POLISC 150 - Introduction to American Government and Politics - Phil Gussin
|Course:||Introduction to American Government and Politics|
When I designed this course, I wanted students in my online classes to experience something similar to what happens in my face-to-face classes. To do that, I videotaped all of my lectures in 10 to 15-minute segments. When I was done, there were more than 120 videos on a variety of subjects related to American and California government. In many online classes, most of the material presented is text. In this class, while you still have to read the textbook, you MUST watch the lecture videos in order to succeed. When I grade answers to the essay questions on the exams, I look for specifically for information from the lecture videos. Since I have a unique take on most subjects, it is obvious when students rely on information from other sources. Therefore, the most important thing prospective students should know about this class is that they must watch the lecture videos. Based on past comments, students find the videos both informative and somewhat entertaining.
The class covers a wide range of topics related to American and California government.
What to Expect in this Course
In past evaluations, students indicate that the workload is reasonable. One thing worth noting is that I do not have a lot of due dates. My class is structured in a way that allows students to set their own pace. For students who have other obligations and responsibilities (e.g., work, children, caring for siblings/parents), this feature of the class is extremely helpful. For students who have a tendency to put off assignments until the last minute, the lack of due dates can create problems. If you have a tendency to procrastinate, this class might not be right for you. Alternatively, it might be a good opportunity to start working on that particular issue.
Types of Assessments
There are 15 quizzes based on the readings in the textbook. For each chapter, I provide 25 questions. The quizzes randomly select 10 of the 25 questions. Student can take each quiz twice. When calculating grades, I drop the five lowest quizzes. There are discussion board posts for each set of lecture videos. There are two exams. Most of the points on the exams (80%) are based on essay questions related to the information presented in the lecture videos. This is why it is essential to watch the lecture videos.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The textbook for this class is actually two books in one. The first book, which focuses on the federal government, is title “We The People” by Ginsberg, et al. The second book, which focuses on California government, is titled “Governing California” by Anagnoson, et al. You can purchase the book at the COC Bookstore. ISBN 13 : 9781324022435
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Last updated: 05/27/2022 Sub#: 1373