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Political Science
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Todd Alway

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McMaster University Winter 2012
Political Science 1G06-E
Politics and Government
Term II
Lectures: Thursdays, 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m.
Room: CNH 104
Instructor: Todd Alway Office: KTH 538
Telephone: 525-9140 x23886 Office Hours: Thursdays 12-2 p.m.
E-Mail: Or by appointment
In this semester we will continue to explore the theories, institutions, and history of
politics and government. We will be focusing on two particular areas in this term: First,
we will examine the institutional, legal, and social foundations of the Canadian state. In
the second part of the semester we will examine the international environment, an arena
with its own particular political dynamics.
In order to fully comprehend the lectures, the relevant weekly readings must be
completed prior to each class.
Please note that many of the concepts covered in lecture will not be covered in the
required readings and vice versa. It is imperative that lectures are attended and that
readings are completed.
By the end of the course, students will have developed a theoretically and historically
informed understanding of the topics covered. Students should be able to discuss
contemporary political issues in light of a broader appreciation of the social, political, and
historical forces at play.
Participation – 25%
Your tutorials this semester will follow a similar format as last semester: Tutorials will
alternate between skill development and problem scenarios.
There is, however, one additional requirement this semester: you will be presenting your
research paper to your tutorial in February or March. This presentation will provide you
with the opportunity to have your hard work appreciated by more than just one person
(i.e. your TA). It also provides an opportunity to receive valuable feedback - feedback
that can be incorporated into the final hard copy of your paper.
For your presentation to be a success a first draft of your paper should be written by the
beginning of February (even though the final due date for the paper is not until March
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The research paper presentation will be incorporated into your participation mark: it will
be worth 5 out of the 25 total marks for participation this semester.
Written Work:
Written work for this semester will consist of one research paper and one final exam.
Research Paper – 40%
Each student will prepare and submit a 10 page argumentative essay. This essay should
be based upon your research proposal from last semester.
Please note that you are required to develop an academic argument for this assignment.
This is not intended to be an exercise in opinion formation but of social science. This
means developing a thesis and finding suitable evidence to support that thesis. It also
means considering alternative explanations for the issue in question, and then countering
those alternatives. In other words, your paper must acknowledge that there are those who
might contest your thesis - and successfully defend itself against those objections. It is
advisable that you revisit last semester’s lecture on constructing an argumentative essay
for further guidance.
This paper is worth 40% of your term grade. It is due in tutorial on March 22, 2012.
Exam – 35%
There will be a final exam covering material from both the lectures and the required
readings this semester. The exam is worth 35% of your term grade.
Participation: 25%
Research Paper: 40% - Due in tutorial March 22, 2012
Final Exam: 35% - To be scheduled during the official examination period
Please note: late papers are subject to a one letter grade per day deduction. For
example, an A- paper received one day late would be reduced to a B+.
Course Readings:
The required readings for the lectures are drawn from three places.
In the first place they are drawn from last semester’s textbooks:
Dickerson, Mark, and Flanagan, Thomas, An Introduction to Government and Politics,
eighth edition, Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2010.
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