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Peer Mentor: Mandie Drumheller
Office: West Ruffner 228 Phone: 395-3376
Office phone: 395-2219
Office hours: MWF 11:00-12:00 Class Time: M 10:00-10:50
TR: 9:30-10:30 Classroom: West Ruffner 256
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: The goal of the Longwood Seminar is to help develop citizen leaders for the common good by promoting critical thinking and analysis in all aspects of the students’ lives and by developing the knowledge and skills that lead to college success.
Texts: e-text + assignments handed
out in class
Students are required to get a subscription to the New York Times from the Bookstore (also required for Posc 150)
This subscription for our section of Longwood Seminar is being paid for by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wayne McWee.
1. Develop academic knowledge and skills to promote a broad range of success at Longwood.
2. Establish goals for personal academic success.
3. Explore academic majors and discipline-related career options.
4. Develop strategies to promote personal social awareness and skills needed by citizen leaders.
Outcomes: Students will
* Understand the mission of
* Understand the application of critical thinking skills to multiple situations
* Develop the knowledge and skills that lead to college success
1. Developing an academic plan for success. Following the outline of the student planner, students will set goals and plans for the year (for 10 points). For an additional 10 points they will write an evaluation at the end of the course on how well they are advancing towards their goals and offer any appropriate revisions to those goals and plans.
2. The activity designed to demonstrate the use of the library will involve the class visit to the library and completion of the library assignment. 10 points.
3. The activity designed to expand an awareness of issues surrounding ethnic, social, and cultural diversity is attendance at a guest lecture program later in the semester. 10 points
4. The activity designed to demonstrate an understanding of the Longwood Code of Honor involves attendance at one of the Honor and Integrity Week Programs. 10
5. The activities designed to demonstrate an exploration of relevant career fields is our program with the director of the career center and development of a professional resume and web based portfolio. 10 points
6. The exercise designed to demonstrate awareness of time management issues will be completion of time management study in class. 10 points
7. The assignment designed to develop civic awareness involves daily reading of the New York Times. Informed citizenship requires a knowledge of current events. Student participation in class discussion of current political developments will count for part their grade for Longwood Seminar. (30 points for contribution to class discussion on current events and 40 points for test on knowledge of current events given on the last day of class.)
8.. The assignment designed to demonstrate the application of critical thinking is completion of an essay in which the student critiques an editorial in the New York Times. 30 points
9. The activity designed to demonstrate civic engagement is participation in at least 5 meetings or activities of the Political Science Club. 30 points
TOTAL POINTS 200
A = 200-180 points
B = 179-160 points
C = 159-140 points
D = 139-120 points
F = 119 and below
As one can see, half of the grade for the semester is based daily reading of the New York Times. For the fall of 2006 students will be asked to pay special attention to the war in Iraq, other conflicts in the Middle East, issues involving terrorism, the fall Congressional elections, rival assessments of the performance of the Bush administration, issues involving education, issues involving the intersection between science and politics, debates over environmental issues, issues involving the diversity of the American population, analyses of public opinion, and coverage of breaking crises. Part of each class will be devoted to discussion these matters. Students will also be introduced to publications on the left and right that view the world differently than the principal editorial writers in the Times. Students will write a critique of at least one Times editorial.
**If you are a student with a disability, it is
your responsibility to register with the Office of Disability Support Services
and to notify your instructor at least two weeks prior to a needed accommodation
so reasonable accommodations can be made.
LSEM class begins August
25 - Orientation and Introduction to Longwood Seminar (presentation by Mandie on
Aug. 28 establish long-term goals for attending University, establish short term goals for personal and academic achievements during the first semester
Aug. 30 effective studying, note taking, listening in class (turn in essay on goals on Aug. 30.)
Sept. 4 Labor Day and no classes
Sept. 6 Class will meet at Career Center in Basement of Lancaster (Room 139)
September 11 effective studying, note taking, listening in class
September 13 test taking strategies
September 18 Librarian will visit our class for special program on Library resources
Sept. 20 time management exercise and issues (presentation by Mandie)
Sept. 25 special program on globalization and study abroad
Sept. 27 University academic regulations and requirements, advising issues (presentation by Mandie)
Oct. 2 writing skills
Oct. 4 special program with alumni visitor on internships and career development
Oct. 11 Managing stress and wrap up of class, test on current events (turn in essay reviewing your academic plan)