

= F

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Two major written exams will be given during the semester accounting for 40% of your grade.


    Exam Schedule  

The date of each exam is listed in the schedule of semester activities in this syllabus. Each will be administered in the classroom. The midterm will cover lecture material for the first half of the semester and will run 55 minutes. The Final will cover lecture material for the second half of the semester only and will run 75 minutes.

    Exam Grade Options  
      Many students in the class will not have been exposed to a written exam. This fact invariably causes some to be disappointed by their performance on the midterm exam. They believe they really did not understood what to expect and think the test is unfair. To manage this weakness in the course structure, each student will be given a choice as to how his or her exam grade is calculated. .  
      Option One: the midterm will count as 40% of the exam grade while the final exam will count as 60% of the exam grade. .  
      Option Two: The midterm grade will be thrown out and the final exam grade will be the exam grade.  
      The default grade will be option one. To be eligible for option two, students must comply with all five of the following requirements:  
    1. take the midterm exam. Failure to take the midterm is automatic disqualification for choosing option two  
    2. retrieve the midterm exam from Mr. Green within one week of when the exam is turned back. The exam will be turned back in class, and the one week clock begins ticking when that class period ends. If you are not in attendance on that day, make a special effort to get you exam from Mr. Green in his office.  
      go over the midterm using the Written Exam Grading codes to determine areas where improvement is needed.  
    3. go over the problems with you midterm exam with Mr. Green in his office during his office hours. You should do this with three weeks of the return of your exam.  
    4. bring a typed purpose statement for responding to the midterm exam’s essay question to Mr. Green along with the Option Two Permission Form (posted on the exams and quizzes page) in his office during his office hours for critique.  
    5. Turn in the signed Option Two Permission Form with the final exam. This form will allow you to choose either option one or option two after you have completed the final.  
    Exam Schedule  
      The Matching, ID, short response, and essay questions for each exam will be drawn from the issues from the lectures and class discussions only. They will have nothing to do with the textbook, encyclopedias, websites, or any other source. Each question will be graded based only on class lectures and discussions outlined in the Power Point slides.
    Exam Format  

The date of each exam is listed in the schedule of semester activities in this syllabus. Each will be administered in the classroom. The midterm will cover lecture material for the first half of the semester. The Final will cover lecture material for the second half of the semester only..

    Exam Questions  
      The exams will be constructed using the following question and point format.  
      Exam Scoring  
      105 points posssible  
    Logistics = 5 points  
    ID Questionr = 50 points  
      Each exam will have a choice of fifteen ID questions; you will answer ten of the fifteen. Each answer has a possible score of 5 points.  
    Essay Question = 50 points  
      Each exam will have one essay question.  
    Exam Grading  
      Both the midterm and the final exams will be scored based on criteria that are posted on the exams and quizzes page of Mr. Green’s website. A sample midterm exam and a sample exam, displaying all instructions that appear on the actual exam, is also posted. Each exam will be timed for 75 minutes.  
      Both exam scores will be converted to letter grades using the procedure outlined in the Grade Creation section above.  
    Sources of the Exam Questions  
      The questions for each exam will be drawn from the issues from the lectures and class discussions only. They will have nothing to do with the textbook, encyclopedias, websites, or any other source. Each question will be graded based only on class lectures and discussions outlined in the Power Point slides.  
    Blue Book  
      This is a written exam. You will need to bring a blue book to class and a pen or pencil. You can pick them a bluebook up at the bookstore for $.25 Please use the small 7 x 8½ version rather than the large 8½ x 11 version. The best answers will receive the highest scores. Failure to show competence with the topic addressed in the question will result in no credit.  
      Blue Book  
    Open Notes  
      You may also bring with you any notes, written or typed to your exam as long as you do not bring your textbook or any copied, scanned, or otherwise reproduced part or section of your textbook. Be careful, however. You will put yourself at a disadvantage if you use your notes too much during the exam. Be prepared to answer most of the questions without referring to your notes; use them only to check the details you have forgotten.  
      Because for the open notes policy, each exam will be strictly timed – each will last exactly 75 minutes The object of the notes is to encourage maximum preparation and learning before the exam. Timing is necessary so that you will show what you have learned instead of just copying notes.
    Exam Grading  

Both the midterm exam grade and the final exam grade will be determined using exam scores as noted in the grade criterion sub-section of grading section above.

    Early, Late, or Make-up Midterm Exam  
      Early or late midterm exams are possible but highly unlikely. (See the Attendance Policy.) An early or late midterm will require private consultation with Mr. Green (in his office, not the classroom) and will require evidence of school sponsored activities or real emergencies before they will even be considered.
    Early or Late Final Exam  
      The date and time of your final exam are listed in the schedule bulletin and on Mr. Green’s web site. You must take your final with your class on the correct day at the correct time. Student’s missing finals for any reason without written permission from Mr. Green and the Dean of Education, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences will not be allowed to make up the exam. Students arriving late for the final will have 10% reduction of their final exam grade  
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Your grade on thirteen tests, based on your reading of O’Neil, Fields, and Share, Cases in Comparative Politics will constitute 35% of your final grade


    Test Content  

Thirteen tests will be held during the semester to assess your reading and comprehension of O’Neil,  Fields, and Share, Cases in Comparative Politics.  See the semester schedule for the week each text will occur, for and chapters the test will coverer, and for the time allowed to complete each test.


All questions will be chosen at random by a computerized testing program furnished to Mr. Green by the text publisher. Each questions is from a text bank also provided by the publisher. The test questions, are all written by the author and selected by the computer – not by Mr. Green. These tests, in other words,  are designed to insure that you thoroughly read, study, and understand the material in your textbook.

    Test Rules  

Test will be conducted on line using the blackboard assessment tool.  On the week the test is scheduled (see page 7) , the test will appear on Thursday at Midnight and disappear the following Monday at Midnight.  Your will have all day Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to complete the test.  The time available for finishing each test once you have started is listed in the semester schedule.  In addition, you will have two tries at each test.  You score will be the highest of the two.

    Early or Late Tests  

No make up test are allowed.  Refer to the semester schedule and blackboard often to make sure you do not miss any test.   Excuses such as getting stuck in Salt Lake or Las Vegas or going on an upcoming family vacation will not count as acceptable excuses and will not be accepted. (See the attendance policy above.)  Sometimes school sponsored activities or real emergencies will arise.  These must be dealt with privately by consultation with Mr. Green (in his office, not in the classroom) before the test begins. (See the Attendance Policy )

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  Current Events Papers  

The Current Events Paper Grade accounts for 25% of the semester grade.  It is derived from two activities: first, the average grade for five papers will account for 50% of the grade; second, article day attendance and participation makes up the other 50% , The participation portion also includes the syllabus quiz and pre and post tests.

    Paper Content Grade  
      The content grade will is the average grade on five current events papers to be turned during the semester. Each paper will be judged by five criteria:  
      1. content quality: is it clear that you have carefully selected and read the article, that you have understood it, and that you have worked to convey the material fully and succinctly to the class?  
      2. organization: is the essay unified, coherent, and clear (see the wring terms section and the graphic in the writing guide).  
      3. correctness: do you use correct diction, punctuation, grammar, etc. (see the section on punctuation and usage in the writing guide)  
      4. originality: is the paper your own work.  
      5. formatting: does the paper meet all the formatting requirements. (see the paper formatting model)  
    Attendance and Participation Grade  
      Your attendance and participation grade will be based on the points you accumulate out of a possible 240 points using three criteria.  
      1. First, you will receive 10 points for each article day you attend whether you have an assigned paper or not. Since there are ten article days in the schedule, this section is worth a possible 100 points. In addition, there are four activities that will count as attendance day: the pretest, the syllabus quiz, the film worksheet, and the post test. the total possible points available for attendance is 140 points.. 5 points will be subtracted for each article day you come late.  
      2. Second, you will receive 25 points each time you are fully prepared with your assigned paper. Since you will be assigned 5 papers, this section is worth 125 points. 5 points will be subtracted from this section if you come late on the day your paper is assigned .  
      3 Finally, you will receive 15 points for reading your assigned paper to the class. This adds another 75 possible points. The attendance and participation grade will be determined using by adding all the scores and using the procedure described in the grade criterion section above.  
Summary of Attendance Scoring
240 Total Points Possible
        40 Points Possible for Quizzes and Worksheets (the pretest, the syllabus quiz, the film worksheet, and the post test) = 10 points each  
        100 Point Possible for Attendance at Ten Article Days = 10 points each but -5 per session for arriving late.  
        125 Point Possible if you arrive with your Paper Fully Prepared = 25 points per session but -5 for arriving late.  
        75 Points Possible if you read your paper to the class = 15 points per session  
    Paper Assignment  
      Five current events papers will be turned during the semester. Mr. Green will assign the countries you are to research early in the semester. [Link to the Paper Assignments] You must choose articles that shed light on politically relevant events or developments in the assigned county during the past six months. There is one exception to this six month time limit requirement – Foreign Affairs magazine. See below.  
    Purpose of the Paper  
      Each paper consist of an essay that summarizes three articles about an assigned country. Since the paper is an essay, it must have a purpose statement containing thesis that connects the three articles under a a unifying theme. The purpose of the paper is to create class discussion concerning the developments and events going on in the countries we will study during the semester. On the day the articles are due, therefore, each student with an assigned paper will read their paper aloud to the class and take questions concerning its details.  
    Paper Sources  
      Each paper must summarizes three articles. The Three articles must come from the following sources:  
      Source One: One of the three articles must be from Foreign Affairs Magazine [hard copy at the library] For this source only, you may go back several years to find your article.  
      Source Two: One of the three articles must come from a current (no more than six months old) issue of the The Economist, a weekly magazine available in the library and accessible on line.

      Source Three: For the third article, you may choose from one of the following sources.: The Wall Street Journal [pay to access on line], the New York Times (free registration to access on line), The Washington Post [free registration to access on line], Time [accessible on line], Newsweek [accessible on line], U.S. News and World Report [accessible on line], CNN [accessible on line], MSNBC [accessible on line], or Fox News [accessible on line].  The article must be current (no more than six months old)  
      You many use either on line or hard copy sources. However, no sources other than source one, source two and source three above, such as the textbook, Wikipedia, etc., are allowed.  
    Paper Formatting  
    The paper must have a recognizable purpose statement. (see the paper formatting model)  
    The paper must be typed.  
    The paper must be double spaced  
    The paper must have a descriptive title.  
    The paper must have 1" margins all around.  
    The paper must use a 12 point font.  
    Paper citation requirements:  
      The paper must reference each article by author (if available), title, publication, date, and if available, the page number(s).  
      Example: Garry Kasparov, “Don Putin,” The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2007, p. A13.  
      If you wish to paraphrase or cite a passage from the article in your essay, add the author’s last name in brackets after the paraphrase or quote.  
      Example: “The United State and the west have made a terrible mistake about Putin’s intentions. He is establishing an anti-democratic anti-market autocracy in Russia.” (Kasparov)  
    The paper must be no more that two pages (600 words). The paper must include a word count in parenthesis after the last word.  

The paper’s heading should by justified either left or right and consist of your name  on the first line and “Comparative Government” on the second.

    The paper’s title, below the header, should be the name of the assigned country – centered and bolded in a 12 point font.  
    Papers will be turned back ungraded to be fixed and re-handed in if:  
      they use the wrong sources  
      they do not have a word count  
      they are too long  
      they have the wrong font size .  
      they have incorrect margins  
    Paper Rewrites  
      If you do not like the initial paper grade, you will have one opportunity for a rewrite. The rewrite is due one week after the graded paper is turned back. Rewrites turned in late will not be accepted. You may, if you wish, bring the paper to Mr. Green's office and discuss ways of improve in the paper. (Mr. Green's first question will be: "Did you read the material in the Writing Aids posted on the Web Site?”).  
    Early or Late Papers  
      The papers are an integral part of the planned in-class learning activities. Mr. Green expects that you will be in class with your paper on the day it is due ready to read it to the class and answer questions about its contents from the instructor and class members. Therefore, papers not presented in class on the assigned day will 1) lose one full grade and 2) lose the right to be resubmitted for a higher grade.  
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  Writing Aids  

The following set of writing guides were developed by Dr. Allan Payne of the Dixie College English faculty to help students compose papers that are unified, coherent, and correct. When Mr. Green grades your paper, he will assume that you have read and incorporated the standards these guides contain.

    Guide 1 A two page list of key writing terms with their definitions. Mr. Green uses most of these term when explaining his assignment.  
    Guide 2 A one page graphic example of a properly structured paper and a one page sample paper that follows the example.  
    Guide 3 A six page guide to basic grammar and punctuation rules.  
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