POLISC-150 - Intro-Amer Government/Politics - S. Reti
|Course Length:||5 week|
|Textbook Title:||This is a Zero-Textbook Cost Course: American Government by OpenStax (on College of the Canyons ZTC link)|
|Types of Assessments:||Short answer and open-book essay exam questions|
At last! A Political Science course with a free textbook! In this course, we will examine how American politics works, develop our own opinions and share them with one another, and consider how we can improve the American political system.
We begin by determining our own ideologies. Are you a communist? A liberal? A conservative? A libertarian? An independent? It's okay to not know who you are. We study how the ideas of the Framers shaped the U.S. Constitutional system. Next, we examine all the different ways to get involved: voting, interest groups, political parties, campaigning, etc. I ask you to relate what we are studying to current political events. Third, we study how the institutions of government respond to our demands. What reforms are appropriate to improve our political system?
The objectives of this class are to help you analyze and evaluate American and California politics. A typical week involves reading from our ZTC American politics textbook and from online resources and texts about California politics and then responding to short essay questions. I include a short video introduction each week for most assignments and PowerPoint slides to provide current information about the topics. The discussion board helps you brainstorm with one another about the issues that are presented each week. There are also three essay exams that help you synthesize what you have learned in each unit.
Most students excel in this course. If you like reading and writing, and can work independently, you will do just fine. All the work is online. I am happy to meet with you on Zoom to discuss material as you need, during regular office hours or by appointment.
I have taught the online PS 150 for several years now. I find most people do quite well in the course. Additionally, I teach the regular Political Science 150 course at the College of the Canyons. I always enjoy the discussions that we have together.
I have a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara. I emphasize critical thinking skills and treat the course as an opportunity for you to better know your own political philosophy and points of view, rather than a course just about political facts.
What to Expect in this Course
Expect to engage in a great deal of exploring about how American and California politics works! Expect to do quite a bit of reading and sharing of research and opinions.
Additional Textbook Information / Link to OER Textbook
Go to the COC Online Education website, under Zero-cost Textbooks, political science for our free book. Here's the link: https://www.canyons.edu/academics/onlineeducation/ztc/textbooks.php
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I look forward to working with you.
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Last updated: 10/18/2020 Sub # Orig: 1789