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POLS 2300 Catalog Description

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  Final Grades  
    Final grades are finished and posted.  The post is called Final Grade at the bottom of the scores and grades page.  It contains in order your student number, the final semester grade, the exam option box (checked if you made two visits to my office) the final exam grade, final exam score,  the midterm exam grade, and the micro paper grade.  
    Your final exam blue books are now in a box outside my office.  Your score is in the upper right hand corner of the cover.  The score is the sum of the four scores you will find in the upper right hand corner of the first page inside the cover.  Be sure I have added correctly.  
    The blue books are arranged by section, by size, and in alphabetical order.  You may come and get them at any time, and you may keep them.   If you have any questions about the grading of the blue book, see me if you can find me this semester or come at the beginning of next semester.   
    I will keep the blue books in the box for about one week into my summer semester which begins on May 31 after which they will be destroyed.  
  Political Science 2300 TH 10:30 am Class (Section 1)  
      Printable Syllabus  
      Printable Semester Schedule  
      Printable Query Assignments  
      Printable Queries  
      Sample Paper Formatting Guide  
      Key to Part 1 of the MIdterm Exam  
      Key to Part 2 of the Final Exam  
      Next Assignment and Lecture  
      Read the Syllabus (use button link above)  
      See the semester schedule  
      If you missed the Marx-Chaplin discussion, you can make it up by printing, completing, and turning in the Make-up Worksheet.  

The micro paper scores and grades, reflecting the results of the initial grade on the Mill paper, are now posted. Remember, the paper can be rewritten for a higher grade.


The current semester grades are now posted.

        Link to Mr. Green's Recommended Books List for Economics, Politics, and Philosophy  
      The best general introduction to the history of Western philosophy  
      The Oxford Very Short Introductions Series  
      Titles from Hackett Publishing Company  
      Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought  
      Cambridge Companions Series  
        If you are off campus, your d-mail user name and password should get you access to the Cambridge Companions.  
      Indiana Governor Mitch Daniel's Speech to C-PAC  
      The Tea Party and Foreign Policy  
      David Brook's The New Humanism  
      Dierdrie McCloskey The Hobbes Problem  
      The Art of Theory  
        An on-line, ungated Political Theory journal  
      Bleeding Heart Libertarians  
        A blog that discusses a variety interesting and important questions in political theory. The authors are left-libertarians  
      The Great Debate: DSC Library DVD Call# JK 141 .P32 2007  
        Professor Thomas Pangle's DVD course (8 lectures) on the great debate between advocates and opponents of the ratification of the American Constitution in 1786-1788  
      The Atlas Society's Ten Best Books on Liberty in the 2000s  

  Individual Pictures  
    From Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Allegory of Good and Bad Government  
      Location: Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Italy; Date: 1338-40  
    Allegory of Good Government, Full Panel  
    Allegory of Good Government, Right Panel Annotated  
    Allegory of Good Government, Left Panel Annotated  
    Good Government in the City  
    Good Government in the Country  
    Allegory of Bad Government, Full Panel  
    Allegory of Bad Government, Annotated  
    Bad Government in the City  
    Bad Government in the Country  

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  How to Succeed in this Class  

Success in this class will require focus, hard work and effort, and a success strategy. If you come to me after the midterm or at the end of the semester to ask what you can do about your grade, my response will be to go over the four success standards listed below:

    First, you will need to be in class every day. The course will revolve around reading and discussion of the essays in the textbook. Much of the material we will read will be done in class. Missing class will mean missing ideas and passages that will be on the exams. You have to read and study your book. You especially will need to attend on the five paper assignment days. Part of the paper grade derives from you presence and participation on these days.  
    Second, you will need to do the reading. Fully reading the assigned texts is important for two reasons: first, you will need to recognize selections from the text for the exams, and second, you will need to understand and analyze the assigned reading in order to write the papers.  
    Third, you will need to write all of the assigned papers and bring them to class on the paper assignment days (see the semester schedule). Your grade will be significantly affected if you are not in class with your paper.  

Fourth, you will need write your papers using the wring guides Mr. Green has provided. The writing guides are posted on the syllabus page on this website. In addition, be sure you read through the formatting requirements listed in the syllabus.

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  Political Science 2300 Catalog Description  

Introduction to Political Theory examines the ideas of about government beginning with Plato and running to John Rawls. The major thinkers to be considered will be Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbs, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Hume, Burke, Kant, Mill, and Marx. The course includes ideas about the relationship between those who govern and those who are governed, about the nature of the good life and the role of government in achieving it; about ideas of how those who govern are to be chosen; about the necessity of limits, if any, on those who govern; and about the correct balance between freedom for the individual and the authority of the state. In the process, students will read from the works of the great political thinkers and write criticisms and comparisons of those thinkers' ideas. 3 lecture hours per week.

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      On income inequality in America -- skeptical of the Marxist view.  
      On income inequality in America -- another skeptic.  
      On the importance of capitalist institutions to economic growth  
      Two additional links: Link 1 Link 2