Capstone Course In Politics
POL 499 EW
Initial Mandatory Meeting:
Tuesday (1/13), Aspen Room, Carroll Hall, 3:10-4:25
Professor: Jim L. Riley, Ph.D.
Monday & Wednesday: 11:00- - 2:00
Tuesday &Thursday: 1:00 -4:00
Friday: By Appointment
Office Phone: 303/458-4974
web page -- http://academic.regis.edu/jriley
The first sentence in the Regis Mission Statement reads: "Regis University educates men and women of all ages to take leadership roles and to make a positive impact in a changing society." Understanding the nature of politics in its broadest sense is crucial to this goal. This course seeks to expand the political knowledge of students such that each of them is better able to become capable and responsible leaders in our society that is so deeply penetrated by things political.
1. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This upper division seminar provides majors in Politics the opportunity to work closely with the professor in an examination of selected topics. This work will culminate in the production of a major research paper equivalent to a senior thesis. Utilization of professional literature, both printed and electronic, will be required during the research process.
2. COURSE THEME: Everyone in this class will complete a major research project focusing on the topic of political leadership. Under this unifying theme students will select a primary perspective from which to explore the subject. The various approaches selected will ultimately enable everyone in the class to better understand various dimensions, implications and perspectives on the subject under consideration. Approaches may include but are not limited to: theoretical; psychological; constitutional/legal; historical; international; national; local; institutional, bureaucratic.
3. PROCEDURE: Each student will work closely with Dr. Riley in the completion of this project. Students are strongly encouraged to communicate and collaborate with one another during the semester in an effort to share information regarding progress, problems, valuable sources of information, ideas and any other matters pertaining to their efforts that are deemed appropriate. However, each student must complete his/her own individual research project.
4. WRITING CENTER: The Regis Writing Center is a free resource for all Regis College undergraduates. At the Writing Center, a trained undergraduate writing consultant will work individually with you on anything you're writing (in or out of class), at any point in your writing process, from brainstorming to organizing to polishing. You will get immediate and personal feedback about your writing as well as answers to your questions. Appointments are recommended. Drop by the Writing Center in Loyola 1 or call (303) 458-4039.
5. RESERVE MATERIAL: On reserve in the Dayton Memorial Library is various material that may be of help to you in your research and writing.
6. CONCEPTS & LEADERSHIP: Leadership is a relationship process in which followers are influenced by someone acting in a leadership role, so that the followers genuinely want to accomplish a shared goal, vision, or mission. Leadership is not synonymous with management; it has more of an emotive quality and is less quantitative. Leadership occurs in families, communities, civic clubs, organizations, states, and nations. Leadership is a function of the persons involved, situation, leader practices, and follower behaviors. Leading involves achieving change through shaping vision, values, and culture; and establishing trust.
Possible Areas of Exploration (these are intended to be suggestive only - definitely not inclusive)
7. CLASS SCHEDULE:
9. ON-LINE PUBLICATION OF PAPER
For those papers which are deemed to be of the highest quality, I will, with the permission of the writer, publish the paper on my web site and other locations deemed appropriate. This may serve as significant recognition for the writer.
10. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: It is expected that students will act honorably in all activities related to this course and will refrain from any form of academic and professional dishonesty or deception in the classroom, clinical, and other learning settings. These behaviors include cheating, plagiarism, falsification of data, falsification of records, and aiding and/or abetting dishonesty.
11. ACCOMMOCATION OF DISABILITIES: For information regarding Regis disability services policies, visit the web site of the Office of Disability Services.