GOVT 4368 Dr. Greg Thielemann
The Leadership Seminar
GR. 3.604 972-883-2048
Thursday 2-3:15  Office: GR 2.534
  Office Hours: T, R, 11:30-12:30, T 4:45-5:35 or by appointment


The Leadership Seminar is a unique two-semester course designed to give exceptional students the chance to interact with Texas policy makers.   Even though the course will be scheduled in each term for a 1.5-hour block, students will not exceed the 45 hours of class time required in a three-hour course.  Thus, the 45 hours will be spread out over the entire year rather than the fall term. In the fall term, most events will take place during the scheduled class time period.   In the Spring term, we will be traveling to Austin to interact with the members of the Texas Legislature.

Students are expected to develop an understanding of political leadership and become experts on one particular leader through the completion of the term paper.

Required Text:

The Prince, Machiavelli, Daniel Donno Intro, Bantom 1981.

Buck Up, Suck Up…and Come Back When you Foul Up.  James Carville and Paul Begala, Simon and Schuster, 2002.



40% Class Participation.  This means that you need to attend the events and participate in the discussion.

60% Term paper.  This is a term paper on an American leader from the previous 70 years who has inspired you.  You will work with me on selecting a topic and complete an original research paper on this person’s individual leadership style.  There are a number of hard deadlines that must be met in order to allow you to be successful in this assignment.   


    1. Discuss your ideas with me individually before September 7.

    2. Turn in a one-paragraph description of your topic on September 14.

    3. Complete and turn in an annotated bibliography on your topic by November 7.

    4. Turn in a detailed outline of your paper by January 18.

    5. Turn in a completed rough draft by March 8.

    6. Turn in the final paper before April 12.


Failure to meet these deadlines may result in deductions from your final grade. 

August 17 Pick up Syllabus
August 24 Intro Lecture
August 31 Class discussion of The Prince
September 7 The Prince, Part 2
September 14 Individual Meetings / Turn in topic
September 21 Speaker Forum
September 28 Speaker Forum
October 5 Speaker Forum
October 19 Speaker Forum
October 26 Buck Up ... Rules 1-6
November 2 Buck Up ... Rules 7-end
November 7 Turn in annotated bibliography
November 9 Individual Meetings
November 16 Individual Meetings