Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2002



Course Number

DIPL 6003

Course Description

This course will include several requirements, more fully described below: (a) completing assigned readings before class and participating in class discussions; (b) preparing journal entries; ( c) making a presentation on an international environmental regime; ( c) writing a 15 page paper, and ( d) taking a final exam. Class participation and the journal entries together will be worth 15% of your grade, the presentation will be worth 10%, the paper will be worth 35%, and the final 40%. Incompletes are strongly discouraged, except for medical and other serious emergency.

a. Readings and ParticiQation. Please read the assigned readings before class and be prepared to discuss them in class. Please also be prepared to participate in the class exercise scheduled for our 6th session; please plan your schedule accordingly. Class participation is a required part of the course, and will be considered in determining your grade.

b. Journal Entries. For eight of the thirteen substantive class sessions, you will submit a 2 page typed, double-spaced journal entry on some aspect of that week's reading. Rather than a summary of the reading, the journal entry should express your critical thoughts and reactions. You should submit journal entries in class. If you will be absent, you may submit your journal entry by e-mail. Late entries will be penalized 1/2 a mark; entries not submitted by the next class will not be graded.

c. Presentation. You will make a group presentation to the class on one of the international environmental regimes we are examining. Further information on the structure of this exercise will be presented before we begin the presentations.

d. Research Paper. You will write a 15 page analytical paper on an international environmental/development problem. You will submit a brief (two paragraph) written proposal to me in class the week of 3/4. The paper will be due Monday, April 8, at 4 p.m. You may submit your paper by e-mail or by hard-copy; if you choose e-mail, you must submit a hard copy to me ASAP. Late papers will be penalized 1/2 a grade; papers late more than a week will receive an additional penalty.

e. Final Exam. There will be an in class final exam covering the entire class, including all assigned readings. You will be expected to take the final exam during the exam time specified; please plan your schedules accordingly.