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Civic Engagement: The Iowa Caucuses
Unformatted Document Text:  about how campaigns deal with the issue and you will blog about the role of money in the organization for which you are working. (If you do not intern in an organization for which this is a concern, there will be alternative topics for you to discuss.). These Blackboard blogs will be internal, only viewed by members of the class. However, we will do more with these blogs. Drake has an “Iowa Caucus” project in this election cycle. Professor Caufield in running that project. One student in the class has already agreed to serve as an intern for her as his caucus related internship. His job - with your help! – will be to take the most interesting and useful blogging stories, anecdotes and insights about your campaign and post them on the public site where anyone can learn from them. (No one’s writing will be publicly posted without his or her permission.) But it will go even further. This public content will be used by a website called “firstinthenation.com” to provide their Iowa postings. I have been working with colleagues at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Nevada at Reno, the University of South Carolina and (just added when they moved up) the University of South Florida) to provide a comprehensive site for citizens to see what is going on in all of the early caucus/primary states. We are still hoping to create a private link on that site to allow students in our classes and projects to work with students at the other schools in the project. (So for example, students interning with Hillary Clinton in Iowa would be able to coordinate with interns from the University of New Hampshire and cover similar issues in those different states). We are not sure yet if we have the funding to keep such an infrastructure going. But even if we do not, we will be able to provide Iowa content for both the Drake Caucus Project and this website. I will not grade the individual posts that you make. Nor will your grade depend upon how many of your posts end up in public rather than our private Blackboard blog. Rather, your grade here will be based on your regular blogging, and that blogging being thoughtful and responsive to both the campaign environment and to what others are writing. If you meet those expectations, you will have an “A” for that portion of the grade. And I will be sure to let you know if you are falling short of those expectations. The campaign blogs will be worth 60% of the POLS193 grade. 5. Final summary paper. For POLS193, your initial reported grade will be IP – in progress - because we cannot finish until the caucuses finish. One week after the caucuses end (and the date of the caucuses is still, as you may know, up in the air), you will hand in a final paper that will reflect on the caucus process and your participation in it. I will provide more detailed instructions when we get closer to the end of the semester. In addition, I would like, early in the spring semester, to arrange a public forum where we will have a panel of some of the members of the class sharing their experience with a wider Drake audience. The final paper will be worth 25% of the internship grade. Those who volunteer to be on the panel will receive “extra credit.” (Those who attend the forum but are not on the panel will also receive “extra credit” though not as much as those who are on the panel.) A Note on Academic Honesty: For all assignments, you are expected to hand in work that represents your own work. I take this issue very seriously. Here is the department’s policy on academic honesty (you can also find this statement on the department’s webpage at:

Authors: Sanders, Arthur.
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about how campaigns deal with the issue and you will blog about the role of money in the
organization for which you are working. (If you do not intern in an organization for
which this is a concern, there will be alternative topics for you to discuss.). These
Blackboard blogs will be internal, only viewed by members of the class. However, we
will do more with these blogs. Drake has an “Iowa Caucus” project in this election cycle.
Professor Caufield in running that project. One student in the class has already agreed to
serve as an intern for her as his caucus related internship. His job - with your help! – will
be to take the most interesting and useful blogging stories, anecdotes and insights about
your campaign and post them on the public site where anyone can learn from them. (No
one’s writing will be publicly posted without his or her permission.) But it will go even
further. This public content will be used by a website called “firstinthenation.com” to
provide their Iowa postings. I have been working with colleagues at the University of
New Hampshire, the University of Nevada at Reno, the University of South Carolina and
(just added when they moved up) the University of South Florida) to provide a
comprehensive site for citizens to see what is going on in all of the early caucus/primary
states. We are still hoping to create a private link on that site to allow students in our
classes and projects to work with students at the other schools in the project. (So for
example, students interning with Hillary Clinton in Iowa would be able to coordinate
with interns from the University of New Hampshire and cover similar issues in those
different states). We are not sure yet if we have the funding to keep such an
infrastructure going. But even if we do not, we will be able to provide Iowa content for
both the Drake Caucus Project and this website. I will not grade the individual posts that
you make. Nor will your grade depend upon how many of your posts end up in public
rather than our private Blackboard blog. Rather, your grade here will be based on your
regular blogging, and that blogging being thoughtful and responsive to both the campaign
environment and to what others are writing. If you meet those expectations, you will
have an “A” for that portion of the grade. And I will be sure to let you know if you are
falling short of those expectations. The campaign blogs will be worth 60% of the
POLS193 grade.
5. Final summary paper. For POLS193, your initial reported grade will be IP – in
progress - because we cannot finish until the caucuses finish. One week after the
caucuses end (and the date of the caucuses is still, as you may know, up in the air), you
will hand in a final paper that will reflect on the caucus process and your participation in
it. I will provide more detailed instructions when we get closer to the end of the semester.
In addition, I would like, early in the spring semester, to arrange a public forum where we
will have a panel of some of the members of the class sharing their experience with a
wider Drake audience. The final paper will be worth 25% of the internship grade. Those
who volunteer to be on the panel will receive “extra credit.” (Those who attend the forum
but are not on the panel will also receive “extra credit” though not as much as those who
are on the panel.)
A Note on Academic Honesty:
For all assignments, you are expected to hand in work that represents your own work. I
take this issue very seriously. Here is the department’s policy on academic honesty (you
can also find this statement on the department’s webpage at:


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