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Seminar: Religion in World Politics
Summer 2011 (10-week Online)
Instructor: Dan Karppi, Ph.D.
Office: As an adjunct I do not have a TAMU office.
Phone: 254-285-7701 (cell)
As an adjunct I do not hold office hours. However, I will make every effort to be available to students before and after class as needed.
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1.0 Course Description and Overview
1.1 Course Description
The TAMUCT Catalog states: “Contents vary according to the needs and desires of students. Independent reading, research, discussion, and writing under personal direction of instructor. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies” (TAMU-CT Catalog, page 201)
1.2 Course Overview
The primary focus of this course is on the role played by religion in world affairs. Attention will focus on the place of religion in current international relations theory; the problem of defining and codifying religious liberty in international law; the extent of religious liberty around the world and its impact on American national security; and the role played by various religious traditions in defining just wars.
2.0 Course Objectives
In general terms, the main objective of this course is for students to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the complexities of religion’s role in world politics. More specifically, students will learn that American policy makers must navigate a world in which views about religion’s role in politics and society vary from country to country. Furthermore, students will learn how America’s commitment to religious liberty impacts its foreign policy.
2.1 Student Learning Outcomes
The following suggest the essence of the course. Upon completion the student should be able to:
3.0 Required Reading and Text
Drinan, Robert F. 2005. Can God and Caesar Coexist?: Balancing Religious Freedom and
International Law. New Haven: Yale University Press. [ISBN: 9780300111156]
Farr, Thomas F. 2008. World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is
Vital to American National Security. New York: Oxford University Press.
Huntington, Samuel P., ed. 1996. The Clash of Civilizations?: The Debate. New York:
Foreign Affairs. [ISBN: 0876091648]
Micklethwait, John, and Adrian Wooldridge. 2009. God Is Back: How the Global Revival of
Faith is Changing the World. New York: The Penguin Press. 
Petito, Fabio, and Pavlos Hatzopoulos, eds. 2003. Religion in International Relations: The
Return from Exile. Palgrave MacMillan. [ISBN: 9781403962072]
Popovski, Vesselin, Gregory M. Reichberg, and Nicholas Turner, eds. 2009. World Religions
and Norms of War. Tokyo: United Nations University Press. [ISBN: 9789280811636]
NOTE: See section 4.0 below for specific reading assignments. Each course requirement will involve a reading assignment of some sort.
4.0 Course Requirements
4.1 Research Paper (300 points)
In order to successfully complete this assignment, the student must:
1. Select a topic related to religion in world politics and research it in detail.
2. All topics MUST be approved by the instructor BEFORE writing the paper.
3. The paper must include the following elements:
4. The paper must comply with the following format guidelines:
5. The paper must be properly documented according to the APSA’s Style Manual for Political Science. This style actually adopts the Chicago Manual of Style (commonly referred to as “Chicago style”) of documenting research. Students must follow the parenthetical citations/reference list form. There are several places where you can find information about this style.
Political Science. Washington, D. C.: American Political Science Association. Committee on Publications. [Note: This publication can be viewed online at www.apsanet.org.]
6. The paper is due on August 4, 2011. Late papers will lose 31 points. Therefore, the highest score a late paper can receive is 269 or “B”. After August 11, 2011, late papers will be accepted at the instructor’s discretion. That is to say, after that date, papers may or may not be accepted.
7. Students who fail to meet the above format guidelines will lose points.
8. The instructor will also evaluate papers based on the student’s competency related to spelling, grammar, and writing skills.
9. Submitting the Paper: Papers must be submitted through the Turnitin link on the “Course Content” page. Do not try to submit your paper directly to Turnitin.com. This will NOT work. Do not email it to me. It MUST be submitted through the Turnitin link. To be counted as on time, the paper must be submitted through the Turnitin link by the due date.
10. Grading and Feedback: Students may turn this assignment in early; however, the instructor will not begin grading this assignment until after the due date. The reason is that the instructor intends to read and grade all the papers at one time. This ensures consistency in assigning grades. Once the grading is complete, the instructor will post grades on Blackboard
10. NOTE: Students who have had any of my classes before are NOT allowed to write about a topic that they may have written about in previous courses with me. In other words, students are not allowed to recycle old term papers.
11. Grades on the paper will be based on:
4.2 Book Reviews (3 @ 100 points each)
In order to successfully complete this assignment, the student must:
Warning: This is not a collaborative activity. Though students will be reviewing the same books, they should refrain from working together on their written reviews. Turnitin will notify the professor of any papers that are the same as or similar to one another. In cases where Turnitin indicates that two students have turned in the same review or reviews that have a high degree of similarity as to indicate collaboration, said students will be subject to sanctions. To avoid this, simply do your own work in your own words.
Warning: If you quote or paraphrase from the book, make sure to include the appropriate parenthetical page reference.
4.3 Blackboard Discussions
In order to facilitate class participation and critical thinking, students will be required to participate in Blackboard discussions. The topics will relate to the assigned readings. Each discussion is broken down into a Part A and a Part B. In Part A, students will submit their own ideas and responses to the questions posted by the instructor. In Part B, students will read through all of their classmates’ responses and analyze them per the instructor’s directions. A separate discussion board thread is provided by the instructor on Blackboard for each part. Late posts will lose four (4) points. Posts over five (5) days late will not be accepted. In this case a zero will be assigned.
Part A: (3 @ 30 points each)
Part B: (3 @ 30 points each)
4.4 Final Exam (220 points)
The final exam will consist of two (2) essay questions. It will be made available on Blackboard on August 6, 2011. It must be submitted no later than August 11, 2011. As with all assignments in this class, late exams will lose points. Specifically, all late exams (including those accepted late due to an incomplete grade being assigned) will lose 23 points. Therefore, the highest score a late exam can earn is 197 or “B”. Except in cases where the instructor has authorized an incomplete grade in accordance with University policy, no late exams will be accepted after August 14, 2011.
Submitting the exam: The exam must be submitted through the Turnitin link on the Course Content page. Do not try to submit your exam directly to Turnitin.com. This will NOT work. Do not email it to me. It MUST be submitted through the Turnitin link. To be counted as on time, the exam must be submitted through the Turnitin link by the due date.
For more guidance on how to prepare for the final exam, click on the “How to Succeed in this Class” folder found on the Course Content page. Select the file related to the exam.
5.0 Grading Criteria
5.1 Graded assignments
5.2 Final grade calculation
5.4 Incomplete grades
6.0 Reading and Exam Schedule
7.0 Summary of Important Due Dates
8.0 Classroom Decorum
8.1 Class Discussion
Students are reminded to observe proper decorum when engaging in classroom discussion. Foul language and hostile debate are not constructive to the learning process and will not be tolerated.
9.0 Drop Policy
If you discover that you need to drop this class, you must go to the Records Office and ask for the necessary paperwork. Professors cannot drop students; this is always the responsibility of the student. The record’s office will provide a deadline by which the form must be returned, completed, and signed. Once you return the signed form to the records office and wait 24 hours, you must go into Duck Trax and confirm that you are no longer enrolled. If you are still enrolled, FOLLOW-UP with the records office immediately. You are to attend class until the procedure is complete to avoid penalty for absence. Should you miss the deadline or fail to follow the procedure, you will receive an F in the course. For complete details about the University’s drop policy and procedure, consult page 66 of the TSU Catalog.
10.0 Academic Honesty
Texas A & M University—Central Texas expects all students to maintain high standards of personal and scholarly conduct. It is the scholarly responsibility of the student to understand what plagiarism means. Students guilty of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials. The faculty member is responsible for initiating action for each case of academic dishonesty
11.0 Disability Support Services
It is the policy of Texas A & M University—Central Texas to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you have or believe you have a disability, you may wish to self-identify. You can do so by providing documentation to the Academic Support Programs Coordinator. Students are encouraged to seek information about accommodations to help assure success in this class. Please contact Ryan Thompson at (254) 519-5796 or visit the Main Building (on Clear Creek Drive), Room 114. Additional information can be found at http://TAMUCT.org/StudentAffairs.
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13.0 Library Services
INFORMATION LITERACY focuses on research skills which prepare individuals to live and work in an information-centered society. Librarians will work with students in the development of critical reasoning, ethical use of information, and the appropriate use of secondary research techniques. Help may include, yet is not limited to: exploration of information resources such as library collections and services, identification of subject databases and scholarly journals, and execution of effective research strategies. Library Resources are outlined and accessed at: http://www.tarleton.edu/centraltexas/departments/library/
Texas A & M University—Central Texas shares library space and materials with the Oveta Culp Hobby Library at Central Texas College in Killeen (Bldg. 102).
14.0 Teaching Philosophy
Learning is something that one does actively. It is not something that one does passively. My goal is to facilitate the activity of learning. To do this, my classes emphasize two things. The first is lecture. This is where students are presented with the essentials of the course material. Class discussion is an important part of the lecture process, as it gives students a chance to apply what they have learned. It is essential that students maintain good attendance. The second is the work done by students outside of class. This includes reading all the assigned chapters completely. It also includes working on the exam review sheets provided by the instructor. In short, students are responsible for their own learning.
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