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Explanation

Per university policy and procedure all Political Science courses identify and advance specific Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). These outcomes identify what skills and experiences students can expect to learn or encounter as a result of taking a particular class. To assist students in their course selection, SLOs have been revealed below. To aid in accreditation efforts, individual class SLOs have been aligned with Political Science Department Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and with Brigham Young University-Hawaii’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs). The following charts show how all three outcome sets line up with each other. For greater detail, refer to the individual syllabi for each course.

ILOs, PLOs, and SLOs

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
Students who complete a bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University-Hawaii can expect to gain the following abilities, commitments, and outcomes as a result of their studies here. These ILOs were established by the University for all programs and students and adopted by the President’s Council.

      1.
 Inquiry: Demonstrate information literacy and critical thinking to understand, use, and evaluate
      evidence and sources.
      2. Analysis: Use critical thinking to analyze arguments, solve problems, and reason quantitatively.
      3. Communication: Communicate effectively in both written and oral form, using integrity,
      good logic and appropriate evidence.
      4. Integrity: Integrate spiritual and secular learning and behave ethically.
      5. Stewardship: Use knowledge, reasoning and research to take responsibility for and wise decisions
      about the use of resources.
      6. Service: Use knowledge, reasoning and research to solve problems and serve others.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Students who successfully fulfill the requirements of the Political Science major or minor can expect to gain the following abilities, skills, and experiences. The following eight Program Learning Outcomes represent goals that the Political Science Department maintains for each of its students. These PLOs were established by the department and voted on by the Political Science Faculty.

      1.  Write an effective research paper using professional formats
      2.  Write an effective persuasive/analytical essay/report
      3.  Demonstrate competence using logical/analytical skills
      4.  Demonstrate an understanding of political philosophy/theory
      5.  Demonstrate the critical reading skills needed to engage professional journals/monographs
      6.  Demonstrate content mastery in international relations, law, US
      government, Asia/Pacific government or public management
      7.  Conduct an effective oral presentation
      8.  Complete a meaningful capstone paper

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete any of the following classes can expect to gain the experiences, skills, and experiences listed for each class below. These SLOs range from class to class and are established by the particular faculty member teaching the class.

 

Individual Class SLOs 

POSC 101: Introduction to Politics

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

101 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Persuasive / analytical essay

Persuasive / analytical essay

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Perception, Good thinking / analysis

Persuasive essay, participation

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Political philosophy / theory

Essay, exams

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading skills

Quizzes, exams

 

6. content mastery

high

Introduction to political science

Essays, quizzes, exams, participation

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Development of arguments, discussions

Participation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

high

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life skills- Academic honesty

Participation, essays

Stewardship

 

high

Life skills- Responsibility

Attendance, completion of assignments

Service

 

high

Life skills- Service, community

Participation, support for classmates

 

POSC 110: The U.S. Political Systems

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

110 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Persuasive / analytical essay

Essay

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Logic / analysis competency

Summry paragraphs, video assignments

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Political philosophy / theory

Essays, summary paragraphs, exams

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading skills

Summary paragraphs, exams

 

6. content mastery

high

Mastery of US political system

Essays, exams, participation

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

med

Development of arguments, discussions

Participation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life skills- Academic honesty

Participation, essays

Stewardship

 

high

Life skills- Responsibility

Attendance, completion of assignments

Service

 

high

Life skills- Service, community

Participation – support for classmates

 

POSC 150: Comparative Government and Politics

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

150 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

med

 

Oral presentation, issue papers

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

med

Persuasive / analytical essay

Final, issue papers

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Perception, Good thinking / analysis

Final, issue papers, quizzes

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Political philosophy / theory

Final, issue papers, quizzes

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading skills

Issue papers

 

6. content mastery

high

Understanding of political systems

Final

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Oral presentation

Oral presentation, participation grade

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life Skills- Honesty, on task

Attendance/ Participation

Stewardship

 

high

Life skills- Responsibility

Attendance

Service

 

none

Life skills- Service, community

 

 

POSC 170: International Relations

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

170 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Write effectively

Daily written comments, reaction paprs

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

med

Use theory to explore current events

Exams

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

med

Use theory to explore current events

Exams

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

none

 

 

 

6. content mastery

high

International relations knowledge

Exams, quizzes

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Oral presentation

Participation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

med

Term paper

Term paper

Integrity

 

none

 

 

Stewardship

 

none

 

 

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 200: Political Inquiry

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

200 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research skills/ Inquiry

Research paper outline, revision, design

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

low

Persuasive / analytical essay

Class discussions, theory assignments

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Logic/ analysis competency

Writing revision, statistics

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Political philosophy / theory

Theory assignments

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading skills

Article evaluations, writing revision

 

6. content mastery

med

Political Inquiry

Final

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life skills- Academic honesty

All work

Stewardship

 

none

 

 

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 202: History of Political Philosophy

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

202 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

v

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive/analytical essay

high

Persuasive / analytical essay

Essays

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Analytic thinking / clear communication  

Essay, discussion forum

Analysis

4. political philosophy/theory

high

Understanding of political philosophy

Essays, discussion forum, exams

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading skills

Quizzes, discussion forum, exams

 

6. content mastery

high

Tie political philosophies to human world

Essays, exams, participation

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

med

Development of arguments, discussions

Discussion forum, in-class participation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life skills- Academic honesty

Participation, essays

Stewardship

 

high

Life skills- Responsibility

Attendance, completion of assignments

Service

 

med

Life skills- Service, community

Participation, support for classmates

 

POSC 204: Quantitative Political Research

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

204 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research write-ups

Write-ups, presentation

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

none

 

 

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Logic / analysis competency

Write-ups, presentation

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Political philosophy / theory

Write-ups, presentation

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading skills

Quizzes, participation

 

6. content mastery

high

Mastery of quantitative poltical research

Write-ups, exams, participation

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Presentation of research project

Poster presentation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life skills- Academic honesty

Participation, research writing

Stewardship

 

high

Life skills- Responsibility

Attendance, completion of assignments

Service

 

high

Life skills- Service, community

Participation, support for classmates

 

POSC 230: Governance and Public Law

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

230 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Effective and analytical research writing

Rule of law paper

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Persuasive / analytical essay

Response papers

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Logic / analysis competency

Papers, discussions, negotiation

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Political and legal philosophy

Papers, exam, quizzes

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading skills

Response papers, case briefs, exam

 

6. content mastery

high

Introduction to governance & law

Write-ups, exams, participation

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Effective & persuasive oral presentation

Rule of law presentation, negotiation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life skills- Academic honesty

Participation, research writing

Stewardship

 

high

Life skills- Responsibility

Attendance, completion of assignments

Service

 

med

Life skills- Service, community

Participation, support for classmates

 

POSC 314: State and Local Government

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

314 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Effective research

Final paper eval/draft, exams/quizzes

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

med

Persuasive responses

Response and reflection papers

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Perception, good thinking / analysis

Exams/quizzes, research ppr, participatn

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

med

Political philosophy / theory

Essay, exams

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

In-depth reading

Quizzes, response papers

 

6. content mastery

med

Content on state/local govs

Case briefs, response papers

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

low

Simulations and presentations

Final paper, community proj, presentn

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

none

 

 

Stewardship

 

none

 

 

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 318: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

318 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Ability to research the federal gov

Federalism in Action draft/paper

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Ability to analyze and explain

Federalism in Action paper

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Logical explanation of court cases

Case briefs

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Theory of federalism

Federalism Policy discussion

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Ability to stay on target with readings

Federalism Policy discussion

 

6. content mastery

high

Understand fed/intergov relations

Exam and quizzes

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Ability to present findings to the class

Federalism in Action presentation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

high

Create a meaningful paper

Federalism in Action paper

Integrity

 

high

Integrity of person and work

Professor scrutiny

Stewardship

 

low

 

 

Service

 

low

 

 

 

POSC 322: Oceanic Governments

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

322 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Ability to write effectively

Written report

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Ability to think clearly

Written report, pop quizzes

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

low

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Understand issues facing PacIslands

Quality of class participation

 

6. content mastery

high

Understand issues facing PacIslands

Midterm and final exam

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Present ideas logically to others

Oral report

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Honest in the classroom

Attendance

Stewardship

 

high

A sense of responsibility

Class participation

Service

 

low

 

 

 

POSC 325R: Pacific National Politics

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

325r SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

 

 

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

 

 

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

 

 

 

6. content mastery

high

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

high

 

 

Integrity

 

high

 

 

Stewardship

 

high

 

 

Service

 

high

 

 

 

POSC 330: Introduction to Public Administration

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

330 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research on legislation

Research draft/paper, exams/quizzes

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Analytical writing

Research paper assignments, cases

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Analytical thinking

Exams/quizzes, cases, research pper

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Legal philosophy reading

Midterm, final, quizzes, cases, papers

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Ability to read legal docs

Cases, papers, midterm, final

 

6. content mastery

high

Content on Public Administration

Exams/quizzes, cases, papers

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Effective presentation skills

Case study presentation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

none

 

 

Stewardship

 

none

 

 

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 331: Public Policy

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

331 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research skills

Term paper

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Persuasive writing

Case studies

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Problem solving skills

Tool assignment, case studies, project

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

none

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

none

 

 

 

6. content mastery

high

Content on public policy

Exams, quizzes

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Oral communication

Class presentation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

none

 

 

Stewardship

 

none

 

 

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 335: Issues of Terrorism

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

335 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Written communication

Memos, term project

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Problem solving

Group project, memo assignments

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

none

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

none

 

 

 

6. content mastery

high

General terrorism knowledge

Exams and quizzes

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Oral communication

Oral presenation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Academic honesty

Turnitin assessments

Stewardship

 

none

 

 

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 338: Poverty and Civil Conflict

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

338 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

 

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

 

 

 

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

 

 

 

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

 

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

 

 

 

 

6. content mastery

 

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

 

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

 

 

 

Integrity

 

 

 

 

Stewardship

 

 

 

 

Service

 

 

 

 

 

POSC 340: Asian Governments

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

340 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Analytical writing

BRP/MRPs, final paper

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Critical thinking

Discussions, BRP/MRPs, final paper

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

none

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading

Discussions, BRP/MRPs,

 

6. content mastery

high

Content on Asian governments

Discussions, BRP/MRPs, final paper

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

low

Class participation

Discussions

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life skills- Academic honesty

Participation, essays

Stewardship

 

med

Life skills- Responsibility

Attendance, movie viewings

Service

 

high

Life skills- Service, community

Participation, relations w/others

 

POSC 342: International Relations of Asia

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

342 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Persuasive / analytical essay

BRPs/MRPs, final

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Perception, Good thinking / analysis

BRPs/MRPs, final

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Political philosophy / theory

BRPs/MRPs, final

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Critical reading skills

Economist summaries, BRPs

 

6. content mastery

high

Content on Asian IR

Discussion, BRPs/MRPs, final

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

low

Engaging the class

Participation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Life skills- Academic honesty

Participation, essays

Stewardship

 

med

Life skills- Responsibility

Attendance, movie viewings

Service

 

high

Life skills- Service, community

Participation, relations w/others

 

POSC 352: Ethics and the Legal Environment

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

352 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

 

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

 

 

 

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

 

 

 

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

 

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

 

 

 

 

6. content mastery

 

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

 

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

 

 

 

Integrity

 

 

 

 

Stewardship

 

 

 

 

Service

 

 

 

 

  

POSC 354: Legal Research and Writing

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

354 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Do legal research w/secondary sources

Opening statement / legal memo

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Write an opening statement

Opening statement

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Read/understand legal cases

All writing assignments

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

low

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Read/understand significant legal cases

Writing assignment, class discussion

 

6. content mastery

high

Study for the LSAT exam

Practice LSAT exams

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Deliver an opening statement

Opening statement presentation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

low

 

 

Integrity

 

low

Academic honesty

Professor scrutiny

Stewardship

 

none

 

 

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 356: International Legal Drafting & Transactions

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

356 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Writing/synthesize laws to help client

Case briefs, writing assignments 

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Find strategies to meet client objective

Client interview assignment

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

low

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Acquire knowledge to meet client need

Case briefs assignments

 

6. content mastery

high

Secure professional skills in legal world

Drafting exam

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Effective oral skills

Quizzes, group projects

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Academic honesty

Professor scrutiny

Stewardship

 

none

 

 

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 358: Comparative law

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

358 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Write persuasively

Case brief, response papers

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Formulate clear ideas on legal matters

Case brief, response papers

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

none

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Engage new materials

Midterm, class readings

 

6. content mastery

high

Understand different legal systems

Midterm

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Make a professional presentation

Mock trial, class presentation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Academic honesty

Professor scrutiny

Stewardship

 

low

 

 

Service

 

low

 

 

 

POSC 362: International Political Economy and Development

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

362 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research skills

8-10 page research paper

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Improved written communication

8-10 page research paper

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Connect real world examples to theory

Exam, 8-10 page research paper

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

International political economy theory

Exam, 8-10 page research paper

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Reading in the field of Int political econ

Exam, 8-10 page research paper

 

6. content mastery

high

Basics of the field

Exam

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Better oral communication

Class participation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

No plagiarizing; cheating

Professor scrutiny

Stewardship

 

high

Polite exchange; respect for others

Professor scrutiny

Service

 

 

 

 

 

POSC 364: Conflict Bargaining and Management

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

364 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research skills

12-20 page research paper

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Improved written communication

12-20 page research paper

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Connect real world examples to theory

Exams, 12-20 page research paper

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Non-cooperative bargaining theory

Exams, 12-20 page research paper

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Reading in field of conflict bargaining

Exams, 12-20 page research paper

 

6. content mastery

high

Basics of conflict bargaining

Exams

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Better oral communication

Class participation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

No plagiarizing; cheating

Professor scrutiny

Stewardship

 

high

Polite exchange; respect for others

Professor scrutiny

Service

 

 

 

 

 

POSC 366: Politics and Economics of the Developing World

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

366 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Critical thinking through writing

NGO grant proposal paper

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Create a strong development plan

NGO grant proposal paper

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Understand basic developmental theory

Writing assignments, class discussion

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Comprehend issues in the field

Class discussion

 

6. content mastery

high

Know international orgs & NGOs

Poverty reduction strategy assignment

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Argue intelligently

Poverty reduction strategy presentation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Commitment to honesty

Professorial assessment

Stewardship

 

high

Connect theory to real-world examples

NGO grant proposal paper

Service

 

high

Teamwork

Group projects

 

POSC 410: The Constitution of the United States

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

410 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Analysis skills

Midterm / Final essays

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Logic skills

Exams/quiz, research/response pprs

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Legal theory

Case briefings, midterm and final

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Legal reading

30 Supreme Court case decisions

 

6. content mastery

high

Content on constitutional law

Case briefings, midterm, final

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Participation in discussion

Case briefings and class participation

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

 

 

Stewardship

 

high

 

 

Service

 

high

 

 

 

POSC 420: Complexity and Public Policy

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

420 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

 

Research paper

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

 

Research paper

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

 

Research paper

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

 

Exams and research paper

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

 

Exams and paper bibliography

 

6. content mastery

high

 

Exams and research paper

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

low

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

high

 

Research paper

Integrity

 

high

Academic honest

 

Stewardship

 

low

 

 

Service

 

low

 

 

 

POSC 460R: Pacific Regionalism

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

460r SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research a country’s NGO interactions

Special reports (2)

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Report findings to superior

Travel report project

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Familiarity with key NGOs in Pac

Organization research project

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

low

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

low

 

 

 

6. content mastery

high

Understand intergov relations in Pac

Final exam

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Learn to conduct self at regional mtgs

SPC & Pacific Forum simulations

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

high

 

Special reports (2)

Integrity

 

high

Academic honest

Professor scrutiny

Stewardship

 

high

Sense of responsibility

Class discussions

Service

 

low

 

 

 

POSC 470: International Relations Theory

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

470 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Learn to hypothesize

Research design and analysis

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Learn to write persuasively

Research design

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Argue effectively

All assignments and exams

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Understand IR theory

Research design and analysis

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Read relevant literature

Quality of class discussion

 

6. content mastery

high

Understand IR theory

Exams and discussions

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Learn to argue/communicate effectively

Quality of class discussion

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

high

Write a research design/analysis

Research analysis

Integrity

 

high

Academic honesty

Professor scrutiny

Stewardship

 

high

Class participation

Quality of class participation

Service

 

low

 

 

 

POSC 480: Political Futures Studies

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

480 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research persuasively

Futures report on country

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Write persuasively

Futures report on country

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Understand future studies concepts

Exams

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

none

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Exposure to key literature

Bibliography

 

6. content mastery

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

high

Ability to articulate findings

Oral presentation; Video report

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

high

Use future studies skills

Futures report on country

Integrity

 

high

No cheating or plagiarism

 

Stewardship

 

high

Concern about future

 

Service

 

high

Call to action

 

 

 POSC 495R: Independent Study

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

495R SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

low

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Analysis of primary course topic

Final essay

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Synthesis of different readings

Final essay

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

low

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Ingest key literature (topic-based)

Read 10-12 books

 

6. content mastery

high

Understanding of history topic

Discussions and Final essay

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

med

Articulate insights and ideas

Discussions with professor

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

none

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Honesty

Discussions and Final Essay

Stewardship

 

high

Time management

Student’s ability to stay on task

Service

 

none

 

 

 

POSC 498R: Political Internship

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

498r SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

none

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Keen sense of accountability

Post-internship report

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

low

 

 

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

low

 

 

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

low

 

 

 

6. content mastery

low

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

low

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

low

 

 

Integrity

 

high

Enhanced work ethic

Post-internship report

Stewardship

 

high

Strong sense of responsibility

Post-internship report

Service

 

high

Commitment to other’s improvement

Post-internship report

 

POSC 499: Political Research and Writing

ILOs

POSC PLOs

Level

499 SLOs

Means of Assessment

Inq/Com/Anl

1. research paper

high

Research skills

30-page research paper

Inq/Com/Anl

2. persuasive / analytical essay

high

Mastery of publishable conventions

30-page research paper

Analysis

3. Logic/analysis competency

high

Logical flow of ideas

Paper outline assignment

Analysis

4. political philosophy / theory

high

Use of theory in a formal paper

30-page research paper

Analysis

5. critical reading skills

high

Familiarity with topic-pertinent lit

Bibliography

 

6. content mastery

low

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

7. oral presentation

low

 

 

Inq/Com/Anl

8. capstone paper

high

 

30-page research paper

Integrity

 

high

Writing with integrity

Checks for plagiarism

Stewardship

 

low

 

 

Service

 

low