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POLISC 150 - Introduction to American Government and Politics - Dr. M. MOSLEH

Course:Introduction to American Government and Politics
Professor:Dr. M. MOSLEH
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Welcome to POLISC 150 Introduction to American Government and Politics. My name is Majid Mosleh and I am your online professor. I am a Full-Time Faculty member here at College of the Canyons. I hold a Doctoral degree in Political Science from University of Southern California (USC). I began my career as a college professor in 1986 and enjoy teaching various topics in the field of Political Science. Political Science is a fascinating academic discipline. I look forward to working with you over the course of the academic term. Please feel free to contact me with your questions.

Course Description

This section of POLISC 150 is one hundred percent online. This course introduces major concepts, processes, institutions, and issues in the American and California political systems.  Initially, the course will consider the debate over political values.  We will look at the struggle over the U.S. Constitution and the major political ideologies that have evolved in the last two hundred years.  Next, we will consider the role public opinion, the media, political parties, and interest groups play in the political process and the ways in which they influence the branches of government.  We will study the dominant institutions – the Congress, the Presidency, and the Judiciary and their interactions.  Throughout, we will try to identify the underlying value choices at stake by looking at important policy questions. 

What to Expect in this Course

  1. Please log into the course starting on the first day of class.
  2.  You may be dropped from the course if you fail to log in the first day of class.
  3.  Students will not be able to access the course material until the first day of instruction.  If you register within a few days of the academic term, it will take a couple of days before you can access the course. Students on the waitlist should contact their instructor the first day of class for an add code. I will add only from the waitlist and in the order listed on the roster.
  4.  Please use your C.O.C. e-mail address to communicate with your instructor.
  5.  If you experience any technical problems with Canvas, you will need to contact Canvas Technical Support at (661) 362-3344 or e-mail
  6.  The course syllabus is located under “Syllabus”. Your reading assignments, PowerPoint lectures, and deadlines for the academic term can be found under “Modules”. Online discussion is under “Discussion”. Topics and writing instructions for your term paper can be found under “Assignments”. Please review the syllabus as soon as you log in and pay attention to the reading requirements, assignments, and deadlines. Make sure to check your C.O.C. e-mail and the announcement box every day.
  7.  Grades will be posted in the “Gradebook."
  8.  It is the student’s responsibility to drop a class before the deadline; otherwise it will lead to a failing grade for the class.
  9.  In the subject line of your e-mail, please write your full name and section number. It takes between 3-5 days to grade all the papers and assignments.

Types of Assessments

The assessment methods in this class are designed to address the different learning styles of students. There will be three exams, several online discussions, and an analytical paper. Examinations will cover lectures and reading assignments in the main text. There will be three objective tests administered online. Each test contains 50 questions and is worth 100 points. All students are required to take the exams at the scheduled dates. You will have 60 minutes to complete a unit exam in one sitting.
There will be several discussion assignments during the academic term, and you have until the stated due date to complete your responses. The goal of the Discussion Board is to have students interact with one another. The discussion topics cover a range of public policy issues in the United States. Please post one thought-provoking statement about the topic containing 250 words. Every student is required to reply to at least 2 other students. Failure to participate in the Discussion Forum will result in a lower grade in class. When posting on the Discussion Board in your online class, you should:

  1. Make posts that are on topic and within the scope of the course material.
  2. Review and edit your posts before submitting.
  3. Always give proper credit when referencing or quoting another source.
  4. Be sure to read all messages in a threat before replying.
  5. Do not repeat someone else’s post without adding something of you own to it.
  6. Avoid short, generic replies such as, “I agree.” You should include why you agree or add to the previous point. The point of a discussion in an online course is to help you and your classmates learn through in-depth consideration of important topics.
  7. Always be respectful of others’ opinions even when they differ from your own. Please use proper Netiquette (language, tone, and mechanics) when posting comments.
  8. Be open-minded as that is one of the major points of participating in an open classroom discussion.
  9. Use clear and concise language.
  10. Avoid slang terms and texting abbreviations.
  11. Use standard fonts that are optimized for online reading.
  12. Limit and possibly avoid the use of emotions. Not everyone knows how to interpret them.
  13. Be cautious when using humor or sarcasm as tone is sometimes lost in an e-mail or discussion post and your message might be taken literally or offensively.
  14. Be careful sharing personal information online.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Option A: We the People: An Introduction to American Politics by B. Ginsberg, Norton, and Company, 13th edition, 2021, ISBN: 978-0393-427-.035
Governing California in the Twenty-First Century, by T. Anagnoson, Norton, and Company, 7th edition, 2019, ISBN: 978-0-393-53923-3.

Option B: We the People: An Introduction to American Politics by B. Ginsberg, Norton, and Company, 13th edition, 2021, ISBN: 978-1-324-02243-5. This is a Custom Edition text for College of the Canyons which includes both textbooks.

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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 11/18/2021 Sub#: 1022