IPE401: Senior Thesis in IPE



Spring 2016

Instructor: Pierre Ly

Office: McIntyre 304

Office hours: Announced each week and scheduled at different times to reach more students.                                                           

Phone: (253) 879 3584                                                                      

Email: ply@pugesound.edu

Course description:

This course allows international political economy majors to undertake an in-depth and rigorous examination of a specialized topic of interest in international political economy. Working both as a class and in small groups throughout the semester, students in this course will research, write, and present a senior thesis. This course aims not only to help students build an adequate comprehension and appreciation of an issue or question pertinent to IPE, but also to demonstrate to students the complexity and ambiguity surrounding the theory and practice of international political economy. 

Course Resources:

Course schedule

Official IPE senior thesis guidelines

Senior thesis checklist

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/pierremly/teaching/ipe401

Additional resources on Moodle; All assignments except the final thesis in May will be submitted electronically on Moodle. The final senior thesis will be submitted as an email attachment 


Your grade is this class will be based upon the following factors:

1. Attendance and engagement in class, at group and individual meetings (5% of final grade). It is important that all students work to make the seminar useful, productive, and enjoyable and that the thesis teams provide effective support and feedback to their members.

2. Formal research proposal (5%). The research proposal will be 1000 words (of main text), and will include a formatted bibliography of at least 20 sources. A minimum of 10 of your sources must be cited in text).

3. First complete draft of your thesis (15%). The first draft needs to be thorough and complete so that you will have time to gather critical feedback and make effective revisions.  The first draft must have a specific question and hypothesis, a clear argument, supporting evidence, and it should raise and respond to opposing arguments.

4. Oral defense of your thesis (5%). You will need to present your thesis clearly and deal effectively with questions, criticisms, and suggestions for revision.

5. Final draft of your thesis (70%). The grade for your final draft will be especially influenced by how well you have dealt with suggestions and criticisms that you receive.

Policies regarding paper deadlines

Late submissions will be penalized at the rate of .5 gpa point for every 12 hours passed the official deadline.

Example: for the first late 12 hour period, an A minus quality work, 3.67/4, becomes 3.67 -.5=3.17. Another 12 hours and the grade becomes a 2.67, etc. You will be given ample time to work on each assignment, so extensions will generally not be granted.

Academic honesty

University academic policy makes plagiarism a serious offense.  Plagiarism of any kind, including resubmission of old papers, papers used in other current courses, or papers written by somebody else will result in the student failing the assignment, and possibly the entire course.  If you are unsure about proper referencing, or what may or may not constitute plagiarism, please ask me before you hand in any assignments. You may discuss your homework assignments with classmates, however, the work you turn in should be written up independently. You may also collaborate in studying or preparing for the exams, but the written exam should be your work alone. Any cheating on examinations or plagiarism in assignments will be reported to the Dean of Students.  For further information, please consult the “Academic Honesty” section of the University of Puget Sound Academic Handbook.

Classroom Emergency Response Guidance

·         Please review university emergency preparedness and response procedures posted at www.pugetsound.edu/emergency/.  There is a link on the university home page. Familiarize yourself with hall exit doors and the designated gathering area for your class and laboratory buildings. 

·         If building evacuation becomes necessary (e.g. earthquake), meet your instructor at the designated gathering area so she/he can account for your presence.  Then wait for further instructions.  Do not return to the building or classroom until advised by a university emergency response representative.

·         If confronted by an act of violence, be prepared to make quick decisions to protect your safety.  Flee the area by running away from the source of danger if you can safely do so.  If this is not possible, shelter in place by securing classroom or lab doors and windows, closing blinds, and turning off room lights.  Stay low, away from doors and windows, and as close to the interior hallway walls as possible.  Wait for further instructions.