Course Syllabus

OFFICE, OFFICE HOURS: MWF 11-11:50, TuTh 10:50-11:50 (and appointment) in Petrocelli 324 (603 899 4289). 

"MOBILE" OFFICE HOURS are 3-8 PM, Mon-Friday, 978 660 5968. 

MESSAGING: Text me at 978 660 5968 or email me at In ALL emails, leave a contact phone number. In all texts, provide your name.

NO EXCUSES for not being fully informed on everything going on in class, as Canvas provides the ways to stay informed: 

  1. "To Do" and "Coming Up" on <Home> page
  2. "Assignments summary" in <Syllabus>
  3. For "Notifications," you may check off the following: Due Date, Announcement, Grades, Submission Comment, Invitation, Discussion. They can be received by email and text.
  4. Though it's not necessary, you can download the Canvas app on your phone and use it to receive your notifications.


The goal of this course is for students to develop their knowledge of (1) the conditions under which nations become prosperous, develop the rule of law, and protect human rights; and (2) the social impacts of governments that fail to promote prosperity, uphold the rule of law, and respect human rights. To do this, students will review scholarly work on and conduct their own inquiry into these conditions and social impacts. They will present research and work to develop resolutions as participants in two plenary hearings, one in a 2017 Model World Bank and International Monetary Fund Conference and another in a 2017 Model United Nations Human Rights Conference. Learning Outcomes: SS, IA, AEL.

Studying the Literature (70%): Daily quizzes on reading materials and class sessions steeped in past literature in the field. To prepare for class session quizzes, especially if you're absent, then you may study the publicly-available Class Session Notes. (See "Extra Credit" below.) For all quizzes, students will be able to view correct responses and receive feedback 24 hours after the due date has passed. 

Applied Research (30%). Students develop research papers and present them at the Model WB and IMF Conference (15%) and at the Model UNHR Conference (15%) and, in the process, work to advance resolutions in each setting. The final day of the second conference will take place during the final exam day.


Extra credit is awarded to students for posting their classroom notes in the discussion board posted for the day's class session. You can take notes in the board provided; attach them as a word-processed file (that can be opened); or, for those who take handwritten notes, attach a scan or photo. Again, these are good for preparing for class session quizzes, especially for absent students.

Extra credit for class notes WILL NOT BE GIVEN to students who arrive late, look at cell phones or look at non-academic websites during class. Those are all indicators that you are neither engaged nor paying attention, meaning your notes are not worthy of extra credit. 

There will be other opportunities (e.g., campus speakers, events, and additional assignments) for extra credit. Extra credit is NOT offered at the request of students. 


  2. Ignorance and absence are not excuses for incomplete, late, or non-submitted work.
  3. Always know all daily goings-on in class. To do this, click push, text and email notifications for all components of the class. (Will go over in first class.)
  4. Use office hours, email, text, phone to address individual concerns. Do not use class time or the five minutes before and after to do so. 
  5. All required work is posted and submitted in Canvas.
  6. All reading material is posted in Canvas.
  7. Expect to rely exclusively on computer technology for all coursework.
  9. You will use Microsoft Office for all written work and presentations. All FPU students have online and downloadable access at Office 365.
  10. Academic dishonesty (Plagiarism, Cheating). My policy is that which is stated in p.18 of the Academic Catalog. For "instructor's discretion," a student receives a zero for the assignment, in addition to the penalties described in the catalog.

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