Department of Politics
225. Ethics & Public Policy
February "Austin Edition" 2010
Dr. Robert W. Sutherland,
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sutherland,
305 South, Ext. 4226. E-mail
is the best way to reach me outside of class hours, since I do not regularly
check my voice mail.
CLASS MEETINGS: Week I: 1:00 pm on M-Th & Friday @ 9:30am. Week
II on Monday & Tuesday @ 1pm. Class meetings for the rest of the term are by arrangement.
EXPENSES: Besides housing and van rental, which are already covered, there are no course-related expenses, except perhaps for $5-10 in copying. Personal expenses for local transportation, meals, entertainment, gifts, etc. will vary.
GRADES: A midterm and final exam (30% each), a journal w/ pictures (20%) for daily activities, comments, and reflections plus two oral presentations (20%).
The grading scale for the course is A = 1750-2000, A- = 1650-1749, B+
= 1550-1649, B = 1450-1549, B- = 1350-1449, C+ = 1250-1349, C = 1150-1249,
C- = 1050-1149, D+ = 950-1049, D = 850-949, D- = 750-849, F = 000-749.
The number of points possible on any given exam or paper is the product
of 20 points times the importance measured in percent of the final course
grade. For letter grade equivalents, multiply the percentage times:
18 = A, 17 = A-, 16 = B+, 15 = B, 14 = B-, 13 = C+, 12 = C, 11 = C-,
10 = D+, 9 = D, 8 = D-.
FORM: Must be completed and returned to me by Friday, Feb. 5th. http://www.cornellcollege.edu/off-campus-studies/gb-resources-faculty/StudentWaiver.doc
- Monday, 1pm: Pre-departure Meeting with Amanda Ross
- Tuesday, 1pm Midterm Exam
- Wednesday--No Class
- Thursday--7am Departure from the front of the Commons
- Thompson. (1987) The Private Lives of Public Officials, pp. 123-147,
- Nagel, Thomas. (2002) Concealment & Exposure pp. 1-30
- Gutmann, A. & Thompson, D. (2006) The Investigation & Impeachment of President Clinton. in Ethics & Politics: Cases & Comments. Thomson Wadsworth. pp. 113-114, 139-157.
- Friday--8:30am briefing by ATCHISON on the Clinton School and its Programs plus the Investigation and Impeachment of President Clinton in Ethics & Politics, pp. 139-157
- Sunday-tbaPM briefing by FLEMING on the Bush School and its Programs plus the Confirmation of Justice Thomas in Ethics & Politics, pp. 115-139
- briefing by ELLERBACH on the LBJ School and its Programs plus
- Goodin, R. 1980. Manipulatory Politics Yale Univ. Press, pp. 2-64
- Lyndon Johnson, Master Manipulatory in Ethics & Politics, pp. 159-161 & 169-189
- briefing by PARTRIDGE on the Texas Legislature
- tba The Texas Redistricting Caper in Ethics & Politics, pp. 177-183
- Saturday/Sunday--briefing by MCNUTT on Kansas University and its Programs, including Chs 1, 5, & 15 of John Rohr's Public Service, Ethics & Constitutional Practice. 1998, Univ. Press of Kansas
ORAL PRESENTATIONS & BRIEFINGS
Criteria for Evaluation -- Contents
Main points covered: Be selective! Be selective!!
Be selective!!! Distinguish carefully between main points and minor ones,
develop only a few main points in a short presentation (2-3 in 6-7 minutes),
and be sure to alert the audience to what the main points are as you begin
Development: Carefully develop main points with clear, specific
references to details or examples. When completing the development of
a main point, be sure to provide a strong, logical transition to the next
Alternatives Explanations, where appropriate:
Criteria for Evaluation -- Style
Effective use of notes: Do not read from a prepared text. Outlines
are O.K., as are short quotations
Eye contact: Present your material to the whole audience
Time limit: Guard especially against excessive length. Ten minutes
is the limit.
Expression & Emphasis: Watch for rate of speech and clear
enunciation. Consider a variety of devices to emphasize the main points,
incl. pauses, pitch, pace, posture, etc.
ORAL PRESENTATION TOPICS:
- Oral Presentation I: Articles from Policy Journals
- Oral Presentation II: Topics to be Determined.