COURSE DESCRIPTION

*UPDATED MARCH 12, 2020

  COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

Class Participation (10%): You are expected to attend every class unless you have an excused absence. (Please email me in advance if you will not be in attendance.) You are also expected to actively participate in class, to do the reading in advance, and to share readings, news articles, and examples that you encounter outside of class that may be relevant to discussion.

In Class Exam (30%): You will be completing an class, open book essay exam that tests your understanding of key theories, topics, and concepts and your ability to apply these principles to strategy.

*UPDATED to 30% of grade.

Annotated Bibliography (30%): For your semester-long research paper, you will be analyzing the communication and media dimensions of a major environmental issue. To inform your analysis, you will be preparing an annotated bibliography of 10­relevant scholarly and research-based sources. (Graduate students are required to complete 20 annotations.)

*UPDATED to 30% of grade.

Final Research Paper (30%): You will research and write a 5 page paper drawing on your annotated bibliography and other sources, assessing the major findings and insights from scholarship relevant to your topic, and the implications for understanding the nature of political debate and for informing the work of political professionals, advocates, and/or journalists. (Graduate students are expected to complete a 7 page paper).

DUE DATES

  • Annotated Bibliography — Friday Feb. 21
  • Class Exam — Tues. Feb. 25
  • Final Research Paper — Friday March 27

March 13 — NO CLASS

March 17 & 20 — Discuss Feedback Bibliography / Final Paper

March 24 & 27 — Discuss Feedback Bibliography / Final Paper

March 27 — FINAL PAPER DUE