Since 1876

Spring semester, 2005
John E. Semonche
Jordan M. Smith

Students will find these web sites useful during the course.

The assignments listed below are to be read in preparation for class on the day listed. The titles listed below, except for the Semonche book, are available in Student Stores. You will find the simulations in a coursepack shelved among the other course packs in Student Stores.






1.     The publishers of your text and documents book have endeavored to keep the treatment up-to-date by providing you with access to a website that does just that. To get very recent decisions of the Supreme Court you will have to tap into other sites listed at the beginning of the online syllabus, but for cases and other matters linked to your reading consult the following URL: http://ww3.oup-sus.org/sc/0195126343. Feel free to explore this site prior to the due date of the assignment listed above.

2.     The five simulations listed above are class exercises that are designed to involve you in the decision-making process. They are bound together with an introduction in a coursepack. Together you will work through to solutions that may or may not accord with the historical record.

3.     Most of our other class time will be spent in discussing the reading and its implications. It is imperative that you keep up with your assignments on a daily basis, for much of what comes later is built upon a firm understanding of basic concepts as they are developed. Also, without daily preparation you will not understand what is going on in class and be ill-prepared at examination time. The reading is not light, but let me know if you are unable to complete it within a reasonable time.

4.     The home page for the course, which includes the online sylllabus and a useful array of web sites, including some on impeachment, is located at http://www.ibiblio.org/semche/history/syl15805.html.

5.     One take-home mid-term examination is listed in the syllabus. You will be given the exam approximately one week before the due date listed. If there is class demand an optional quiz can be given sometime in early April. Assuming only the mid-term examination, it will count 30% of your course grade. The paper will also count 30% and the final exam 40%. Good class participation in the simulations and discussion may result in raising your grade in the course. Conversely, poor performance in class simulations and discussion periods may result in lowering your grade in the course.

6.     Troubled in the past by term papers that are onerous in the doing and in the reading, the following options are presented:

Both of these options leave you considerable room to do the type of work that you consider most useful. The guidelines can be made more definite, but at this time they are presented as ideas that you can shape in terms of your own interests and talents.

Because in any group there are individuals who have some special interest that may not fit into either of the first two options, a third option is presented. With prior approval from the instructor any student wishing to do a traditional term paper on a manageable subject can do it. If I am correct in the assumption that a paper has more value if it arises from our class periods, most of you will see the worth of taking one of the first two options. Those of you who, upon reflection, feel differently will not be at any disadvantage in pursuing the more familiar.

Length of the "papers" will vary with the option selected, but as a target let us figure about 15 double-spaced typewritten pages. Whether you write more or less is not important; what is important is doing the job you select well.

Remember the due date of the papers is April 5, 2005.

7.     John Semonche can be found in Hamilton 416, and his regular office hours will be from 10:15-10:45 a.m. TuTh, and 2-3:15 p.m. Jordan Smith will be available by appointment. Do, however, take the opportunity to schedule times that will be most convenient to you. His office phone number is 962-8079; and email address is semche@email.unc.edu. His home page can be found at http://www.ibiblio.org/semche/history/jackweb.html.

This page was created by John E. Semonche. It was last updated January 2005. If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to contact Semonche here.