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Civic Engagement: The Iowa Caucuses
Unformatted Document Text:  supervised countless internships in political campaigns and with other political organizations over the years. But I have never had a single class that combines “classroom examination” of the issues raised by this process with the practical understandings that are developed in internship positions. I am excited for the possibilities that this presents. I hope you are as well. I have tried to structure the class in such a way as to make this interaction of practical and theoretical effective. But I may have been misguided in how this will work. And so I will treat the syllabus as tentative in the sense that if we discover that things are not working well, we can try to make adjustments to make it work better. Obviously, I do not expect this to happen – if I did I would change the syllabus now! But I will try to check with you about these matters and you should feel free to let me know if there are things you think that we might do differently. REQUIREMENTS You will receive two separate grades for the class, three credits for POLS115 and three credits for POLS193, so some of the work will “count” toward one grade and some will “count” toward the other. I will try to delineate that clearly in what follows. 1. Regular attendance, preparation for, and participation in class discussions. You are expected to have the readings done by the day on which they are assigned. Please note that at times it may seem that we are falling behind the syllabus. However, unless I tell you otherwise, keep up with the reading as assigned. Some of these "lags" are by design. And we will, at some point, catch up. In addition, I hope to take advantage of the Iowa caucuses to bring appropriate visitors to the class to further enhance our experience. I know, from the nature of the caucuses, that many of these visits will be scheduled at the last minute. I will, whenever possible, try to give you some advance notice (if only by email) so that you can prepare for any visitor who comes. The class schedule of three times each week for an hour and fifteen minutes is designed with this in mind. I will take attendance (If you are absent, I will assume you are not prepared). This will count for 15% of each grade. 2. Essays. There are a series of five essays over the course of the semester that will ask you to evaluate many of the arguments of the authors we are reading and/or various aspects of the nomination process in light of those readings. Specific essay questions will be posted on Blackboard in the Assignments folder at least one week before they are due. Each of these essays will be worth 12% of your POLS115 grade. 3. Take-home final exam. There will be a take-home final exam essay for POLS115. It will be worth 25% of that grade. 4. Campaign Blogging. In Blackboard, we will use the blogging tool to set up a site where you will examine various topics from the perspective of your internships. Depending upon the topic, the blog will focus on that topic for somewhere between one and three weeks. With each topic, there will be readings that will help guide your posts. So, for example, when we are discussing campaign finance, we will also read articles

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supervised countless internships in political campaigns and with other political
organizations over the years. But I have never had a single class that combines
“classroom examination” of the issues raised by this process with the practical
understandings that are developed in internship positions. I am excited for the
possibilities that this presents. I hope you are as well. I have tried to structure the class
in such a way as to make this interaction of practical and theoretical effective. But I may
have been misguided in how this will work. And so I will treat the syllabus as tentative
in the sense that if we discover that things are not working well, we can try to make
adjustments to make it work better. Obviously, I do not expect this to happen – if I did I
would change the syllabus now! But I will try to check with you about these matters and
you should feel free to let me know if there are things you think that we might do
differently.
REQUIREMENTS
You will receive two separate grades for the class, three credits for POLS115 and three
credits for POLS193, so some of the work will “count” toward one grade and some will
“count” toward the other. I will try to delineate that clearly in what follows.
1. Regular attendance, preparation for, and participation in class discussions. You are
expected to have the readings done by the day on which they are assigned. Please note
that at times it may seem that we are falling behind the syllabus. However, unless I tell
you otherwise, keep up with the reading as assigned. Some of these "lags" are by design.
And we will, at some point, catch up. In addition, I hope to take advantage of the Iowa
caucuses to bring appropriate visitors to the class to further enhance our experience. I
know, from the nature of the caucuses, that many of these visits will be scheduled at the
last minute. I will, whenever possible, try to give you some advance notice (if only by
email) so that you can prepare for any visitor who comes. The class schedule of three
times each week for an hour and fifteen minutes is designed with this in mind. I will take
attendance (If you are absent, I will assume you are not prepared). This will count for
15% of each grade.
2. Essays. There are a series of five essays over the course of the semester that will ask
you to evaluate many of the arguments of the authors we are reading and/or various
aspects of the nomination process in light of those readings. Specific essay questions will
be posted on Blackboard in the Assignments folder at least one week before they are due.
Each of these essays will be worth 12% of your POLS115 grade.
3. Take-home final exam. There will be a take-home final exam essay for POLS115. It
will be worth 25% of that grade.
4. Campaign Blogging. In Blackboard, we will use the blogging tool to set up a site
where you will examine various topics from the perspective of your internships.
Depending upon the topic, the blog will focus on that topic for somewhere between one
and three weeks. With each topic, there will be readings that will help guide your posts.
So, for example, when we are discussing campaign finance, we will also read articles


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