This is the Class Home Page/Syllabus.
Read This Entire Web Page (and all links).
This class moves very fast - do not fall behind or you will fail!
This is an advanced (200 level) course.
If you do not read and write at the college level, you will not be successful in this course.
GET YOUR BOOK (or e-book) NOW and start reading:
Text: Essentials of International Relations," Mingst, et al., (7th OR 6th OR 5th eds.), WW Norton Publisher (or any recent edition). You may purchase the new text from the LACC bookstore - get the 5th or 6th ed for much cheaper online!!!.
No Late Work will be accepted in this class. All late work will earn 0 points. No exceptions. You CANNOT TEXT Work! You CANNOT email work! All work is posted on Canvas.
Not everyone succeeds in online classes. But those who stick with it often earn an A!
GET ON Canvas NOW!
How to get on Canvas: https://ilearn.laccd.edu/login/canvas
The BEST way is to text me at
(323) 920 5308 - TEXT ONLY Please.
*Text Only:(Google voice, PLEASE DO NOT leave a message, I will NOT pick up nor listen to voice messages on this number. (Don't know how, sorry, not gonna learn.)
On Campus Office Hours:
FH 219 - LACC ext. 2562
Mon. & Wed.: 12:45 - 2:15pm
*Virtual Office Hours: T & Th 1-3pm
During Virtual office hours, I will return your text as soon as I can, instantly if possible. The rest of the time I will get back to you within 24 hours (not Friday - Sunday).
Stop by and visit sometime
You need to educate yourself on the background needed for this class.
Here is a link about how to construct an argument.
You can do work early but you cannot do it late!!!!!
*Each week you read the "Lecture" , view the video (if any) and read the links as well in PAGES on Canvas. Each Lecture should take at least an hour to read/view.
PART ONE : Introduction and Terms
- 1 - (8/28 - 9/3) No Reading -
By the end of Week 1, Complete all the steps on the "Week 1 checklist" (including posting your "Student Statement" (with name and section number) on Canvas.
- 2 - (9/4 - 9/10) Ch. 1 - Introduction to International Relations in the 21st Century. Theories of IR. .
- First Class Discussion: week 1 - YOUR POST DUE.
By end of Week 2 : Course Project Declaration Due.
- 3 - (9/11 - 9/17) Ch. 2 - Before and After the Cold War.
- First Class Discussion: week 2 - YOUR Responses DUE.
- 4 - (9/18 - 9/24) Ch. 3 - Realism verses the rest.
- 2nd Class Discussion: week 1 - YOUR POST DUE.
- 5 - (9/25 - 10/1) - Essay Exam #1 Due by the end of Week 5. .
- 2nd Class Discussion: week 2 - YOUR Responses DUE.
PART TWO : Levels of Analysis:
- 6 - (10/2 - 10/8) Chs. 4 - 21st Century Global, the international arena -
- 3rd Class Discussion: week 1 - YOUR POST DUE.
- 7 - (10/9 - 10/15) Ch. 5 - "The State acts in its own best interest" -.
Course Project "Working References" Due
- 3rd Class Discussion: week 2 - YOUR Responses DUE.
- 8 - (10/16 - 10/22) - Ch. 6 - Does the individual matter in IR? -
- 4th Class Discussion: week 1 - YOUR POST DUE.
- 9 (10/23 - 10/29) Essay Exam #2 Due by the end of Week 9. .
- 4th Class Discussion: week 2 - YOUR Responses DUE.
PART THREE : IGOs, NGOs, Law and War.
- 10 - (10/30 - 11/5) - Ch. 7 - IGOs, NGOs, and International Law.
Course Project "Thesis" Due by the end of Week10.
- 5th Class Discussion: week 1 - YOUR POST DUE.
- 11 - (11/6 - 11/12) - Ch. 8 - What is War? What is Peace? What is Human?
- 5th Class Discussion: week 2 - YOUR Responses DUE.
- 12 - (11/13 - 11/19) Essay Exam #3 Due on by the end of Week 12.
- 6th Class Discussion: week 1 - YOUR POST DUE.
PART THREE : Global Political Economy
- 13 - (11/20 - 11/26) - Ch. 9 - "IPE and MNCs" "In Your Own Word" Quiz 4 (Ch 7 - 9) DUE
- 6th Class Discussion: week 2 - YOUR Responses DUE.
- 14 - (11/27 - 12/3) - Ch 10 - Human Rights
Course Project Due
- 7th Class Discussion: week 1 - YOUR POST DUE.
- 15 - (12/4 - 12/10 - Ch. 11 - Transnational, Regional, or Global? "In Your Own Word" Quiz 5 (Ch 10 - 11) DUE
- 7th Class Discussion: week 2 - YOUR Responses DUE.
FINAL EXAM: (due 12/17/17) You will Post your answers on Canvas
Grading, Quizzes & Assignments Explained:
No Late work will be accepted.
No Late work will be graded. You will earn 0 points for all late work.
Once You Post Something on Canvas often, you CANNOT Change It.
So Be Smart! Proof Read BEFORE Posting on eTudes.
Grading by points:
This class is transferable to UC and CSU system and is a college level class. We have no time for your drama, games, disruptions, nor for that matter, anything that distracts from the class. You are expected be an adult.
Please do not involve me (nor the class) in the drama that is your life!
NO EXCUSES! Here is a list of real excuses sent to me from my online students. SPARE ME YOUR LAME EXCUSES!
For my grading rubric on the Course Project, and the rest of the assignments, click here .
I will not grant an incomplete - so please do not ask!
Late work will NOT BE ACCEPTED
Late work will not be graded & earns 0 points.
Why not check out the Pre-test/Post test - It is just for you, no grade, but you will see how much you will learn. Try it, its fun - click here.
By the end Week 1: DO ALL THE STUFF ON THE CHECKLIST First ...
Do everything on the Student Statement then post the "Student Statement," with your full name and section number in the correct place on Canvas.
...If you cannot do all you need to do by Week 1, than maybe you should drop the class...
The Student Statement is at the bottom of this web page. Read this entire web page and then post the student statement as directed..
"In Your Own Words" Class Discussion Quizzes:
The Class Discussions are also Quizzes... the questions are conversational topics that if you can write a solid three paragraph essay on, it is a clear indication that you understand the material. The two responses that you must prove that you have read other people's work as you and politely comment upon it.
You earn points by responding to the prompt correctly using vocabularly from the text and Lectures. DO NOT quote, cite or in anyway reference someone else in your initital post. You make the vocabulary into "your own words."
All you do, really, is what you would do in class. Say what you think and why you think it. In THREE (3) College-level paragraphs (about 500 words - or two standard pages, typed & double spaced). Give your opinion and the reasons for it. When commenting on others' thoughts, don't just say "I agree," say why you agree. Responses should be at least 100 words...
Contribute to the discussions, positively, politely.
The class discussions are graded as follows: up to 10 points for the posting, up to 5 points for each response. You can earn up to the MAX points by simply following the directions on the syllabus and Canvas. Do more than the minimum - earn more - Do less than the minimum and earn far less...
The 4 Essay Exams (the last one is the FINAL EXAM)
The potential questions for each will be posted on the eTudes Announcements at least three weeks before they are due. We will not use title page nor abstract, but you will use APA citations and an APA references for each essay exam. The body of your paper should be 2000 words (MINIMUM) with at least 8 - 12 scholarly sources and citations at a minimum).
Your sources must be college level, authentic, reliable sources of information, not Blogs, not Wikipedia (childish), but sources that are academic and acceptable at the college level.
Again, you will have to do research outside the textbook and lectures for each Essay Exam. That is the whole point, learn and use APA, get to be a better writer. (Didn't I just say that?)
The Final CANNOT be taken early. It will be open for Final's week. No work will be accepted after the final closes. The Final CANNOT be taken late...
Related Course and LACC info:
Students are responsible to live up to, and adhere to, all rules and regulations listed in the Student Handbook, the College Catalog, the College Schedule of Classes, and the various regulations, requirements and rules of the College and the District.
Students with disabilities or who need any assistance or reasonable accommodation should contact the instructor. Such students are encouraged to contact the Office of Disabled Student Services
Note Well: Plagiarism is the serious ethical and legal violation of presenting other people's words or ideas as your own. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating can result in a failing grade for the paper, a failing grade for the course, and a formal report to the dean of students. See the student conduct code in the Catalog and Schedule of Classes.
Students are encouraged to form and work in study groups. However each student must do her or his own work. Students who copy, cheat, plagiarize or in other fashion violate the spirit or letter (or both) of the rules of the College or the District (or both) may be excluded from this class, at a minimum.
Please do not ask for an incomplete. I will not grant it.
Any questions - please email me: email@example.com
Online classes are not for everyone!
Not everyone succeeds in online classes.
Ask your self - do you have SELF Discipline? Can you motivate YOURSELF to finish tasks? Do you work well alone at the computer ? Can you read and write at the college level? If so, I bet you will love this course and do well in it (if you read the book and web pages and do the assignments ON TIME, of course).
If not, maybe you should DROP THIS CLASS NOW!
Take the student self assessment - click here - print it out and take it seriously. Do not share your answers with me. Put them to work in your life!!!!! Do this each semester and see how you have grown!
Here's a few things to remember:
No Late Work will be accepted in this class. All late work will earn 0 points. No exceptions. You CANNOT TEXT Work! You CANNOT drop work in my mail box. It must be posted on eTudes before it closes!
All work is posted on eTudes in assignments or exams and quizzes are taken on publisher's web site.
1. This class is VERY FAST - DO NOT FALL BEHIND - All work received LATE will NOT be graded. You will earn 0 points.
2. This is not an "instant class." It takes me a few days or a week to get through to all the grading and emails.
3. You are expected to do the reading (from the text) and then click on the appropriate lecture in PAGES on Canvas and spend the appropriate amount of time on each. You can read ahead a little, but don't fall behind!
4. This is the same class as any on campus class - it is not "easier" or "less work." Most students tell me it ends up being more work and even harder than an on campus class because you have to have self motivation and self discipline and the ability to work mostly alone.
5. All work for the course is due no later than midnight (11:59 pm) Sunday 12/17/2017. All work received after that will not be graded.
7. Always include your Full Name & section number in all emails and your name on all texts (ur name on all txts).
LACC Addendum Mandatory Information
Course: POL SCI 007
Grading Scale or Criteria
Drop Date and Repeats:For classes from 8/28/17 to 12/17/17, the deadline to drop without a “W” on your transcript is September 10, 2017.
Effective July 1, 2012 students are allowed three (3) attempts to pass a single class within the Los Angeles Community
College District. If a student gets a “W” or grade of “D”, “F”, or “NP” in a class, that counts as an attempt. If you think
you will not be able to complete this course with a C or better, drop by November 19, 2017. If the class begins or ends
on a different date, please refer to http://www.lacitycollege.edu/services/admissions/dates.html
Students who are registered and miss the first class meeting may lose their right to a place in the class. Whenever
If you need help paying for books and other college expenses, call the Financial Aid Office at (323) 953-4000 ext.2010,
Students with a verified disability who may need authorized accommodation(s) for this class are encouraged to notify
Student Code of Conduct:
Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following actions: cheating on an exam, plagiarism,
I put a great deal of time and effort into my web pages. I think they answer all your questions about how the class works....
IF YOU READ THEM! ----- SO READ ALL THE LINKS!
When you read each week's lecture pages, you will find many links. When they appear in italics (like this type). That's a link to an OUTSIDE web page that I think you may find of interest or it may help further elaborate upon or enhance your understanding of a concept or word. If it says: "click here" or "click here to see..." that is a link to my own web pages. They generally have my "Political Science, POWER & You" logo on them as well. You should READ ALL MY WEB SITES. The links to outside sources are for your enrichment and are optional. Also, some links are to many of the activities we do in class, most are group activities. You don't have to do any of the activities (some of them really can't be done by yourself, but you can pretend you are in a group, I guess).
Many students drop the class, but those who stick it out often discover how easy and fun online classes are - just do the work each week - don't fall behind - it's hard to catch up.
It's never too early to start thinking about Your Course Project. It is as Fun as you want to make it. The MORE YOU PUT INTO IT - THE MORE FUN IT WILL BE!
Students with disabilities or who need any assistance or reasonable accommodation should contact the instructor. Such students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Services. You need to be your own advocate.
Students are encouraged to form and work in study groups. However, each student must do her or his own work. Students who copy, cheat, plagiarize or in other fashion violate the spirit or letter (or both) of the rules of the College or the District (or both) may be excluded from this class, at a minimum.
I will not grant an incomplete - so please do not ask!
Remember: eTudes, email and the internet are NOT PERFECT (me neither, you?). If you think I have made an error or an omission, email me ASAP!
Prof. Joe Meyer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please always put your section number and name on all emails and texts!
"Be Grown or Be Gone!"
If all this is too much, please drop the course NOW!
1. Register for the class. Buy the Text book. Buy it used, its cheaper. If you buy it at the LACC bookstore it comes with the California Government Text included. If you buy the text used, also buy any current California Government text.
2. Go to the Class Home Page/Syllabus and READ IT. Begin doing all the things for the week one checklist. The class schedule will NOT change for you. You must adapt to it.
3. This is be a large class so please be courteous and remember that most classes will be video-documented to be used for Prof. Meyer's online classes, pod casts etc.
4. Get on eTudes (directions are on the Class Home Page)....
5. After you have done all of the above and can honestly attest to everything in the student statement (Below) - copy it and paste it into the proper place in eTudes in the assignment section. Make sure you put your FULL NAME and Section Number) where it belongs (2 places) PLEASE DO NOT email it to me.
Student Statement for Political Science 7, ONLINE:
I, ________________________________(insert your name and section #), swear and attest to the following:
1.) That I have read the Class Home Page/Syllabus and all the links.
2.) I am able to access Canvas. I have verified my email address.
3.) I have read the student code of conduct (in the student handbook) and understand that I can work with others but I MUST DO MY OWN WORK! No one will do any of the work in the class for me. I will not cheat, or in any way, violate the letter, nor spirit, of the district and college policies. I understand that plagiarism is a serious offense which will result in receiving 0 points for the work plagiarized.
4.) I will not make any anonymous postings on Canvas. I will be courteous and appropriate in all my emails and postings and texts.
I _____________________________________(your name and section number) do so declare and affirm!"
Fill in and post this in the proper place on Canvas.
PLEASE - always include your full name and SECTION NUMBER on all emails and texts to me.