Important Information

Religious Observance Policy
Students are permitted to miss class in observance of religious holidays and other activities observed by a religious group of which the student is a member without academic penalty.  Exercising of one’s rights under this policy is subject to the GC Honor Code.  Students who miss class in observance of a religious holiday or event are required to make up the coursework missed as a result from the absence.  The nature of the make-up assignments and the deadline for completion of such assignments are at the sole discretion of the instructor.  Failure to follow the prescribed procedures voids all student rights under this policy. 

Assistance for Student Needs Related to Disability
If you have a disability as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, you may be eligible to receive accommodations to assist in programmatic and physical accessibility.  Disability Services, a unit of the GCSU Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, can assist you in formulating a reasonable accommodation plan and in providing support in developing appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to all GCSU programs and facilities. Course requirements will not be waived, but accommodations may assist you in meeting the requirements.  For documentation requirements and for additional information, we recommend that you contact Disability Services located in Maxwell Student Union at 478-445-5931 or 478-445-4233.

Student Opinion Surveys Statement
Given the technological sophistication of Georgia College students, the student opinion survey is being delivered through an online process. Your constructive feedback plays an indispensable role in shaping quality education at Georgia College. All responses are completely confidential and your name is not stored with your responses in any way. In addition, instructors will not see any results of the opinion survey until after final grades are submitted to the University. An invitation to complete the online opinion survey is distributed to students near the end of the semester. Your participation in this very important process is greatly appreciated.

Academic Honesty 
The integrity of students and their written and oral work is a critical component of the academic process.  The submission of another’s work as one’s own is plagiarism and will be dealt with using the procedures outlined in the following link  Remember that allowing another student to copy one’s own work violates standards of academic integrity. Please note the graduate link is

Also see the student Honor Code at the website below:

Fire Drills
Fire drills will be conducted annually. In the event of a fire alarm, students will exit the building in a quick and orderly manner through the nearest hallway exit. Learn the floor plan and exits of the building. Do not use elevators. If you encounter heavy smoke, crawl on the floor so as to gain fresh air. Assist disabled persons and others if possible without endangering your own life. Assemble for a head count on the front lawn of main campus or other designated assembly area.

For more information on other emergencies, please visit  

Cheating will not be tolerated. It comes in a variety of forms, including plagiarism. If you are unfamiliar with the offense of plagiarism, please ask your instructor. Also, please note that no work done in other classes will be accepted to fulfill requirements in this class. Please note that if you are assigned take-home exams and/or essays, you must work alone on these assignments. Anything else is cheating.

Class Participation:
Class discussion, including questions, comments, and disagreements, is welcome, but in order to contribute well to discussions, you need to read the material before hand. Since this class only meets twice a week, missing two classes is the same as missing a week of class. For that reason, if you should miss more than four class meetings, it will be impossible to make an "A" in the class. If you miss more than six classes, it will be impossible to make a "B." In some cases, make-up work might be offered to make up for an absence, but that will be at the discretion of the instructor and only in extreme cases.

In cases of borderline grades, those who have contributed well to class participation may receive additional credit. Intelligent participation in a class like this means that you must keep up with current affairs and be prepared to discuss them in light of the principles we are studying. You’ll also be expected to include discussion of current affairs on your exams. You are also required to read the articles in the reserve reading section of the on-line version of this syllabus and be prepared to discuss those articles in class and on exams.  

Please note that messages and last minute assignments--and even a class cancellation--will be periodically posted at the top of this syllabus. Please check it daily. You may receive no other notice. 

NOTE: Please bring your text to class every day, that is, the text we happen to be dealing with at the time as best you can anticipate it. Since this is a text-based class, our principle discussion each class will focus intensely on the assigned text. 

Furthermore, there is a great deal of material to cover in this class so that the class period will be fast-moving. Please do your best to keep up because there is no time to review the material before the exams.

© Hank Edmondson 2012