This blog serves the honors section of our introductory course on American politics(Claremont McKenna College Government 20) for the fall of 2014.
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During the semester, I shall post course material and students will comment on it. Students are also free to comment on any aspect of American politics, either current or historical. There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges. This blog is on the open Internet, so post nothing that you would not want a potential employer to see.
I have divided the class into four work groups of four or five students each. Every group will assign each of its research questions to one of its members. Within each group, every student will ask another to review her or his paper. The reviewer’s name should appear on the paper, along with that of the author.
Essays should be double‑spaced and no more than six pages long. (Use twelve-point type.) I will not read past the sixth page.
Use secondary sources to establish context. Use primary sources for the bulk of your research. Seek information in scholarly journals and government publications. Wherever possible, rely on hard data such as election returns and polling results. Do not just rely on news media accounts, which may be inaccurate.
Cite your sources, using proper format, such as Turabian.
Watch your spelling, grammar, diction, and punctuation. Errors will count against you.
Submit essays to the Sakai dropbox by 5 PM on Friday, 14 November. (Yes, you have two extra days.) Papers will drop a gradepoint for one day’s lateness, a letter grade after that. I will grant no extensions except for illness or emergency.
Blanchard-Reed, Chong, Covarrubias, Dobie
When a reporter asked about the federal response to Ebola, the White House press secretary said: "you can sort of take this up with James Madison, right?" What did he mean? Does federalism help or hurt the response to disease and other emergencies?
Hi guys, I'm putting on an election viewing party on November 4 from 4:00 to 10:30ish, depending on how many races are called decisively, in Marks basement (Still being finalized - if you have a better place, let me know). Feel free to invite friends from outside of class. There's also a Facebook event for the party, though I'm not "friends" with about half of you.