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English 7765 Spring 05

Dr. Catherine F. Smith, Instructor

smithcath@mail.ecu.edu

252-328-5513

 

Syllabus

Course Goals

  1. To prepare you to communicate clearly, accurately, concisely, credibly, and ethically as a professional or as an active citizen in public policy making
  2. To provide you with skills, strategies, and conceptual knowledge necessary for performing a variety of communication and research tasks related to public policy
  3. To help you understand the relationships among public discourse, professional or civic roles, audience and purpose, form and content, and how these relationships function in particular policy contexts and communication situations
  4. To give you practice in researching, writing, speaking, and critically reflecting as a participant in democratic public processes
  5. To improve your public communication skills.

Course Projects and Evaluation

 

Projects

Points

Semester Grade

Points

Problem definition

100

A

270-300

Public deliberation

100

B

239-269

Critical inquiry

90

C

208-238

Contribution to collective achivement

10

F

0-207

Total points possible

300

 

 

 

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Schedule

This course is designed for progressive learning. Assignments build on each other sequentially. It is important, therefore, for each and all to follow the schedule and work at the pace indicated.

Activities and readings will be updated throughout the semester--not every week, but often. Check the schedule for updates regularly by noon on Mondays, and occasionally throughout a week to make sure you are current.

Week

Activity

Readings

Deadlines

Week 1

(1/7)

Introductions

Course Overview

Assignments

 

The Public Policy Process, Scenario

Communicating in the Policy Process: Introduction, Standards, Participants

USA Today: Military presses to exempt millions of acres from environmental laws

Introductions and reading responses by 5 pm 1/12

 

Week 2

(1/10)

Problem Definition

 

Assignments

Framing the Problem: Introduction

Example 4: Military Pay

 

Brief problem description by 5 pm 1/13

Week 3

(1/17)

Problem Definition

Assignments

A general method of communicating in the policy process

Interim problem description by 5 pm 1/21

Week 4

(1/24)

Problem definition

Assignments

Knowing the Record: Introduction

 

How to Conduct Legislative Research and Write a Legislative History

 

Law Librarian Society of the District of Columbia (LLSDC) Legislative Sourcebook

 

Week 5

(1/31)

Problem

Definition

Assignments

   

Week 6

(2/7)

Problem definition

Assignments

   

Week 7

(2/14)

Problem definition

Assignments

 

Legislative history report by 5 pm 2/17

Week 8

(2/21)

Problem definition

Assignments

Knowing the Arguments: Introduction

and

How to argue

and

Tasks

Argument outline by 5 pm 2/24

Week 9

(2/28)

Writing

Assignments

 

Drafts to group and instructor by 5 pm 3/3

Feedback to writer by 5 pm 3/5

Week 10

(3/7)

Writing

Assignments

 

Problem report plus related document by 5 pm 3/10

Spring Break

(3/14)

     

Week 11

(3/21)

Public deliberation

Assignments

Providing Testimony: Introduction

and

How to testify in government public hearings

and

Tasks

 

How to ask for or propose action on behalf of a group: Introduction

and

Task #2

 

Week 12

(3/28)

Public deliberation

Assignments

   

Week 13

(4/4)

Public deliberation

Assignments

 

Writing for speaking, and (simulated) interaction products by 5 pm 4/7

Week 14

(4/11)

 

 

 

Critical inquiry

Assignments

 

Selections from D. Ritz (ed), Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy

Discussions due as assigned

 

Week 15

(4/18)

Critical inquiry

Assignments

   

Week 16

(4/25)

Self-assessment and course review

   

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Course Policies

Submitting Projects

Quick Summary

* Due dates on Schedule

* Assignment products restricted to suggested word counts or (if no suggested word count) three (3) pages of serif 11 point type, space and a half, one inch margins, document (.doc) file format

* Suggested file name: course number (65) + your initials+ project number + product name abbreviation+ .doc (for example, 65cfs1probdef.doc is how I would name my submission for Project 1, problem definition)

* Submission by method assigned (see assignments for method of submission)

All projects are due by 5 pm on the date indicated. Justified extensions will be granted only for projects 1 and 2. No extensions will be granted for project 3.

Interim reports will not be accepted late. Extensions will not be granted for interim reports.

Projects 1 and 2, without extension, will be accepted up to 24 hours late with a penalty of 5 points assessed.  All late projects, with or without an extension, must be presented to the instructor and must be accompanied by a memo indicating the reasons for the late submission and, if applicable, the student's acknowledgment of the penalty process. If this procedure is not followed, the project will not be accepted.

All projects must be submitted to complete the course.

All work must be done during Spring 05 semester. Except for unavoidable emergency, no Incompletes will be given.

No Resubmitting Projects

After they are evaluated, projects may not be resubmitted to improve an original evaluation. However, you should feel free to talk with me about your project while you are working on it. I am available to meet with you during regular office hours (online and ftf) and at other times by appointment. You can also reach me by email Monday-Friday (smithcath@mail.ecu.edu)

Attendance

Since this is an electronic course, we will NOT hold regularly scheduled classes. However, I do expect everyone to take an active role in any online discussions that evolve during the term. I also strongly encourage you to visit me during office hours to discuss projects and course material.

Access to Resources

Some links on this website access resources outside of the East Carolina University community. These resources have been selected for their educational value and their use does not imply endorsement of any products, services, or opinions found in these resources. Further, neither East Carolina University nor any faculty member assumes any responsibility for either the content or the accessibility of these resources.

Academic Honesty

In this course, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty may result, at the instructor's discretion, in an evaluation of zero (0) points for the project involved with no chance for resubmission. If you are uncertain about whether something you are doing might be considered plagiarism, ask the instructor before you complete the work in question.

East Carolina University and the Americans with Disabilities Act

East Carolina University and this course seek to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students requesting accommodations based on a covered disability must go to the Department for Disability Support Services, Brewster A-114, to verify the disability before any accommodations can occur. The telephone number is 252-328-679. At your earliest opportunity, talk with the instructor, too.

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Materials

Required purchase: Dean Ritz, ed (2003). Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy (published by Project on Corporations, Law, and Demoracy)

Optional purchase: Karen Hartman and Ernest Ackermann (2005), Searching and Researching on the Internet and World Wide Web (published by Franklin, Beedle & Associates)

Both books can be purchased at ECU's Campus Bookstore , the University Book Exchange, or online book sellers

Access other required materials through the course website http://core.ecu.edu/engl/smithcath/ppolicy_book/book.htm

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