POL 499, Senior Seminar
in Political Science
Murray State University
Dr. Winfield H. Rose, Instructor
Instructor's office location: FH 5A-10
Phone numbers: (270)809-2662 (o); 753-0126 (h); 809-2688 (fax)
This syllabus is online and is
accessible via my homepage.
Office hours: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 - 2:00
p.m. TTh. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. W & other times by
Classroom location and meeting time: FH 107, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., August 15 - November 30, 2017.
Senior Seminar in
(3). Capstone course for all majors in political science and
international studies. It is a writing intensive course in which a
discipline-based research paper is refined and orally defended.
Students also develop job and graduate education search skills as well
as complete program assessment instruments. Prerequisites: senior
standing and completion of POL 360, or permission of the instructor.
Purpose and objective of the course: The
of Senior Seminar in Political Science is to refine and assess
competence in their major field just prior to
graduation. Graduation should signify the
of the "Characteristics of the Murray State University Graduate," and
# 8 is "Demonstrate mastery of their chosen field of study in
for a successful, productive life." Senior Seminar, then,
a comprehensive, capstone exit rite of passage, so to speak, from pre-
to post-graduation. To understand what we are attempting to
and what you are responsible for demonstrating, please refer to the
statement adopted by the Board of Regents some years ago and published
in all official bulletins since then. It also is available on the
here to access.
Course motto: If not now,
Course requirements (no exceptions):
(1) Attendance. Roll will be taken every day. Unexcused
absences in excess of
two will result in a failing grade. Excused absences will
according to the University's class attendance policy
published in the
(2) The submission, presentation and defense of a scholarly
research paper. More
instructions are given later in this syllabus.
(3) The preparation and submission of an up-to-date copy of
your professional resume.
See instructions here.
(4) Taking and making a minimum score of 65% on a
multiple-choice, objective comprehensive POL 499 final
examination. Your score will be ranked with those of your
(5) Taking the Educational Testing Service major
field test in political science (click
here) assessment test at
final examination time. The
will pay the fee, so there will be no cost to you. The
of this test is to tell us where you stand (and where we stand) when
to students and political science majors all over the country.
Teaching method: Though there may be
weekly schedule will be as follows. On Tuesdays you will take a
practice test on a subfield in political science and you will be expected to submit a brief progress
report on your research project and presentation. On Thursdays your
practice test from Tuesday will be returned and discussed. Your
will not be officially recorded and
not count toward your final grade but they will give you an idea of
where you stand with regard to the fundamental knowledge of the
and what you need to do to prepare for the final examination; you should regard them seriously.
Practice tests will cover the following subfields:
(1) American government and politics (general): 4
(2) political theory/philosophy: 1
(3) comparative government: 1
(4) international relations: 1
(5) public administration: 1
(6) research methods: 1
(7) public law: 1
(8) state & local government: 1
Testing Service provides on-line access to various practice tests
such examinations as the GRE and GMAT. The Law
School Admissions Council offers an LSAT question of the day and a
complete, downloadable free practice LSAT. Other publishers have
practice quizzes on line; see, for example, http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/jillson7/students.asp.
The purpose of this requirement is to affirm that you can
write, present and defend
a scholarly research paper in political science by demonstrating that
you have done
It should be of high quality and represent your very best effort.
It would be preferable
that you submit a
of a paper you have written in a previous semester (in this case,
the original or a xerox copy of the original along with your
revision) but you may submit one you are writing this semester if
necessary. If you decide to submit a revision, please allow me to
see and approve the original as soon as possible. If you use a paper you are writing this semester, let
me know what you have decided to
and also allow me to approve your topic as soon as possible. In either case, go to the
"Characteristics" statement and use
this paper to demonstrate your mastery of its eight parts as much as
can. You will
be expected to present your papers on November 30 in the
presence of departmental faculty and fellow students.
Your written version will also be due November 30.
Please note: (1) a book review is not a research paper;
research paper is not a book review; and (3) a scholarly
book is not a novel.
Your paper should be 20-25 pages
length. It should be
correctly referenced, with a bibliography of at least 15 sources, not
all of which
come from the internet (and be careful about those), and written in
with the American Political Science Association style manual which
may be accessed via the internet (click
here). You should also adhere to
"Tips on Good Writing"
as well as "Citation Guide for Internet Resources,"
"Evaluating Web Resources," and "Plagiarism" which can be downloaded
my homepage. Any paper which does not meet these minimal criteria
will not be accepted. Please remember, this paper should
your best work. It will be placed in your permanent departmental
Class policies. There
are nine complete and total prohibitions: (1) talking to one another when it is time
to begin or after it has begun; (2) the use of profane, vulgar or
inappropriate language in class; (3) the use of iPhones, Smart Phones, or
electronic devices; (4) coming to class with nothing to write on or
(5) eating in class; (6) habitual tardiness; (7) reading or studying
material or doing homework for another class; (8) leaving or preparing
before class is dismissed; and (9) talking, texting or internet surfing, cell phones which sound
in class, etc. Please turn off and put away all cell phones,
iPhones, iPads, laptops, etc. when class begins. Sie
sind verboten. Thanks.
If you wish to record any or
consult with me beforehand. One should
not record anything without the foreknowledge and consent of all those
State University takes seriously its moral and educational obligation
maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior.
are expected to evaluate students’ academic achievements
accurately, as well as
ascertain that work submitted by students is authentic and the result
own efforts, and consistent with established academic standards.
obligated to respect and abide by the basic standards of personal and
of Academic Honesty include:
Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized information such
notes, study aids, or other electronic, online, or digital devices in
academic exercise; as well as unauthorized communication of information
means to or from others during any academic exercise.
Fabrication and Falsification - Intentional alteration or invention of
information or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification involves
changing information whereas fabrication involves inventing or
Submission - The submission
of substantial portions of the same academic work,
including oral reports, for credit more than once without authorization
Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, creative
data of someone else as one’s own in any academic exercise,
without due and
should outline their expectations that may
go beyond the scope of this policy at the beginning of each course and
such expectations and restrictions in the course syllabus. When an
receives evidence, either directly or indirectly, of academic
dishonesty, he or
she should investigate the instance. The faculty member should then
appropriate disciplinary action.
action may include, but is not limited to
Requiring the student(s) to repeat the exercise or
do additional related exercise(s).
2) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) on the particular
3) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) in the course.
disciplinary action results in the awarding of
a grade of E in the course, the student(s) may not drop the course.
reserve the right to invalidate any exercise or other evaluative
substantial evidence exists that the integrity of the exercise has been
compromised. Faculty also reserve the right to document in the course
further academic honesty policy elements related to the individual
may appeal the decision of the faculty
member with the department chair in writing within five working days.
at any point in this process, the student alleges that actions have
that may be in violation of the Murray State University
Statement, this process must be suspended and the matter be directed to
Office of Equal Opportunity. Any appeal will be forwarded to the
university committee as determined by the Provost.
Students with Disabilities: The Office of Student
Services (OSDS) is designed to coordinate and administer services and
accommodations for students with documented disabilities. In doing so,
will review disability documentation, meet with students to determine
appropriate reasonable accommodations, and work with other areas on
campus to implement
services. Their goal is to provide individuals with disabilities access
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Thanksgiving break: November 22 -24
ETS Major Field Test in political science: November 28, 11:00 a.m.
Research Presentations: November 30 (in class)
POL 499 Final Exam: Monday, December 4, 10:30 a.m., FH 107