Stony Brook University, Federated Learning Communities Program

 

    FLC 302/SOC 393: GLOBAL ECONOMICS, DEVELOPMENT & POLITICAL GOVERNANCE

                                                                           (Spring 2003)

                                                                       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 (hkurthen@notes.cc.sunysb.edu, phone: 632-7717)

                                        Office Hours: Wednesday 4-6 p.m. & by appointment at SBS-S443

 

                                                    TA: Nectaria Krokidis (nectar910@aol.com)

                                    TA Office Hours: Monday 2-3 p.m. & Tuesday 1-2 p.m. at SBS-S443

 

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
  FEDERATED CLASSES    
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

                                                                                        

 

                                                                           FORMAT

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).

 

 

STUDENT EVALUATION

Individual class participation and class attendance before AND after snack break
20%
A short quiz at the beginning of most classes
30%
One mid-term essay based on all required readings completed before the exam
10%
One individual or student group project agreed upon by the instructor by March 5
5%
The student project has to be finished and presented at the student conference on May 7
10%
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
5%
A hardcopy briefing has to be submitted for the student conference on April 30
10%
The final term paper is due in its final form on May 14
10%