AGEC Dealing With Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 M/W/F 10:30 11:20 a.m. in RAWLS PDF

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AGEC Dealing With Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 M/W/F 10:30 11:20 a.m. in RAWLS 1071 Professor Dr. Janet Ayres 617 Krannert Office Hours Please feel welcome to stop by my office anytime. However, if you want to make sure I m available, send me an to make an appointment. I have many Extension meetings and I m frequently out of the office. Course Description and Learning Objectives The purpose of the class is to help you realize your leadership capacity in complex situations about controversial agricultural issues. These are difficult circumstances with multiple stakeholders who have different views about the issues and policy outcomes. The class is intended to help you realize your own cultural values and approaches to conflict and know how to lead collaborative processes with diverse stakeholders to reach agreement. Through readings, class discussion, case studies, role play simulations and guest speakers, you will learn how to work through tough agricultural issues at the community and state level where you can lead and make a difference. After completing this course, you will: 1. Recognize your leadership capacity to deal with controversial issues 2. Understand principles, concepts and approaches to resolving conflict 3. Gain knowledge about various agricultural issues from different perspectives 4. Demonstrate analytical and systems thinking applied to controversial agricultural issues 5. Demonstrate your competency to potentially lead collaborative problem solving Course Website All course materials, including readings, power point presentations and other information, are available at the course website on Blackboard Learn. Course Requirements Attendance Attendance is important. One of the most important leadership principles is the power of presence, the importance of being physically and mentally present in the situation. Attendance is expected for all classes in accordance with university policy found at: AGEC 498 Dealing with Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 Page 1 Attendance will be taken for each class period. Excused absences include Illness lasting more than five days. Note from the doctor is required. me as soon as possible to make arrangements for missed assignments, quizzes, or exam. Attending an official university event. A letter from the sponsoring faculty is required prior to the event. Family emergency as identified in university policy. Short-term illness, interviews and other reasons for missing class are not excused absences. Readings and Class Participation Readings are assigned for nearly all class periods. You are expected to read the assignment before class and come to class prepared to discuss the reading. A leader speaks out, but a wise leader speaks with knowledge. Your participation is important not only for your learning, but for the benefit of others as well. Various readings will be posted on the class website. The course textbook is: Mayer, Bernard. (2012). The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention, 2nd ed. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Assignments A key leadership skill is the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Three assignments are due throughout the semester. These will be short papers that are approximately five double-spaced, typed pages in length. Each paper is worth 40 points and will be graded on the following criteria: Content overall treatment of topic Analysis depth of critical thinking Organization logical ordering of ideas, transitions between paragraphs, coherence, conciseness Grammar correct grammar and usage, spelling, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and proper punctuation. Papers are due by 5:00 pm on the assigned date. You may turn in a hard copy of your paper or send it to me electronically at I will acknowledge receipt of your paper. If you do not receive an response, then assume that I did not receive the paper. You are responsible for sending your paper on time. Papers will not be accepted after 5:00 pm on the assigned date. Speaker Reflection Papers Several guest speakers will address various topics throughout the semester. You are required to write a Speaker Reflection Paper for six of the 9-10 guest speakers. The paper should be a two-page summary that includes: 1. What were the speaker s main points? AGEC 498 Dealing with Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 Page 2 2. What did you learn? This is your critical reflection to analyze what the speaker said in light of topics discussed in class, readings, and assignments. Each paper is worth 20 points and will be graded on content, analysis, organization and grammar. The paper is due the next class period by 5:00 pm. Quizzes and Exams Three quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Each is worth 20 points. An exam will be given before Spring Break and is worth 100 points. Quizzes and the exam will generally consist of multiple choice, true-false questions and essay questions. There is no final exam. Case Study: Team Project You will be assigned to a small group of 3 people by the end of January. Your team will be expected to develop a case study on a timely controversial issue. Specific expectations of this assignment will be given at the time your team is formed. You will be expected to write a fivepage paper and give a class presentation at the end of the semester. The paper is worth 80 points and the presentation is worth 20 points. Grading Grades will be determined on a point basis as follows. Class requirement Points Class attendance and participation 100 Assignments (three assignments 40 points each) 120 Speaker reflection papers (six papers 20 points each) 120 Exam 100 Quizzes (three quizzes 20 points each) 60 Case study paper presentation 80 Presentation 20 TOTAL 600 Grades will be allocated accordingly: Grade Percentage A A A B B B C C C D AGEC 498 Dealing with Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 Page 3 D D F 60 % and below Students with Special Needs It is important that this be a positive learning environment for everyone. If you have a physical or learning disability that requires academic accommodation or other assistance in this course and you are registered with Adaptive Programs in the Office of the Dean of Students (, please speak with me within the first two weeks of the semester. Campus Emergency In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond my control. I will post such changes on the class web page and will send an to account. You are expected to read account frequently. Academic Integrity The university policy on academic misconduct is clear academic dishonesty in any form is strictly prohibited. A guide to academic integrity is provided by the Dean of Students office. See: As a student you should be familiar with it. Understand that in this class cheating will not be tolerated in any form. Students suspected of cheating will be dealt with on an individual basis. I am actively looking for cheaters on exams. If I catch you cheating on an exam, you will be dismissed from this class with a failing grade (F) and you will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action. If I see a cell phone or PDA during an examination, you will be asked to leave the room and immediately given a grade of F for that exam. My Commitment to You I will come to class prepared and make the class as interesting and meaningful as possible. I will be available and willing to talk with you about whatever concerns you have about the class. Please call, stop by my office, or me. I will read your papers and exams, make comments and return them to you as soon as possible. I will do whatever I can to make this class a positive learning environment where you are free to express yourself, explore concepts and learn from others, and develop your leadership capacity. What I Expect From You Attend each class and come to class prepared to discuss the topic that day by having read and completed assignments. AGEC 498 Dealing with Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 Page 4 Actively engage in class discussions by asking questions and making comments. Show respect to others during class which means: Turning off your cell phone Not using your laptop or cell phone during class Not leaving during class to go to the restroom unless an emergency Not eating snacks during class or doing other things that are distracting Act with integrity as expected by the student code of conduct which is posted at AGEC 498 Dealing with Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 Page 5 2013 Class Schedule Date Topic Reading/Assignment M, 1/07 Course introduction: Syllabus; introductions; class expectations W, 1/09 Class framework and what makes issues controversial F, 1/11 Guest speaker: Denise Derrer, Public Information Director, IN State Board of Animal Health Topic: Raw milk controversy Syllabus; introductions; class expectations Review the 4 websites listed on Blackboard Learn Read Raw Milk FAQs and be prepared to ask questions M, 1/14 Nature of conflict: Interpersonal level Read: Chapter 1, The Nature of Conflict and be prepared to discuss Speaker reflection paper due W, 1/16 Nature of conflict: Public issues Read: Understanding Public Disputes: The Spiral of Unmanaged Conflict F, 1/18 Approaches to conflict Read: Chapter 2, How People Approach Conflict and be prepared to discuss M, 1/21 MLK Day no class W, 1/23 Approaches to conflict and role of leadership Chapter 2 (continued) F, 1/25 Types and sources of power Read: Chapter 3, Power and Conflict Quiz #1 M, 1/28 Guest speaker: Dr. Tamilee Nennich, Assoc. Professor, Department of Animal Sciences Topic: Sources of conflict around CAFOs W, 1/30 Guest speaker: Mr. Don Villwock President, Indiana Farm Bureau Topic: Current controversial issues in agriculture F, 2/1 Guest speaker: Dr. Mark Russell, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences Topic: Perspectives on horse Assignment #1 due Go to the Indiana Farm Bureau website and identify controversial issues in which FB is engaged Speaker reflection paper due Read at least two news articles about horse slaughter and be prepared to discuss in class Speaker reflection paper due AGEC 498 Dealing with Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 Page 6 slaughter: The role of culture M, 2/4 Discussion about controversial Speaker reflection paper due issues raised by speakers; discussion of Assignment #1 W, 2/6 Role of culture in conflict Read: chapter 4, Culture and Conflict F, 2/8 Role of culture in conflict Chapter 4 (continued) M, 2/11 Role of data and information in conflict To be assigned W, 2/13 Guest speaker: Dr. Karen Plaut, Director of Ag Research Programs & Assoc. Dean of Agriculture Topic: Role of science in decision making F, 2/15 Resolving conflict Read chapter 5, Resolving Conflict Speaker reflection paper due M, 2/18 Resolving conflict Quiz #2 W, 2/20 Engaging conflict Read chapter 6, Engaging Conflict F, 2/22 Engaging conflict Assignment #2 due M, 2/25 Role of public in controversial issues To be assigned W, 2/27 Guest speaker: Role of news media To be assigned F, 3/1 Guest speaker: Speaker reflection paper due M, 3/4 Guest speaker: Dr. Abigail Borron, Speaker reflection paper due YDAE Role of Social Media W, 3/6 Review for mid-term exam Speaker reflection paper due F, 3/8 Mid-term exam 3/ Spring Break Have fun! M, 3/18 Communication: Barriers to effective communication Read chapter 7, Communication AGEC 498 Dealing with Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 Page 7 W, 3/20 Effective communication: Listening Chapter 7 (continued) and speaking F, 3/22 Effective communication: Reframing Chapter 7 (continued) Quiz #3 M, 3/25 Guest speaker: To be assigned W, 3/27 Negotiation Chapter 8, Negotiation F, 3/29 Negotiation Negotiation (continued) M, 4/1 Negotiation practice Read role play situation W, 4/3 Negotiation practice F, 4/5 Negotiation practice Assignment #3 due M, 4/8 Guest speaker To be assigned W, 4/10 Discussion on negotiation F, 4/12 Class presentations Team papers due M, 4/15 Class presentations W, 4/17 Class presentations F, 4/19 Class presentations M, 4/22 Discussion on presentations and Read: Leadership in Conflict role of leadership W, 4/24 Guest speaker: Dr. Marcos Read: The Mediator Fernandez, Associate Dean of Agriculture/Director of Academic Programs Topic: Conflict and leadership F, 4/26 Class summary Speaker reflection paper due AGEC 498 Dealing with Controversial Issues in Agriculture Spring 2013 Page 8
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