POLISC 150 - Introduction to American Government and Politics - William Mark
|Course:||Introduction to American Government and Politics|
This course is a survey of the institutions, process, and problems of the American National Government and the California State Government. Emphasis is on the development and principles of the American Constitution, the mechanics of democratic politics and policy-making, and the nations and the state's contemporary challenges.
The Political Science Department has established the following broad guidelines as to what is expected that you will achieve upon completion of this course:
*Identify and explain the basic institutions of the government of the United States and the State of Califonia.
*Compare and contrast democratic theories of American government.
*Exhibit a heightened sense of personal efficacy and civic responsibility.
What to Expect in this Course
There will be a total of 4 exams. Every exam counts since I do not drop any grades. A schedule sets out a date window (usually three days) to take the exams. An announcement will remind you that an exam window is about to open and when it will close. You must take the exam in one sitting and you will have 2 hours to complete the exam. The questions on the exams will come from the lecture notes and from the quizzes at the end of each chapter in the textbook.
Types of Assessments
As mentioned there will be 4 exams at various times during the course. In addition there will be Discussion Board Questions posted each week. You will have approximately 4 to 5 days to respond to these discussions. They vary in point value usually 20 or 30 points each.
Finally, there will be a research paper that will be worth 50 points.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
We The People. Ginsberg, Lowi, Tolbert. Custom12the Edition ISBN 978039343204-6. Norton. This edition is sold in the college bookstore and is a special edition that also contains the California Government text by Anagnosen et al 7th edition as part of the book.
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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 989