Prof. J. Joseph Jordan
In this course, from a Catholic perspective, students will be introduced to the fundamental ideas, institutions and practical issues of politics.
Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below. Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).
A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below
Grading Rubric for the Summary of Presentation CONTENT
Absence of Understanding
Shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic
Demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them
Demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them
Demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides
Demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts
Summary shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.
Inadequate research and/or documentation
Over-reliance on few sources; poor quality of chosen sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.
Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement
Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources; too many citation errors.
Solid research and documentation
A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors.
Excellent critical research and documentation
Critically selected and relevant scholarly sources demonstrating extensive, in-depth research; sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations follow standard bibliographic format.
WRITING & EXPRESSION
Summary is only partially written or fails to address the topic
Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed
Summary touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage
Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill
Summary is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment; satisfactory
organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors
Solid writing with something interesting to say
Summary is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples; level- appropriate syntax and diction; mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error
command-level writing, making a clear impression
Summary is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development ; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage
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Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.
In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.
Students, where applicable:
Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.
An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.
To request an incomplete, students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding
to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.
Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.
Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.
A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.
11. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
A proud Catholic, husband, father, and educator, Prof. Jordan resides on Long Island, NY. He is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in politics at the Catholic University of America, where he holds an M.A., in addition to also holding an M.A. and a B.A. from St. John’s University. A onetime fellow at the Ronald H. Brown Foundation’s Center for Politics and Commercial Diplomacy, Prof. Jordan has performed economic and trade analysis at the United States Department of Commerce for the promotion of trade in Africa, and he has participated in inter-agency meetings including the National Security Council and the World Bank Group. In addition to having worked in local and federal government for more than eight years, Prof. Jordan has over ten years of teaching experience.