PPG1000-2 Week 1

… agenda for PPG1000, section 2, 12 September 2016.

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How will classes in Section 2 be organized?
What is governance? What are institutions?

0.1 – Review of agenda – more “Other business”?

0.2 – What your instructor (or anyone else) can learn about you from the Internet

  • Class database – search <political science>, <economics>, <philosophy>, <united nations>, <coach>, <ministry>, <ottawa>, etc.
  • Online profiles (e.g., LinkedIn)
What's half a century!

What’s half a century!

0.3 – What you can learn about your instructor (including resources for Institutional Analysis topic 4 – Modernization of Ontario’s universities)

1 – Class format: a meeting in an institutional governance setting (e.g., HKS Brainstorming, TBS Division, Economic DMs, P&P, CCA Executive, Philosophers Lunch, TBSAC, IMF Executive Board, KPMG Partners, COU, IRPP, INAC DAC, SPPG Faculty)

  • PPG1000-2 as an institution – see Creating a Team
  • Innovation, risk, and (relatively) safe places to fail – see Teaching Tips
  • Experiential learning – see Teaching Tips
  • Devices in class – see Teaching Tips
  • Class norms – e.g., on tweeting or photographing or recording in class
  • Hours of study per week – see Atlas Standards
  • What public policy professors are asked in providing a reference for a student

2 – Instructor’s slides: Atlas pages (topic and concept pages) rather than PowerPoint

3 – PPG1000 course outline (Toronto PPG1000 Governance and Institutions) and its relation to Governance and Institutions and to Atlas100 Governance and Institutions

  • Participation and marking (with possible reflections session in Week 12)
  • Institutional Analysis Assignment and marking
    • Course Design Question 1: To what extent can an Institutional Analysis Assignment resemble a “change project” in a Leading Change course?
    • Course Design Question 2: How much class time should be devoted to student discussion of individual Institutional Analysis Assignments? Proposed round-the-table items on: Sept 21; Sept 28; Oct 19; Nov 16; Nov 30.
    • Course Design Question 3: To what extent should students be encouraged to collaborate in doing research and reefing their thinking on the topic they select for the Institutional Analysis Assignment?
  • How Not to Plagiarize – see http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/how-not-to-plagiarize
  • Prof. Eidelman’s (a.k.a. Chicago) Manual of Style

4 – Standard questions to 2-3 students each week to start the seminar discussion – see Teaching Tips, Why Cold-Calling on Students Works, David Gooblar (2016):

  • What was the most useful insight you gained from the readings?
  • How this insight has changed your understanding of a) an experience you have had within or at the hands of an institution, or b) a governance matter currently in the news?

5 – Professional skills: frequent reference to concepts (“effective practices”) associated with communication and with working in institutions, particularly from Atlas109 Leadership and Communication:

6 – Round the table introductions – Each student to describe, in about one minute total:

  1. Previous university courses dealing with governance and institutions
  2. Previous personal experience with governance and institutions
  3. Where and/or how you hope to apply what you learn in PPG1000

7 – Presentation on the core concepts in The Study of Governance and Institutions

8 – Seminar discussion

9 – Other business

10 – Next week: PPG1000-2 Week 2

  • Readings for Constitutional Framework
    • Malcolmson, Patrick, and Richard Myers. 2012. “The Constitution,” in The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada, 5th ed.
    • Aucoin, Peter, Mark D. Jarvis, and Lori Turnbull. 2011. Excerpt from Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

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