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     Class Zones                    Course Subject Matter

      Attendance Sheet               Course Rules
      Absences                      Grading Criteria
       Clickers                      How to Use Clickers
      Textbook
       Website
      Website Registration
       Class Email Group
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      Row 4                                Row 4
                 Please write your zone number in your
                 notes so you don’t forget it
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     Attendance Sheet



Only partial credit given if you leave
early
Attendance sheet



Consistent Signature!
(May not get credit otherwise)
print    sign                zone



        If your name is not on the
                  roll …
           #34 (3)



Absences
Each Week = 10 points
            Excuses

     (a) University-sponsored event
     (b) Your own health emergency
     -- documentation required
     -- must be pre-approved (unless impossible, physically)
     (Give examples of stuff that doesn’t count)




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           #16 (3)




Clickers
 Right Model

-- RF response card
-- Turning Technologies
-- anywhere from $38 to $45.
  Keys to buying

 -- selling it back.
      (explain)
Where to buy

 -- bookstore.
     renting?
 -- bookstore across the street.
 -- ebay?

Will start using them in session 2
 Keys to buying

 -- selling it back.         Question:

      (explain)         How many of you have
                       them (raise your hand)?
Where to buy

 -- bookstore.                Question:

     renting?         How many don’t (raise
                           your hand)?
 -- bookstore across the street.
 -- ebay?

Will start using them on Friday
           #36 (3)



Textbook
 Buying                              American Constitutional
                                         Development
-- extremely cheap on Amazon
      (check around)
-- purposely bought a cheap
    text to offset the cost of the
    clicker




                                       Richard Randall
          #18 (3)




Website
How to find it.

• See link in email (will send again)

• Or, go to seanwilson.org & press
yellow button “Pol.Life”
#19 (3)
#20 (3)
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Website Link:
#22 (3)
    numerical order


Don’t Confuse Topic
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                  #23 (3)




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Navigate
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Questions?
#24 (3)
#25 (3)
#26 (3)
                                   #27 (3)




    Website Registration



Please take out a piece of paper
The one you use and
check the most
The zone that you are
sitting in today
Serial Number on the back
of the clicker
• You can’t do the registration
until you have the clicker
number
• Will use this to post exams
• Up to 5 characters
• Numbers and letters
• You make it up
• Can’t be from social security
or UID.
• Don’t share it w/anyone
• Used to access grades on my web site (not
operational yet)
• You make it up; anything you want it to be
• Don’t use an existing password (I’ll see it)
• Don’t share it w/anyone
• Your first assignment in class is to register
in the manner I have shown

• Do it immediately upon getting your clicker
    Class Email Group



(Explain why it is important)
• Your second class assignment is to sign up
for the class email group
END SESSION ONE
          Today’s Lecture:




           Course Introduction




Session                          Topic(s)


 2                                1
Lecture Organization for Topic 1:

     Wednesday                      Today:

     Class Zones                    Grading Criteria

      Attendance Sheet              How to Use Clickers
      Absences                       Course Rules
       Clickers                      Intro to the Course
      Textbook
       Website
      Website Registration
       Class Email Group
Grading Criteria
                    Two Grading Plans


“Writing-Intensive Course”

-- You must do a writing
-- Two choices
(a) do the paper in the
    syllabus; or
(b) have take-home essays
    for both exams (plus an
    in-class multiple choice)
2 take-homes = 1 paper
                   Two Grading Plans


  Plan-1

-- you are doing the extra
take-homes

 Plan-2

-- you are doing the paper
               Exams


basic info

  -- 33% or 24%, depending upon the plan
  -- two given (midterm and final)
  -- complicated multiple choice
      (the bar exam is multiple choice)
  (take-home essay for those on plan-1)
               Exams


Philosophy

-- Difficult exams are good for you
   (Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings)
-- Come ready for the battle.
   (In life, you should welcome your “Helm’s
   Deep” moment)
                        Exams


            Reading
             -- roughly 20% of your exam will be from
             the textbook.

             Borderline Students

             -- if you are within 3% points of a grade,
             reading can make or break you.




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               Attendance


basic info

  -- worth 17% of your grade
  • leaving early -- won’t get full credit.
      (sit close to the isle if leaving early)
  • Don’t ever sign someone else’s name.
  Could get you in trouble (academic
  discipline)
              Course Notes


basic info

  -- your course notes are graded
  •17% of your grade
  • hand them in after midterm, and after final.
  • only ORIGINAL notes (hand-written)
      (laptop users who want to type in class
      should email me)
              Course Notes


basic info

   What they should look like

  -- clearly distinguish each lecture
  -- the more thorough the better
      • “outlines” are not “notes”
  -- if you miss a lecture, go to the website,
  listen and take notes
               Course Notes


basic info

   When are they due?

  -- when you take the exam, no excuses
      “I left them in the car”
      “my computer crashed”
             Course Notes


basic info

    Why This is Good

  -- buffers your grade (with attendance)
  -- you should be doing more than “watching”



                     Questions about Notes
                        or Attendance?
                Final Course Grades


 No Favors

-- Grades are only an indication of how often you scored
in the game
-- No favors are given




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                      Final Course Grades


 No Rounding

-- If you end up with a 59.99%, the grade is F
            (89.99% is B)
            [note: see policy for borderline students]




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                 Final Course Grades


Flunking

-- I will flunk you if you don’t earn above a 59.99%
(some professors “spare” people for reasons of grace and
“life excuses.” I do not do this. Poor marks are given
where earned)




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             Borderline Students                        #28 (3)




Year-End Bonus

-- there are 1-to-3 year-end course percentage points
available at the end of the year
-- if you get 3, it would make an 87% an A.
-- I use this for people who end up on the border
(there is no rounding of grades)
              Borderline Students


 items
-- bonus is awarded for:
(a) class participation
(b) exam grades one letter higher than your course
    average
(c) reading questions one letter higher than your course
    average
(d) donating good, typed notes to DocStoc (explained
    later)
                   Merit Adjustment                         #29 (3)




notes/attendance can only help
-- Notes/Attendance (as a composite) can only ever help your
grade, not hurt it
-- If you have a grade of B on exams, but notes/attendance
brings it down to a C, grades will be calculated without regard
to notes/attendance. (You get the B).



                                 Questions?
             #1 (3)

 Clickers:
(Channels)
-- your clicker sends messages on
a channel frequency

-- I set the channel; your clicker
has to find it

-- Channel shouldn’t change
throughout the entire course (but
can).

Key: Avoiding conflict with other
devices
              Channel: 21

2. Press channel number




1. Press “ch” button
              Channel: 21

2. Press channel number




3. Press “ch” again

1. Press “ch” button
                 Channel: 21
Let’s test it.

Light should quickly
flash amber, once

           Press 1/A
                 Channel: 21
Let’s test it.

If there is a problem,
light will flash 9
times, ending in Red




        Question:
     Any problems?
                      #2 (3)




Answering Questions
-- for any given question, some
buttons on your clicker will NOT be
relevant
   e.g., True/False question
   -- I could set 1/A as True
   -- and 1/B as False
   -- That renders the rest of the
   keys irrelevant
If you push one of the
buttons that are officially
“in play,” your answer
card flashes green.


      Only means that your
      selection was
      registered; not that you
      got the answer right
If you push one of the
buttons that are NOT “in
play” …
it will show a red light

      Unless the question is
      configured wrong
      (explain)
You will virtually never
press these buttons for a
question
                #3 (3)




Let’s Try It!
   Instructions

-- Here’s the way it will work
-- I’ll give you a “prep slide” before the
question-slide appears
-- The prep slide will warn you about
what is coming

… for example
                                  start
Attendance                        slide

-- Let’s take class attendance
(during the next slide)
-- For this one, all numbered
keys are “in play”
-- If “present,” select any one
of them

… also

-- You must wait to answer
until I “open the poll”

(wait for the response table to
appear)
  Click any number to indicate you are here...
1. 1/A
2. 2/B
3. 3/C
                         28%




4. 4/D                                          24%




5. 5/E
6. 6/F
7. 7/G                         12%
                                     10%

8. 8/H                                     7%              7%   7%


9. 9/I
                                                                     3%

10. 10/J                                              1%
                                                                          0%


                         1     2     3     4     5    6     7    8    9   10
                                               end
                                               slide




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                                 #4 (3)

Yes/No Question
-- Let’s do a yes/no question
-- Only two keys are “in play”
(1 and 2)




       start
       slide
Do You feel good today?

1. Yes                                   50
2. No



                                               17




                                         1      2
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                                   #5 (3)

Complicated Question

 multiple response w/weights

-- Each person gets three votes.
  • Vote 1 counts as 3 points.
  • Vote 2 counts as 2 points
  • Vote 3 counts as 1 point

 5 buttons in play
  The Question:

  -- Who is the greatest running
  back to ever play the game of
  Football?
  -- Five candidates:



Walter      Emmit        Jim                 Gayle
                                   Barry
Payton      Smith        Brown     Sanders   Sayers
  The Question:
                                   Each assigned a button
  -- Who is the greatest running
  back to ever play the game of
  Football?
  -- Five candidates:



Walter      Emmit        Jim                     Gayle
                                     Barry
Payton      Smith        Brown       Sanders     Sayers
 Note:                                                    start
                                                          slide
  -- If you mess up, you can           Top-3 Ranking
  revote before the time ends
  (only your last 3 selections will
  count)
  Remember: your first choice is
  worth more than your second,
  third (etc),
Walter      Emmitt         Jim                   Gayle
                                      Barry
Payton      Smith          Brown      Sanders    Sayers
Who is the greatest running back ever?
•    Walter Payton
                                       108
•    Emmitt Smith
                                                               94
•    Jim Brown
•    Barry Sanders
                                                     63
•    Gayle Sayers                                         59
                                                                    46




                                        1            2    3     4    5

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                      #6 (3)




Class Participation
   The Process

-- We’re going to use clickers to
register class participation
-- There will be two types of class
participation slides
   • Real time Register participation as it happens
   • After the fact Register participation after the
                    discussion is over
Restricted Activity
-- Only those who raise their
hand and are called upon get
to push a button
-- No one else can do it
-- violating this rule is treated
the same as cheating (see
syllabus)

-- Only two buttons are in play

-- Here is the way it works …
Example

-- In class, a question box will
drop, such as:

           Question:
       Why did you pick
       the running back
         that you did?

-- When this happens, one of
two slides will eventually
appear …
                                                     2


            This indicates that the slide is
            displaying while the discussion
            takes place (“real time”).




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                                               2



                  This tells us what the
                  question is




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                                                            2


            This shows us who is
            responding to the
            question




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                                                           2



                                               This gives us the
                                               directions




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                                                      2


                                Press 1 only if you
                                have raised your hand
                                and been called upon
                                Do it as soon as it
                                happens



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                                                          2


                                Press 2 only if I specifically
                                tell you to when hearing
                                your input
                                9 is for really, really
                                good comments



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                                               2


                We will do this all quarter
                long, so make sure you
                know the protocol




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Q-Past




                                                     2


             Sometimes, we will do this
             after a discussion is over.
             (Indicated by “Q-Past”)




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Q-Past




                                                               2


                                                       start
             Okay. Let’s try it …
                                                       slide




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                      #7 (3)




Rules and Penalties
  Cheating
-- Using someone else’s clicker is
considered cheating
-- Only bring and use your own clicker

(See syllabus for what happens)
                                          #8 (3)

  Attendance Sheet
-- To discourage cheating, the
attendance sheet must be signed
every day
-- You won’t get credit for any of your
clicking or attending if you have not
properly signed the attendance sheet

-- You must be seated in the correct
class zone, and place a signature
where it belongs on the sheet
                                                         #9 (3)

  Failure to get a clicker
-- Clickers are required for this course
-- If you don’t obtain one, please note the following
consequences:
  Attendance

   • Sign two attendance sheets to get full attendance
   credit. (Leaving early)
   -- The second sheet is signed at the end of class,
   before you leave the room
   -- Is not circulated. It’s right here [show].
  Failure to get a clicker
-- Clickers are required for this course
-- If you don’t obtain one, please note the following
consequences:
  Participation

   • no credit given
                                                             #10 (3)
                         Email Policies


   Receiving it
       -- you must have a working university email
       -- it is no excuse if it is “bouncing”

                  -- affirmative duty to act




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                       Email Policies


 My Tone

-- Tone of my replies: “quick” or “curt”
      (Don’t take anything from that)

Use Course Number

-- Indicate what class you are from (preferably in the subject
line)




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                        Little Things                         #11 (3)




pre-class muggings

-- I can’t talk to you before class
      (setting up the technology)
-- see me after class for any question or concern you might
have (or: email me, come to office)




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                        Little Things                         #12 (3)




  oblivious students

-- “professor, l missed yesterday, what did we do?”
      (translation: give me a special summary)
      (translation: give me a corner-cutting answer) [examples]
-- everything is online. The class plays 24/7 (in theory)
      • No excuses for not reviewing lectures if you miss
      • if you ask me “what did we do,” I’m going to say – see the
      website.

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                       Little Things                          #13 (3)




  problem students

-- don’t interfere with class environment (e.g., talking with your
neighbor during class)
(mention disciplinary procedures)




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                                                  #30 (3)
                      Little Things


   Pet Peeves
-- If you see me out in a bar, give me my space




                             Questions about
                               anything?
Intro to the Course
                    Subject Matter                         #31 (3)




 About the Constitution, not Bill of Rights
We can conceptualize the Constitution as having two parts:




         “Part A”                    “Part B -- amendments”
       “Constitution Proper”              Bill of Rights
                   Subject Matter


Change in Power of the Federal Sovereign

When the American Constitution was created, “Uncle Sam” had
a the time this to him ends, the look will radically change …
Bycertain “look” course …
                    Subject Matter


Change in Power of the Federal Sovereign

Power of the federal organ radically changes over time even
though the Constitution isn’t amended on that point. It’s the
same legal language (same document)
                     Subject Matter


First Third of the Course (Part I)

History of the Constitution coming into being
Particular focus on the political culture, its generation, its ideas,
its political conflict and the institutional structures it created
This part ends with the establishment of Judicial Review and
the most important Supreme Court case in American history,
Marbury v. Madison
                   Subject Matter


Second Third of the Course (Part II)

The story of the ascendancy of federal power in American
government
See exactly how this transformation legally occurs.
Primarily consists of commerce-clause cases
                    Subject Matter


 Final Third of the Course (Part III)

Institutional development
-- The power of the presidency
                  Teaching Approach                            #32 (3)




Developmentalism

-- this class relies heavily upon a developmental approach
-- “Developmentalism” is the use of history to develop a subject
matter (other than history)
-- The basic idea:
      If you show someone how something develops – if
      you can transcend the limits of time and watch it
      “grow” – your appreciation for what state it exists in
      today will change
                 Teaching Approach


Philosophical Concerns

-- along with development, we will periodically raise philosophic
concerns
(questions about law, power, judging, and politics)
                  Teaching Approach


Never law for its own sake

-- this is neither a paralegal course, nor is it a law school course
–- the goal of political science should never be to imitate legal
education
-- legal or paralegal education teaches you what law is so that
you can use this commodity in the marketplace to take money
from people
-- This course has a much broader concern ..
                  Teaching Approach


Never law for its own sake

-- this is neither a paralegal course, nor is it a law school course
 –- the goal of political science should never be to imitate legal
education
    It is about how constitutional law in this subject domain
    comes paralegal to be “the law,” and what this process
-- legal or to be SAIDeducation teaches you what law is so that
    itself use about the larger American political culture,
you cansays this commodity in the marketplace to take money
from people institutions, decision makers, and politics that
    governing
    both dictate legality as well as are beholden
-- This course has a much broader concern .. to it.

     Not about what the law is; it is about what the law
     BEING “is” is all about
                     Course Difficulty                     #33 (3)




Cumulative Material
-- watch out, this course will snowball
-- You will be lost and bewildered if you do not keep up
-- some of you will see, around mid-semester, what a law
school course feels like
                        Course Difficulty


  Level of Difficulty
-- This class is more difficult than my other classes
-- More reading, and the reading is more important
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