POL 382: Politics of Western Europe - Spring 2017

Spring 2017
Tuesdays and Fridays 10:15 a.m. -11:30 a.m. 
4040 (Ballston) room 404

Upcoming things to worry about:
In spring 2017 I have office hours in three different places:
    • At the Ballston campus, in the 4040 building, room 404, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 to 2:15 
    • At the Ballston campus, in the 4040 building, room 509, roughly every other Wednesday from 1:00 until 2:00. 
    • On main campus, in Ireton Hall, room G108, roughly every other Monday and every other Thursday from 10 until 3. 
        To meet me at one of those times you must make an appointment. To see the schedule and make an appointment use this calendar. (You must be logged in to gmail or Marymount email. Scroll to the right to see future weeks.) If you do not make an appointment you are welcome to drop by but I cannot promise that I will be there. If you make an appointment but then cannot make it to that appointment, please email me to let me know. Any student who makes, and then misses, three or more appointments without cancelling them in advance will be permanently banned from making future appointments.  

        Course Assignments and Grades

        Course grades will be based on a weighted average of the following:
        • Midterm exam. 15%. February 21. Covers basic concepts in European politics. Identify and explain any 5 concepts, from a list of 10. List of terms will be posted here. 45 minutes of class time.  
        • Map test. 5%. Correctly identify European countries on a map of Europe, French cities on a map of France, and Strasbourgeois neighborhoods. No using notes. Students will have several chances to complete the exam prior to spring break; I'll record each student's highest score.
        • Term paper. 60%. Term papers are at least 4000 words long (about 16 pages), and explore in depth a political issue involving Western Europe. Components of the assignment are due in several steps, emailed to me. Assignments are due at midnight at the end of the specified day. A lot more detail about the term paper assignment will be posted here. The term paper will be completed in several steps: 
          • Topic paragraph. 5%. February 12.
          • Summaries of three scholarly articles. 5% each, total 15%. February 23, March 1, March 22.  
          • Case study. 5%. April 10. 
          • Initial draft. 15%. April 19.
          • Final draft. 15%. May 14.
          • Class presentation. 5%. May 2 - 12.
        • Peer reviews. 10%. Two reviews (5% each) of other student drafts, following an assigned format. You may write up to 2 additional high-quality reviews, for up to 3% in extra credit points each.
        • Travel journals. 10%. A series of short writing assignments asking students to revisit concepts from the course in light of experiences in France. 
        Extra credit:
        • Class participation. Students may earn up to 5% for sustained, constructive contributions to class discussions. 
        • DC event. 5% for a first event and 3% for a second. Attend an event in the DC area on the subject of global security and write a blog post summarizing your experience. Specific instructions about attending and reporting on events are here. Posts must be well-written to receive credit; I will send back poorly-written posts for revisions before they are accepted. You will receive 5 extra credit points for one event and post, and 3 points for a second. All blog posts submitted by the day of the final exam. (Blog posts are kept private by default, but we may make selected posts public by mutual agreement.)
        • Extra peer reviews. Students who turn in a complete draft on time may complete up to two additional peer reviews for up to 3% each. Email me within four days of turning in your draft to get an extra credit assignment. I will give specific due dates with each assignment, but in any case these must be completed no later than the day of the final exam.
        • Wikipedia edit. Properly edit a Wikipedia article to include a sensible reference to a properly-cited scholarly article (one you used for one of your summaries) and email me a link to the log. See this tutorial or attend the class session of POL 250 in the library classroom, time TBA. Up to 4% for a well-formatted edit. This must be completed by the day of the final exam.   
        Any student who misses 7 or more class sessions will automatically fail the course. Any student who does not fully participate in the travel component of the course, or who significantly disrupts the site visits, will automatically fail the course. Any student who violates the code of Academic Integrity, by cheating on an in-class exam or plagiarizing a written assignment, will automatically fail the course. 

        Students who fail the course automatically, due to poor attendance or an academic integrity violation, will not participate in the site visit to France and will not have the travel fees refunded. 

        As this is a writing-intensive (WI) course, the completion of a revised full-length term paper is a non-negotiable requirement. Any student who does not complete a full revision will not pass the class. 
        Course Schedule and Readings

        Three books are assigned for the course:
        In addition, students should purchase guidebooks and city maps that cover Strasbourg and Paris, electrical adapters as needed, and bring a smartphone, tablet, or laptop they can use while in-country. 

        Coursework on site in France will be from March 6 to 12, 2017 and will include a number of site visits to a university and government offices, as well as other site visits probably including, but not limited to the Strasbourg Cathedral, the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Assembly of Regions. We will distribute and post an itinerary for the trip about one week before we travel. 

        Part 1: How stuff works in France

        Tuesday, January 17
        Introduction (slides)
        Read: Bale, introduction and chapter 1

        Friday, January 20 - No class for Inauguration Day

        Sunday, January 22 - Election Day
        Read the news

        Tuesday, January 24
        Religion and gender
        Read: Morgan, chapters 1 and 2

        Friday, January 27
        Working mothers, brief discussion of trip logistics (slides)
        Read: Morgan, chapters 3 and 5

        Tuesday, January 31
        Health care and transit
        Read: The Health Care System Under French National Health Insurance

        Part 2: Research projects and basic European institutions

        Friday, February 3
        Reading: Bale, chapter 4

        Tuesday, February 7
        Term paper structure and format

        Friday, February 10
        Parties (slides)
        Reading: Bale, chapter 5

        Sunday, February 12 - topic paragraph due

        Tuesday, February 14
        Scholarly articles (and current events recap)

        Friday, February 17
        Reading: Bale, chapter 6

        Tuesday, February 21
        Midterm exam and discussion (sample papers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

        Thursday, February 23 - article summary #1 due

        Part 3: Citizenship 

        Friday, February 24
        , discussion of trip logistics
        Read: Bale, chapter 10

        Tuesday, February 28
        Read: Maxwell, chapters 1 and 2

        Wednesday, March 1 - article summary #2 due

        Friday, March 3 
        Read: Maxwell, chapters 4 and 5

        Part 4: Site visits

        Spring Break - site visits in France (schedule)

        Part 5: Divisions

        Tuesday, March 14 

        Friday, March 17
        Dutch elections
        Read: find (on your own) a few articles about the election and be prepared to discuss them in class

        Tuesday, March 21
        Civil society
        Read: Bale, chapter 8

        Wednesday, March 22 - article summary #3 due

        Friday, March 24
        Security relationships, NATO (slides)

        Tuesday, March 28
        Read: Bale, chapter 9

        Friday, March 31
        Neoliberalism: Oversold?

        Part 6: Term papers 

        Tuesday, April 4
        Paper organization

        Friday, April 7
        No regular class 
        Special event on Turkey on Main Campus
        Rowley G127
        Noon - 1 p.m.

        Monday, April 10 - case study due

        Tuesday, April 11
        Writing workshop

        Easter break

        Wednesday, April 19 - Initial draft due

        Friday, April 21
        Paper workshop

        Sunday, April 23 - Election Day
        Read the news

        Tuesday, April 25
        The French election
        Read: find (on your own) a few articles about the election and be prepared to discuss them in class

        Peer reviews due sometime around here, as assigned.

        Friday, April 28
        Paper workshop and discussion of presentations

        Tuesday, May 2
        April, Elizabeth H., Gabe, Matthew, Andrea, Sabih, Serge, Brandan

        Friday, May 5
        Presentations and election update
        Alisa, Vincent, Lourdes, Bariq, Kritesh

        Friday, May 12, 9:00 a.m.
        Jennifer, Anthony, Elizabeth D., Forrest, Kevin, Lyndsie, Kay, Virginia

        Sunday, May 14 - Final draft due