Political Theory @ Southern Miss

Everything political theory: from Enheduanna to Charles Mills. Click on a course page (toggle to sidebar navigation is in the top left corner) to find full syllabi for the course you are taking.

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Contact Information

Marek Steedman

413 Liberal Arts Building



Fall office hours: MW 3-4pm, and by appointment

Getting in Touch

  1. For quick questions about the class, please use the email address above. You should us a valid usm.edu email account whenever possible.
  2. For discussions about the material office hours are better than email. Simply stop by my office (see above) during the listed hours, or email for an appointment.


Don't approach these texts like easy-going, casual acquaintances; approach them like cranky, difficult people who you need to get to know to appreciate. You are going to have to read these texts slowly, possibly more than once. You may still not understand them fully.

General principles:

  • Read through the text once, carefully, trying to figure out what it is saying and how.
  • Take notes, underline the words or phrases that caught your attention.
  • Then go back to passages that were difficult, thought provoking, or annoying to see why they seemed so.
  • Be patient, and budget your time appropriately.
  • "Carefully" does not mean you read it over quickly a few minutes before class.


Each theory course is distinctive, but the general structure is similar for all. I generally use a mix of lecture and guided discussion – but with the emphasis squarely on discussion.

  • For this to work, you must have read the assigned text with some care before coming to class.
  • You should be prepared with your own thoughts and reactions (however provisional).
  • You will be best prepared if you write them down and bring them to class.


I take plagiarism and other forms of cheating or academic misconduct extremely seriously. If found to be cheating you may receive a failing grade for the assignment, or for the course as a whole. General guidelines for papers can be found here, along with a statement on plagiarism.

Important University Policies and Resources:


To access the online components of this course, you must first go to https://usm.instructure.com/login/canvas, then follow the log-in instructions. You will need to have your EMPLID and password (the same information you use to access SOAR and register for classes). If you have any questions or run into difficulty accessing the Canvas material for this course, please call the iTech Help Desk at 601-266-4357 or helpdesk@usm.edu. You can also get specific instructions on how to use components of Canvas by visiting www.usm.edu/lec.


USM recognizes that students sometimes experience challenges that make learning difficult. If you find that life stressors such as academic workload, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, difficulty concentrating, alcohol/drug problems, or other stressful experiences are interfering with your academic or personal success, consider contacting Student Counseling Services on campus at 601-266-4829. More information is also available at https://www.usm.edu/student-counseling-services. All students are eligible for free, confidential individual or group counseling services. In the event of emergency, please call 911 or contact the counselor on call at 601-606-HELP (4357).


If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information on appropriate policies and procedures. Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical disabilities, or chronic health disorders. Students can contact ODA if they are not certain whether a medical condition/disability qualifies.


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Office for Disability Accommodations

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Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Voice Telephone: 601.266.5024 or 228.214.3232 Fax: 601.266.6035

Individuals with hearing impairments can contact ODA using the Mississippi Relay Service at 1.800.582.2233 (TTY) or email ODA at oda@usm.edu.


All students at the University of Southern Mississippi are expected to demonstrate the highest levels of academic integrity in all that they do. Forms of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to):

  • Cheating (including copying from others’ work)
  • Plagiarism (representing another person’s words or ideas as your own; failure to properly cite the source of your information, argument, or concepts)
  • Falsification of documents
  • Disclosure of test or other assignment content to another student
  • Submission of the same paper or other assignment to more than one class without the explicit approval of all faculty members’ involved
  • Unauthorized academic collaboration with others
  • Conspiracy to engage in academic misconduct

Engaging in any of these behaviors or supporting others who do so will result in academic penalties and/or other sanctions. If a faculty member determines that a student has violated our Academic Integrity Policy, sanctions ranging from resubmission of work to course failure may occur, including the possibility of receiving a grade of “XF” for the course, which will be on the student’s transcript with the notation “Failure due to academic misconduct.” For more details, please see the University’s Academic Integrity Policy: https://www.usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-acaf-pro-012. Note that repeated acts of academic misconduct will lead to expulsion from the University.


The Writing Center is a free program available to all student writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. It offers one-on-one help with any kind of writing project, at any stage of the writing process. The Writing Center is located in Cook Library 112. For more information, and hours of operation, you may contact The Writing Center at 601-266-4821, or visit the website at: www.usm.edu/writingcenter.


The University of Southern Mississippi offers a Speaking Center, with consultations available at no cost to all students, faculty, and staff. The center is available for advice on all types of oral communication—formal individual presentations, group presentations, class discussion, class debates, interviews, campus speeches, etc. The center also offers several practice rooms for recording presentations and practicing with delivery aids (PowerPoint and internet access are available). Visit the center in Cook Library 117, call the center at 601-266-4965, or visit the website at www.usm.edu/speakingcenter.

Career Services

Why wait until your senior year to start thinking about your career? Career Services is free, open to all students, and able to assist you now. Students are strongly encouraged to stop by for guidance with selecting an academic major, choosing a career, seeking an internship, finding a part-time job or entering the full-time job search.

Career Services is located in #125 McLemore Hall (601.266.4153) and also provides an array of resources available online at www.usm.edu/career-services. Please check out the online info, and call to set up a personalized appointment now!

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Marek D. Steedman 2017-2018