PLSC 330 Urban Politics Syllabus, Fall 2015 Professor: Adrian J. Lottie, Ph.D. 601 R Pray-Harrold Office: Political Science Department or Urban Politics - 14169 - PLSC 330 - 0 Telephone: 734-487-3113 Class: PLSC 330 Classroom: 420 P-H Class Time: TR 11:00am-12:15pm CRN: 14169 Office Hours: TR 9:00-9:30a, 12:15-2:00p, 4:45-5p and by appointment e-mail: email@example.com Please put 330 on the subject line. e-mails: Communications for assignment related communications, examinations or classroom discussions are preferred. Course Description This course introduces students to the political, social, and economic forces affecting modern urban America. It is an examination of the urban political environment in the United States; structure, processes, power relationships, ethnic considerations, fiscal constraints, and select, specific policy areas are considered. In particular the policy areas of focus will include: the history of diversity in urban America, economic development strategies, real estate development strategies, how some groups have been able to enrich themselves, and how some government policies help to enrich those who have access and information. It also considers how our changing world affects modern urban America, including the influences of technological change and economic globalization. Text: Available Online and sometimes at area bookstores. Judd, Dennis R. and Todd Swanstrom. 2012. City Politics, 8th ed. New York: Longman. Other Materials: Provided by the professor which may include research papers, citations, quotes from books, and internet sites. ISBN-13:978-0-205-03246-4 ISBN-10: 0-205-03246-X It is strongly suggested that you stay abreast of major contemporary urban issues by accessing major national and local media. Requirements and Course Policies 1. Three examinations equally weighted: essay and objective items. Take-home, they must be typed and submitted via e-mail. Exams are usually assigned giving students approximately one week for completion. Examinations will constitute 90 percent of your grade. Exams not submitted by the due date receive a zero. Therefore, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU SAVE COPIES OF THE ORIGINAL E-MAIL WHERE YOU SENT THE EXAM TO PROVE THE TIME AND DATE THAT THE E-MAIL WAS SENT. 2. Make-up examinations in general are not allowed due to the liberal amount of time granted for completion. Late exams will be graded zero unless approved by the professor (see below).* 3. Regular and meaningful participation in the discussions and regular attendance. Grading of discussions will be based upon the level and quality of participation. 10 percent of your grade will depend upon discussion participation. Civility and academic honesty are required. Engaging in uncivil or dishonest behavior may result in disciplinary action against the offending student. Academic dishonesty, including all forms of cheating, falsification, and/or plagiarism, will not be tolerated in this course. Penalties for an act of academic dishonesty may range from receiving a failing grade for a particular assignment to receiving a failing grade for the entire course. In addition, you may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for discipline that can result in either a suspension or permanent dismissal. The Student Conduct Code details definitions of what constitutes academic dishonesty, but if you are not sure about whether something you are doing would be considered academic dishonesty, consult with the course instructor. You may access the relevant section of the Code at http://www.emich.edu/studentconduct/academic_integrity.html. 6. Letter of Recommendation Policy: Letters of recommendation will only be provided for the top two to three students in the class unless the student is an outstanding performer in some other arena, with which the professor is familiar(including the student's ability/performance), and relevant to the intended recipient’s objectives. Grading Scale as an aid to estimating your progress in the course: 90-100=A 88-89= A- 86-87= B+ 80-85= B 78-79= B76-77= C+ 70-75= C 68-69= C65-67= D+ 62-64= D 60-61= D0-59 = F Final Grade Determination 3 Examinations Equally weighted Participation in discussions and attendance is considered. Direction of grades is considered. Improvement over the semester may also be considered when evaluating a student's final grade. *No late exams: late exams are graded zero unless approved by the professor based upon acceptable written documentation of some unavoidable reason for submitting a late examination. In general, permission for late exams will not be granted and such permission is at the discretion of the professor. Tentative Reading, Discussion, Assignment and Examination Schedule. All assignments refer to J& S unless otherwise specified. Section I: The Origins of American Urban Politics: The First Century Week 1 Ch 1 Week 2 Ch 2 Week 3 Ch 3 Week 4 Ch 4 Week 5 Ch 5 Exam 1 Section II: The Urban Crisis of the Twentieth Century Week 6 Week 7 Ch 6 Ch 7 Week 8 Week 9 Ch 8 Read Ch 9, Exam II Section III: The Fractured Metropolis Week10 Ch 10 Week11 Ch 11 Week12 Ch 12 Thanksgiving recess Week 13 Ch 13, Week 14 Ch 14, Week 15 Ch 15 Final Exam Due December 17, 2015 11:00am via e-mail attachment saved in Rich Text Format. .