POLS 1500: Themes in Global Politics Ohio University, Dr.Brandon Kendhammer

Exam Grading Rubric

Identification Questions (5 terms, 5 points each=25 points)

Points Awarded Description
10-9 Response provides an unambiguous, precise definition of the term, using relevant examples where necessary for clarity’s sake.  Response provides a clear description of the term’s significance, with reference to other course terms or concepts if necessary.
8-7 Response provides a (basically) accurate definition of the term and description of the term’s significance, but is either not entirely precise and/or lacks relevant examples.
6-5 Response indicates an understanding of the term and its significance, but makes one or more major errors or omissions, and/or is vague or lacking in detail or examples.
4-2 Response makes an effort to define or contextualize term, but lacks any clarity or is markedly off-base.
1-0 Response makes no real effort to define or contextualize term, or response is completely incorrect (perhaps confusing the term with another).

Short Answer (1 of 2 prompts, 50 points)

Points Awarded Description
50-45 Answer responds to all parts of the question.  Answer is accurate and specific, with references to readings, podcasts, and films where appropriate and necessary. Answer is clearly and cogently written, and organized in a logical manner.
45-40 Answer responds to most parts of the question.  Answer is generally accurate and specific and references most relevant readings, films, and podcasts where appropriate and necessary, but lacks the some important detail and/or depth.  Answer is generally clear and mostly convincing, but neglects some important point, is logically unclear at a crucial spot in the argument, or is not entirely well-organized.
39-30 Answer contains at least 1 (one) major fault: Fails to respond to some important part of the question; fails to reference the most obvious/relevant reading, podcast, or film and/or substantially misinterprets its meaning or significance; Answer lacks logical coherence or is disorganized enough to make it difficult to follow.
29-20 Answer contains at least 2 (two) major faults: Fails to respond to some important part of the question; fails to reference the most obvious/relevant reading, podcast, or film and/or substantially misinterprets its meaning or significance; Answer lacks logical coherence or is disorganized enough to make it difficult to follow.
19-1 Answer contains 3 (three) major faults: Fails to respond to some important part of the question; fails to reference the most obvious/relevant reading, podcast, or film and/or substantially misinterprets its meaning or significance; Answer lacks logical coherence or is disorganized enough to make it difficult to follow.
0 No attempt at answering the question asked.