POLISC 150 - Introduction to American Government & Politics - Brian Goldberg
|Course:||Introduction to American Government & Politics|
Political Science150 is an introductory course that seeks to establish a foundation and basis for the understanding of the American government. The course will cover various elements and dynamics of American democracy, the institutional and practical linkage between citizens and their government, and the roles and functions of the individual governmental institutions. A portion of the course will be devoted to understanding the California State government and its relationship with the federal government.
In order to prepare for the quizzes, mid-term and final students must maintain an organized outline of their course notes. The notes should come from the class posts, reading assignments, discussions and any video presentations. The multiple-choice portion of the exams requires the memorization of established doctrines and facts derived from these notes. However, in those assignments students will be required to draw upon their own perspectives and positions in order to present their own thoughts in response to the assigned questions and topics.
What to Expect in this Course
Students will be able to speak knowledgeably of the following subjects: the United States Constitution, federalism, public opinion and the role of news media in government, political parties and interest groups, elections, campaign finance, congress, the presidency, the judiciary, contrasting political theories and American democratic values in general. The learning process should sharpen and refine the students’ ability to understand everyday news and current events relating to the overall governmental structure in the United States. Student participation in discussion is deemed necessary to enhance learning and allows for the continued development of individual speaking and oratory skills. In addition, the exchange of political opinions and experiences is vital to gaining a well-rounded understanding of issues that exist across the political spectrum.
Types of Assessments
online timed exams and quizzes. discussion boards assignments, and final paper.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Textbook Title: We the People (12th Edition – Full Version) by Ginsberg, et. al.
Governing California (7th Edition) by Anagnoson, et. al.
You can also purchase a combined version of the two books at the bookstore which is based on the 12th edition and is cheaper than buying each book separately but you will need to look at the chapter topics to correspond to the syllabus.
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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 946