All written assignments must be submitted to Turnitin no later than the deadline specified in the course instructions.
Participation 10 percent
Review essay 20 percent
Integrated review 30 percent
Applied analytical paper40 percent
(Option of final exam in place of applied analytical paper)
Marks for participation will be assigned weekly, with feedback in weeks 3, 7, and 10.
Marks are based sets of questions for each week in three groups:
You will each pick one of three texts (Polanyi, Bobbitt, Putnam) and write a review for strategic planners, drawing on introductory material and other book reviews (including reviews of the other texts). The Meier text, as an edited collection, is not subject to review. The audience “strategic planners” implies that they are concerned primarily with policy to achieve the aim of national security. Your review will therefore have to focus on your deductions from the key ideas in the texts that are relevant to policy makers pursuing national cohesion and security. For example, you might draw from Putnam the importance of common sources of information to build community cohesion, and therefore deduce that a national broadcaster is a key strategic asset. Or, from Bobbitt, you might deduce that the current evolution of the market state requires leverage of corporate assets in service to the state, and thus recommend that the state mandate agents within the corporations affecting its vital interests as a condition for operating within the state. Or, from Polanyi, you might understand that the economy cannot be considered separate from society, and recommend means of tempering the effects of the market economy on national security.
The review essay should be about 1500 words, but it can be longer if you have difficulty being succinct.
The mark of 20 percent is made up as follows:
The integrated review draws on your own work, secondary sources, and the work of your classmates to situate the work of each of the three primary texts, resulting in a paper that summarizes key elements of political, economic, and social development strategies. In this paper, you may reach any normative conclusion you wish, but the bulk of the paper will address the interrelationship of political, economic, and social factors in development and change. We will discuss alternative outlines and approaches to the integrated review.
The mark of 30 percent is made up as follows:
In fall 2014, we will use the final exam format to accommodate distance and internship constraints. A format and sample questions for the final exam will be posted NLT week 10.
Take-home paper due within 8 hours of assignment, to be submitted on Turnitin during exam routine. The questions for the final exam will be posted before exam routine.
Format for final exam will include short answer and two essay questions.
The applied analytical paper is intended to draw out the analysis and evaluation of the different ideas about political, economic, and social development to which you have been exposed during the course.
It begins with choosing a case to which to apply the ideas. A case consists of three aspects: