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PoliSciEng Syllabus

PoliSciEng Syllabus

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Eng-lish for Political ScienceSpring, 2012Instructor:
Steven D. Ward, MPA
Office Number:
Office Hours:
Prior to class or by appointment (preferred)
Email Address:
COURSE INFORMATION Time and Place of Class Meetings:
Section A: Mondays, 1:00 p.m. to 1:50; Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 2:50Section B: Tuesdays 3:00p.m. to 4:50; Thursdays 4:00 p.m. to 4:50
Class Website:
Description of Course Content:
This course will give students a foundational vocabularywith which to engage in a discussion of politics in the English language. The focus will beon speaking, listening, and vocabulary acquisition. Critical Thinking skills will also be em-phasized, so that students will know how to properly debate issues with people from anon-Korean background. 
Required Textbooks and Other Course Materials:
EnglishCentral uses innovative technologyfor learning English. This course will relyheavily on EnglishCentral for all homeworkand many in-class activities. As such, a pre-mium membership to the website is required for thisclass and is available for purchase (24,000 won) at the Chosun University bookstore.
English Central
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.The websitehttp://sixminutes.dlugan.com/video-critiques/will be used as source materialfor the speech critiques section of the class.The class syllabus and other relevant materials will be kept current via the websitewww.StevenDWard.meOther materials (news articles, videos, websites, etc) will be provided by the instructor asneeded.
 A valid e-mail address that you check frequently
 Access to a computer with stable Internet
Headphones with a microphone
This course will be highly interactive and use innovative technology toassist students in developing the skills necessary to discuss politics with native Englishspeakers. Students are expected to participate fully in class discussions.The course syllabus is subject to change according to best suit learner’s needs.Students should be prepared for class discussions based on what they learn in eachweek’s EnglishCentral assignments. The teacher may bring in other materials such as aspeech critique or news article as supplemental materials and to facilitate lively discussion.
: Grades will be determined objectively by your performance on quizzesand exams (33%), assignments (33%) and class participation (34%). Active class partici-pation and contributing to a positive learning environment are the best ways to ensure agood grade. For more details on your class participation grade, see the last page of thesyllabus.If you have a problem with your grade or must miss class, it is your responsibility to dis-cuss it with the professor in advance.
Percent of PointsGrade90-100A80-89B70-79C60-69DBelow 60F
Student Conduct:
Please remember that you are required to attend every class and that online participationdoes not make up for absences. All students enrolled in this class shall follow the tenets of common decency andacceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment.
Academic Integrity:
I take academic integrity very seriously. It wastes professors’ time that could be devoted tothe students that are really trying. Students can expect a zero for the assignment in ques-tion with no chance to make it up. If 
part of an assignment is plagiarized, you havecompromised your academic integrity and will receive a zero for the assignment.If academic integrity becomes an ongoing problem, the professor reserves the right to giveyou a final grade of ‘F’ on these grounds.
English for Political ScienceSpring, 2012CLASS SCHEDULE
WeekTopicsVideo TitlesDueDates1Introduction
Japanese Students Learn English fromObama's SpeechesJ. Edgar: "Even Great Men Can Be Corrupt-ed."
New Allegations of Fraud in Afghan Elec-tionCitizen Kane: "The Friend of the WorkingMan"Reagan: A Time for ChoosingObama: We Offer Choice in This Election
March183International Relations
Secretary Clinton Focuses on Women'sRights Part 1Presidents Obama and Medvedev Are off toa New STARTPrime Minister Yukio Hatoyama at the Unit-ed Nations Summit on Climate ChangeObama on the Conflict in Libya
March254Types of Government
The Real Political System in the USAVOA 60 Yearender: The End of Gadhafi'sDictatorshipThe World Reacts to Kim Jong Il's Passing
April 15Economics
China's Economy Overtakes JapanPaul Krugman on CapitalismInflation Parts 1 and 2
April 8

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