Reading assignments: Please complete the assigned readings prior to working on the assignments for the week. Some weeks will have supplemental readings for further study that will enhance the course material.
Discussions: There will be 2-3 discussion topics each week related to that week’s content. Each discussion is set so that you must post your original thoughts before reading the posts of your classmates. Your initial response to the discussion question should be fully developed. You should make use of assigned readings and other class assignments, but the majority of your posting should be in your own words. When you do reference other sources in your discussion, you are expected to use proper APA style in-text citations and to include a full bibliography at the end of your posting. You must also respond to at least two other classmates' postings each week. These postings should be well developed and include a full explanation of your response. Make comments that add to the coversation and take it further; simply posting "I agree" or "good job" is not sufficient. Your initial discussion posts are due at 11:59 PM CT on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays depending on how many discussions there are each week. Your responses to classmates are always due by Sunday at 11:59 PM CT. No late discussions are accepted. No credit will be given for any responses to classmates that you post after the Sunday due date.
Internet Activities: Internet Activities will ask you to visit one or more websites related to that week’s theme and answer questions about the information found. You can expect to write about 2 pages for each activity. Internet Activities are worth 25 points each. Be sure to address all questions completely and fully. They should be submitted by their assigned due dates to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course. Documents should be submitted in .rtf, .doc or .docx format, and should follow APA guidelines. Complete instructions for each activity can be found in the Content area.
Papers: There will be two papers, one due in Week 2 and another due in Week 7. The first paper will be a short paper of 3-4 pages in length on a topic related to theories of international relations. It is worth 50 points. The other paper is a medium length paper of 5-7 pages in length on a current international relations issue approved by the instructor. It is worth 100 points. Each paper should be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course. Documents should be submitted in .rtf, .doc or .docx format, and should follow APA guidelines. Complete instructions for each paper can be found in the Content area.
All papers must be originally written for this course. Papers written for other courses may not be used to meet this assignment.
Exams: There will be two exams, a midterm and a final, each worth 250 points. The exams will consist of multiple-choice, short-answer and longer essay questions. The final exam is not cumulative. These exams will be taken through the Quizzes area of the course, and they must be proctored. Please see Proctor Policy below. The Midterm and Final exams are closed notes, closed book, and you may not use the web or any other materials to assist you on the exams. The use of cell phones, pagers or flash drives are also prohibited.