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UI320-01 - The Modern Presidency - Syllabus
TR 2:00-3:15 p.m. in Carnahan 210 - Fall 2007
Professor Russell Renka


I.  Course Description
II.  Course Access
III.  Course Requirements
IV.  Textbooks and Other Resources
V.  Weekly Schedule - Fall 2007

I. Course Description:  We examine the modern American presidency in interdisciplinary fashion from the perspectives of history, political science, and speech communication.  Sequence is chronological, beginning with Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 and concluding with the current Bush Administration in 2007, in four sections of four weeks each.  Each presidency with assignments is accessed at the Timeline of Modern Presidents.

Class is held TR 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. in Carnahan Hall, Room 210.  My office is located in Carnahan 211-L, with telephone at (573) 651-2692 and FAX at (573) 651-2695.  My weekly office hours are MWF 9-9:50 a.m. and TR 1:00-1:50 p.m.  My e-mail is rdrenka@semo.edu and Renka's Home Page is at URL cstl-cla.semo.edu/renka/.

II.  Course Access:  OIS gives you access to a class bulletin board (Forum), a locale for posting papers and assignments (Drop Box), and a personal grade and assignment record (Gradebook).  The Index site is listed at your Southeast Portal.

III. Course Requirements:                    Top

A. Quizzes: There are 10 brief multiple choice quizzes over assigned reading in Greenstein text and other materials.  Worth 10 points each, these are done via UTest and then shown in the Gradebook so you can keep track of progress.  The Quiz scheduling is shown on the Timeline.  Click on each presidential picture for a specific calendar of events and quizzes.  Net Value:  100 points.

B. Essays: 1000 to 1500 word papers of reflection and analysis. There are four essays, one for each unit of the course.  Students are expected to demonstrate some original and pertinent web-based research in each essay.  Essay topics are published at the last presidency site covered in that section.  Each is worth 125 points; see the Weekly Schedule below.  Net Value:  500 points.

C. Oral Reports:  Each student will do at least one oral report to the class during the semester. Each report will be accompanied by a written outline of the topic.  These topics are to be related to one or more modern presidents.  They should address specific topics that go beyond the focus of the regular course assignments; for example, one might do "Eisenhower and the Interstate Highway System" or "Kennedy's 'Ich bin ein Berliner' Speech" as topics. Value:  100 points for the oral, another 100 for the written part:  200 points.

D. Forum participation: Meaningful participation in on-line discussions, facilitated through the UI320 Forum.  Net Value is 6 points per meaningful post, up to limit of 100 points.

E. Basis for Grades: Students are expected to complete all assigned reading, to participate in class  discussion and other activities, and to submit all assignments on time.  Late submissions are not ordinarily accepted barring unusual circumstances and will be considered only with prior approval from the course instructor.  All grades are shown via Gradebook.

Total Points: 900 points

IV. Textbook and web resources:              Top

A. Textbook:  Greenstein, Fred I. 2004. The Presidential Difference:  Leadership Style from FDR to George W. Bush, 2d edition.  Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.  Obtain through Textbook Service.  Most reading is my on line chapters via the Timeline.

B. Online resources:  Assigned essays are on line from Professor Renka under the heading of each president.  Video or audio files of presidential speeches are also there, with content descriptions by former UI320 co-instructor Thomas Harte.  Use my Presidency Links and Modern Presidents for comprehensive on line resources on the modern presidency.  You will also find on-line papers and assignments, and a set of Key Terms, under each presidency at the Timeline.

V. Weekly Schedule - Fall 2007:            Top

 Week Number




Paper due


8-21, 8-23

 modern presidency




 Franklin D. Roosevelt




9-4, 9-6

 Franklin D. Roosevelt



9-11, 9-13

 Harry S. Truman


 Paper #1 on Th, 9-13 - Drop Box


9-18, 9-20

 Dwight D. Eisenhower




9-25, 9-27

 John F. Kennedy




10-2, 10-4

 Kennedy; Lyndon B. Johnson





 Lyndon B. Johnson

Paper #2 by W, 10-10 - Drop Box


10-16, 10-18

 Richard M. Nixon




10-23, 10-25

 Nixon; Gerald Ford




10-30, 11-1

 Jimmy Carter; start on Ronald Reagan Thursday, 11-1




11-6, 11-8

 Ronald Reagan


Paper #3 on Th, 11-8 - Drop Box


11-13, 11-15

 finish Reagan; George H.W. Bush





 Bill Clinton



11-27, 11-29

 Bill Clinton; start George W. Bush



12-4, 12-6

 George W. Bush

  Paper #4 on T, 12-4 - Drop Box

16 (finals week)

12-11 (2 p.m.)

 the 21st Century presidency



* Read Greenstein and Renka, and take on-line quiz prior to each unit.


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