Stony Brook University, Federated Learning Communities Program
FLC 302/SOC 393: GLOBAL ECONOMICS, DEVELOPMENT & POLITICAL GOVERNANCE
Wednesday 6-9 p.m.
Location: SBS-N436 (only 1/22 and 1/29)
CELT-Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Melville Library E 1337 (starting 2/05)
Instructor: Professor Hermann Kurthen (firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 632-7717)
Office Hours: Wednesday 4-6 p.m. & by appointment at SBS-S443
TA: Nectaria Krokidis (email@example.com)
The Federated Learning Community (FLC) is a program which focuses on an issue of major societal importance and leads to
an academic minor. The program enables students to register for a cluster of courses arranged around a specific issue.
The program seminar focuses and integrates the material of the federated classes in a small community setting of about
30-40 students. Students may earn a minor in Globalization (GLS) by completing 24 credits in a sequence of their own choice,
including two program seminars FLC 301/302, plus any six of other federated courses with a grade of C or better.
The prospective topic for Fall 2003 is Global Identities, Cultures, and Institutions.
|FLC 302/SOC 394||Program Seminar (3 credits)||Hermann Kurthen||W 6-9 pm|
|BUS 110 (01)||Business in the 21st Century||Bob Ettl/Mark Palermo||M 12:30-2 pm & M 3:20-4:40 pm|
|POL 311-F||Intro International Law||Bill Burke||M 7-10 pm|
|ECO 358||Economy of India||Debapriya Sen||MWF 8:20-9:15 am|
|POL 336||U.S. Foreign Policy||Helmut Norpoth||MWF 9:25-10:20 am|
|HIS 396-K||Wealth & Inequality in Mod. Corpor.Am.||Chris Sellers||MWF 10:30-11:25 am|
|LAC 200-J||Latin American and Caribbean Society||Paul Gootenberg||MW 11:35-12:55 pm|
|SOC 309||Social Conflicts and Movements||Javier Auyero||MW 3:20-4:40 pm|
|THR 277||The Media Industry||Norman Prusslin||T 7-10 pm|
|HIS 392||Europe and the 3rd World Since 1945||Young-sun Hong||TTH 9:50-11:10 am|
|SOC 348||Global Sociology||Jim Rule||TTH 12:50-2:10 pm|
A goal of the FLC is to engage students in a holistic way that touches their personal lives as well as their academic
interests and allows them to gain a hands-on experience combining theory and practice, including a variety of
student projects. The objective is to practice skills, such as writing (class questions, briefing handout, mid-term
essay, conference report); group or individual research projects and oral presentations, website design, collaboration
with and peer mentoring of high school students, preparing a student conference, visiting the U.N. headquarters,
participating or organizing public events (rallies, surveys, letter writing), and meetings with scholars.
In the FLC program seminar the SBU undergraduate students will
- collaborate in small groups which are organized around topics covered in the program course.
- Participate in a graded short quiz based on the required reading of a given day. No make up if late or absent.
Lowest score will be dropped.
- A short, task-oriented open-book mid-term essay covering readings/discussions of the first part of the semester.
- During the semester groups or individuals will engage in one student project related to the class topic, such as
researching an organization, setting up a web page, conducting a survey/interviews, writing an article for a
student paper, etc. The projects have to be agreed upon by the instructor no later than March 5. If not agreed
upon in time a penalty will apply. All student projects need to be finished and presented at the student conference on May 7.
- Students (individually or as a group) are required to select and research a country or international organization/NGO
related to the topic of global economics, development, or political governance. A theoretically and empirically
informed 2-3 page hardcopy conference outline has to be submitted for the mock-conference on April 30.
- The topics of the reports have to be agreed upon by the instructor no later than March 12. If not agreed
upon in time or submitted a penalty will apply.
- The outline will serve as the backbone of the hardcopy final term paper of about 15 pages (groups) or
7 pages (individuals) due in its final form on Wednesday, May 14, 2002 at 5 p.m. at the instructor's office.
- No late submissions will be accepted.
A typical class will start with a quiz based on the reading, followed by a short lecture or presentation by a guest
speaker from a federated course and a class discussion. After a snack break, we will further explore a session topic
by splitting up in smaller discussion groups, listening to an instructor briefing, or watching a video.
Class participation and attendance as well as the quiz, mid-term essay, and conference presentation/term
paper are very important parts of the FLC seminar and will be appropriately evaluated and graded (see below).
|Individual class participation and class attendance before AND after snack break||
|A short quiz at the beginning of most classes||
|One mid-term essay based on all required readings completed before the exam||
|One individual or student group project agreed upon by the instructor by March 5||
|The student project has to be finished and presented at the student conference on May 7||
|A conference briefing presentation turned into a printed final term paper.The topic needs to be agreed upon by the instructor no later than March 12||
|A hardcopy briefing has to be submitted for the student conference on April 30||
|The final term paper is due in its final form on May 14||