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Political Science 150 - American Government and Politics - Razmig Shirinian

Course:American Government and Politics
Professor:Razmig Shirinian
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Political Science 150. There will be no on ground meetings in this class. All lectures, notes, discussions, class work, and exams will be online. That means, students in this class are required to show strong interest in learning and enjoy reading and writing as much as they enjoy listening and talking. So, you need a reliable computer, a word processing program, and an internet connection. Before you access this class you might want to complete an online tutorial and get acquainted with Canvas. Get this tutorial at:

After completing this tutorial log on to the Canvas class website and ensure your enrollment. You will be able to access the website of this class on Canvas on the first day of the semester, or a day earlier. Students who add this class after it has been activated should expect to be entered into the system in about a day or two.

In order to access Canvas you must have a username and a password. Your User Name is your student ID number and your password is ‘students.’ You can access our course directly at Please log on to the course on the first day of the class to get started. Also, update your email so that I can contact you.

Course Description

In this class we will examine the structure and the functions of American government. The course is designed around weekly readings and analyzing what you have read by answering questions and submitting them on the Discussion Board. During the session you will be answering discussion questions on selected chapters and you will get ideas from one another. You will have to engage yourself in an active learning by raising questions and answering others in order to expand your understanding of the subject matter. Read the posts on the Discussion Board carefully and respond to them with your thoughts and opinion. Be courteous and respectful in your conversation with your classmates.

What to Expect in this Course

The course requires you to write two short essays (about 1000-1200 words each) on selected topics listed in the syllabus. The essays must be an analysis of the subject you choose with a clear format explained in the syllabus. Also, take two short and timed quizzes, and a final test. The due dates are mentioned in the syllabus. Throughout the course, as mentioned above, we will have discussions on topics that I will post on “Discussion Board.” Please respond to each discussion question before the deadline and post two replies to your classmates.

Types of Assessments

In this course we will have: two quizzes (25 points each), two essays (100 points), four or five discussion topics (25 points each), and a final exam (50 points).

Textbook Information

- Ginsberg, Lowi, Weir, We the People: An Introduction to American Politics, W.W. Norton and Company (Twelfth edition, or any edition is acceptable).

The textbook (the new edition) is available for purchase in the College bookstore. I might also post some interesting articles as our discussions move on.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Online Education

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Last updated: 06/11/2021 Sub#: 262