POSC 150 - Introduction to American and California Government - Lena Smyth
|Course:||Introduction to American and California Government|
I have been teaching American and California Government at College of the Canyons since 2008. I enjoy exploring current political issues with students in order to better understand the political process. I do not impose my political views and I think critical thinking is imperative. I have a particular expertise with California Government.
This course is an introduction to American and California Government. Students will learn the functions of the three branches of government as well as the influence of political parties, interest groups, and the media on those functions. We will also examine democracy and the role of the U.S. and state constitutions.
What to Expect in this Course
There are 12 lessons for this course that will be posted in the Modules section of the course in Canvas. Each module will contain assignments and quizzes worth 20-30 points per lesson (depending on the reading assigned). Additionally, throughout the semester students must also respond to periodic discussion board threads in which critical thinking questions related to current events and the readings will be asked (worth 10 points each). There will also be a 1200 word minimum term paper on current events as well as a midterm and final worth 100 points each (short term and summer sessions will have one cumulative final exam worth 200 points). Students will need a webcam because all tests will be taken online using Proctorio which is accessible through Google Chrome (tablets will not work).
Types of Assessments
Weekly multiple choice quizzes, written term paper, discussion board, and proctored exams (taken online).
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The Political Science department has adopted a “custom textbook” to reduce costs for students. It is only available in the COC Bookstore. It is essentially made up of the following 2 textbooks (bound together):
- We the People- An Introduction to American Politics (13th Edition)
by Benjamin Ginsberg, Theodore J. Lowi, Margaret Weir (Norton)
2. Governing California (8th Edition) by J. Theodore Anagnoson (Norton)
If you choose not to purchase from the bookstore you can use the individual texts as well.
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Last updated: 11/04/2021 Sub#: 1130