Requirements: Western Political Theory

Format and Requirements:

a) Lecture followed by classroom discussions

b) Close and careful reading of assigned texts

c) Presence and active participation in discussions

d) Student presentation: each student prepares a short (maximum 10 minutes) presentation of the main arguments and three questions of the assigned texts for one session. The student also distributes an outline of her presentation including the questions for all members of the class at the time of presentation.

e) Tests: students write in-classroom essays that answer questions that cover a two-week period of assigned readings. You need to write your essays in a clear and precise way, so I will be able to read and grade them.

f) A research paper: does not exceed 12 pages (double-spaced). It is on assigned topics.

g) The final exam covers the entire period of assigned readings. 


1. Class participation and presentation: 20%

2. Tests: 10% each (50% total)

3. Research Paper: 20%

4. Final Exams: 10%

General: Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor, especially if they are encountering difficulties in the course.

Academic Integrity: Enrollment constitutes acknowledgement of the rules and standards pertaining to academic integrity at Roanoke College. Students are expected to be aware of the principles in the College Academic Integrity Handbook.

Absences: Any absences from any graded exercise without prior permission from the instructor will result in a grade of “0” for the missed exercise.

Tests: No make-up tests will be given; research paper assignments (10 pages, double-spaced) will be used as substitutes for test grades missed due to approved absences.

Late Papers: Late papers will be penalized 1/3 of a letter grade for each day that they are late. Extensions will be granted only if you have made arrangements with me at least 24 hours in advance of the due date and only in exceptional circumstances.

Attendance: Each student will be allowed up to two absences (regardless of reason). The class participation grade will be reduced1/3 of a letter grade for each additional absence. After four absences the student will receive a formal warning; continued absences after such warning will cause the instructor, in conformance with College policies, to drop the student from the course with a failing grade (“DF”).

Students are expected to arrive to class on time. Chronic lateness results in the reduction of the class participation grade.

Electronic Devices: No electronic devices may be used in class and during tests.