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Fantasy Congress: It’s for Real
Unformatted Document Text:  Course Assignments and Grading: Assignment Due Date Class participation (10%) All days Fantasy Congress, discussion, online participation As announced and short papers (25%) Paper (20%) As announced Midterm Exam, (20%) Thursday, March 1 Final, Cumulative (25%) Saturday, May 12 Things to Know An integral part of any course is class discussion. I will do my best to ensure we have enough time and structure as well as an inviting environment during class to promote discussion. In return, I ask you to contribute to the dialogue with comments, questions, and newsworthy items. Class discussion is also an opportunity to demonstrate you have been keeping up with the issues in the New York Times I start each class with the question: “Is there anything going on in Congress we should be talking about?” If this question does not interest you, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons may seem long to you. There is a heavy current events requirement in this course. You are expected to follow Congress and be able to talk about political and policy happenings at the Capital. I do not expect you to be an expert; I do expect you to demonstrate you are paying attention to the issues. I take attendance and you cannot participate in discussion if you are not present. Attendance does not equal participation. A good rule of thumb (if you are looking for one) is to contribute one intelligent comment each class period for a high participation grade. Lack of attendance imposes parameters on your participation grade. What do I need to pay attention to? There is a lot of reading in this course – a text, the New York Times, as well as additional handouts. I will often give you verbal clues in class as to what is and is not particularly important. You are expected to keep up with the reading assignments in this course; we cannot have quality class discussion if you are not completing the readings. A major element of this course will revolve around the web activity called Fantasy Congress, available at http://www.fantasycongress.com/fc/ . As part of this exercise you will draft members of Congress for your ‘team’ and follow the happenings of Congress through this exercise (think fantasy football for political science geeks). This will require web access multiple times each week. A handout will further describe activities of Fantasy Congress. Beyond drafting members and scoring points for their actions you will have a series of short assignments (typically one to two page papers) with this activity (EG: doing research on the background of a member, researching a bill they introduced this Congress, following committee action on a bill, etc.) There are two exams in this course (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, and essay). The questions will be drawn from both readings and class. Exams also present an opportunity to show you can relate class material to current events. Research papers (suitable in form and 19

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Course Assignments and Grading:
Assignment
Due Date
Class
participation
(10%) All
days

Fantasy Congress, discussion, online participation
As announced
and short papers (25%)

Paper
(20%)
As
announced
Midterm
Exam,
(20%)
Thursday,
March
1
Final,
Cumulative
(25%) Saturday,
May
12


Things to Know
An integral part of any course is class discussion. I will do my best to ensure we have enough
time and structure as well as an inviting environment during class to promote discussion. In
return, I ask you to contribute to the dialogue with comments, questions, and newsworthy items.
Class discussion is also an opportunity to demonstrate you have been keeping up with the issues
in the New York Times I start each class with the question: “Is there anything going on in
Congress we should be talking about?” If this question does not interest you, Tuesday and
Thursday afternoons may seem long to you.

There is a heavy current events requirement in this course. You are expected to follow Congress
and be able to talk about political and policy happenings at the Capital. I do not expect you to be
an expert; I do expect you to demonstrate you are paying attention to the issues.

I take attendance and you cannot participate in discussion if you are not present. Attendance does
not equal participation.
A good rule of thumb (if you are looking for one) is to contribute one
intelligent comment each class period for a high participation grade. Lack of attendance imposes
parameters on your participation grade.

What do I need to pay attention to? There is a lot of reading in this course – a text, the New
York Times, as well as additional handouts. I will often give you verbal clues in class as to what
is and is not particularly important. You are expected to keep up with the reading assignments in
this course; we cannot have quality class discussion if you are not completing the readings.

A major element of this course will revolve around the web activity called Fantasy Congress,
available at
. As part of this exercise you will draft members
of Congress for your ‘team’ and follow the happenings of Congress through this exercise (think
fantasy football for political science geeks). This will require web access multiple times each
week. A handout will further describe activities of Fantasy Congress. Beyond drafting members
and scoring points for their actions you will have a series of short assignments (typically one to
two page papers) with this activity (EG: doing research on the background of a member,
researching a bill they introduced this Congress, following committee action on a bill, etc.)

There are two exams in this course (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, and essay).
The questions will be drawn from both readings and class. Exams also present an opportunity to
show you can relate class material to current events. Research papers (suitable in form and
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