time during the lectures, we will deal with key current political issues in the news. Come prepared to discuss key issues in the news each week. Regular attendance is required.Tutorials will be run in seminar format, featuring student presentations and more in-depthdiscussion of the material from the lectures. This is also the place to clarify your understanding of the readings, and to get help with assignments. The participationgrading will depend largely on your attendance and active participation in the tutorial(and the lecture). Students will be expected to make presentations in the tutorials asdetermined by the tutorial leader. You will therefore be expected to attend tutorials and participate actively in the discussion of the readings.
Note again: the participationgrade will depend on your regular attendance and participation in the tutorial andlecture, as well as periodic in-class assignments.
Janine Brodie & Sandra Rein. Critical Concepts: Introduction to Politics, 3
Edition. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005
Complementary course reader:
George MacLean & Brenda O’Neill. Ideas, Interestsand Issues: Readings in Introductory Politics. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006
You will be required to complete four (4) commentaries or reaction papers over thecourse of the term. These will be selected by you from among the tutorial readingsassigned from the Course Reader in the three weeks immediately preceeding the datethey are due. There will not be a term paper but the reaction papers will test your abilityto synthesize the assigned readings and articulate arguments coherently and clearly. Theyshould be not more than four (4) pages long each. Written assignments will be assessedon
demonstrated comprehension, critical analysis, strong articulation of your viewpoint and grammar
. Be sure to introduce the subject matter, providing a summaryof the key issues or arguments in the reading, followed by a critical reaction to the keyissues or arguments based on your ‘informed’ opinion and your conclusion. As part of your analysis, you will be expected to draw on the relevant theoretical conceptsintroduced in the lecture.Student will also have to write a mid-term quiz and a final exam. The quiz will cover keyconcepts discussed in the lectures and from required readings in weeks 1-6. You willhave an hour to provide answers to two short essay questions that demonstrate your understanding of the material. The final exam will be a 2-hour sit down exam coveringall the material from the term and requiring students to respond to four (4) essayquestions. The Professor will assign in-class exercizes from time to time and also gradethe exams. Your tutorial leader will mark the reaction papers and participation in thetutorial. To be successful you should try and find out what they expect from you.
Critical Commentary papers (best 3 out of 4)30%Mid term Quiz15%2