POLISC-150 - Introduction to American Government/Politics - Jim Starkey
|Course:||Introduction to American Government/Politics|
Hello, I'm Professor Jim Starkey, and over the next few weeks, we'll be going on an interesting voyage together exploring American government and politics. Quite honestly, with everything going on in the world of American politics at the moment, you couldn't have chosen a better time to take this course. It won't be long, but it promises to be interesting!
What are we going to be doing on this journey together? Well, the formal course description is listed a little further along in this letter, but informally, there will be many interesting stops. Among them:
1) First, In the creation of the United States Constitution, we will meet 3 of our 50 cousin states: our oddball cousin, our most loyal cousin, and our smartest cousin. And, we'll find out how they played key roles in the development and ratification of our nation's premier civic document.
2) Also, we will learn that the nearby San Andreas Fault isn't the only thing capable of producing earthquakes. Political parties also produce them, and, like the San Andreas, produce them pretty consistently over time.
3) In addition, we'll answer the burning question of how the movie Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory relates to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This course provides an overview of the American governmental system, processes, and participation at the federal and state levels. Key theories that will be covered include the founding of the Republic, the construction of the Constitution, federalism, public opinion & the news media, social movements, political party development, campaigns, elections & voting, Congress, the Presidency, the structure of the court system, domestic & foreign policy, and California state government. The textbook will be augmented by multi-media presentations and articles retrieved from the World Wide Web.
What to Expect in this Course
Since this is a five-week course, there will be an intense workload; keep in mind, what we are doing is stuffing 17 weeks of work into 5 weeks; I don't say that to scare you, but to be honest with you about what to expect. So,anticipate multiple quizzes, writing assignments, and discussions each week. There will be one formal exam, on the very last day of the term.
Learning Management System: CANVAS
Types of Assessments
2) Writing assignments
4) 1 Exam
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Textbook Title: We The People, 12th Edition
Governing California in the Twenty-First Century, 8th Edition
The last thing I want to do in the midst of an economic depression is burden students with the high cost of textbook. So, find the cheapest copy of each edition of the required textbooks that you can; the best value is buying the E-Book versions of the required textbooks The ISBN's for each book are posted below, along with a link to Norton, the publisher of them.
We The People: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393679571
Governing California in the Twenty-First Century: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393539233
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Bring your sense of humor! I love to laugh, and political humor is an essential part of this course!
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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1071