POLISC-150 Section 56803 - Introduction to American Government and Politics - Dr. Richard Dyke
|Course:||Introduction to American Government and Politics|
|Professor:||Dr. Richard Dyke|
Political Science 150 is a "must" for the college student. It can also be fun as you learn new things and become knowledgeable about government and politics in general. It will introduce you to American government and politics and help you to become a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen. We need knowledgeable and engaged citizens to ensure that our democracy continues to work properly for the benefit of all citizens, and for those like the poor and the uneducated, who need our help to exercise their full citizenship rights and improve the quality of their lives to the maximum extent possible.
In this class, we will learn about our federal government and California state government, including the rights and opportunities these institutions provide and the overall structure of these two types of governments. At the federal level, we will study Congress, the President, and the federal court system, and the many civil liberties and civil rights we enjoy that has made us a model of democracy for the world. There will be similar institutions at the state level, including the California Legislature, the Governor, and the California court system. But the California Constitution is not simply a mirror copy of the U.S. Constitution--there are many differences and we will learn about them. We will will also learn about the "nuts and bolts: of politics, including voter participation, public opinion, the media; interest groups, political parties, and campaigns and elections. We will also focus on political "issues" and U.S. domestic and foreign policies. Through it all, we will learn why money is so important in politics and also why politics keeps changing in some ways, and remains the same in others.
What to Expect in this Course
Because this class is an 8-week class, you can expect to read about two chapters a week. I have prepared study questions that you will need to answer as you read, and they are pretty much found in order in the two books that make up our Political Science Department Custom Text. The study questions will appear on the tests exactly, so your preparation of the answers will pay off.
You will need to have a working computer that can support the Canvas Learning Management System. The whole course will be laid out for you in the Modules Tab. You will proceed through four learning modules and will take a total of 5 or 6 tests, on which you will be graded.
Types of Assessments
There will be one essay test and 4 multiple-choice-questions tests that will be based almost exclusively on the the Study Questions I provide to you for each of the four modules. You will even know the essay study question beforehand, and will have almost unlimited time (until the test) to study and prepare your essay. There will also be a discussion board for each module.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The Political Science Department uses a standard custom text for all classes. The new Custom Edition for 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-324-02243-5) by W.W. Norton & Company (Publishers) will be available at the Cougar Bookstore in the fall. You can buy the two books separately from W.W. Norton & Company if you wish, although it will cost more. The two books are Benjamin Ginsberg (and others), We the People: An Introduction to American Politics, 2021, Thirteenth Edition and J. Theodore Anagnoson (and others), Governing California in the Twenty-First Century, 2021, Eighth Edition.This
Other Relevant Course Information
This is an 8-week online class that is very manageable if you establish a regular study schedule. There are no secrets, and no worrying about what will be on the tests. Everything is laid out for you in the Modules Tab of Canvas. The Study Questions are your guides to the tests in each Module. There are complete instructions for each discussion. I also reserve the right to grade on the curve, which tends to "lift everyone's boat a little" at the end of the class. There is also Extra Credit to give you the opportunity to get the grade you want. In 8-weeks, with a little effort, you can "sail successfully" through the class and earn 3 units of credit.
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Last updated: 05/26/2021 Sub#: 53