PolSci1L01Wildssprig16-5 - Political Science 1 An...

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Political Science 1: An Introduction to American Government Instructor: Kevin Wilds Semester: Spring 2016 Section Number: L01 Classroom: 711 Political Science 1: M 8:00-9:15 Office: Faculty Wing Room 2 Office Hours: Coalinga MWF 10:00-11:00; Lemoore T-Th – 11:00-12:00 Contact Number: (559) 935-2765 E-Mail: [email protected] Course Description: POLSCI 1 is an introductory study of American government at the national, state and local level. Included are the institutions, processes and policies of the United States and of California. This course satisfies, in part, the American history and institutions requirements for CSU. (AA, CSU, UC) Course Objectives: When students complete this course they will be able to: - analyze the foundational philosophy of United States government and the constitution. - differentiate federal and state structures of government and explain the role of each - explain the political process of government - integrate current controversial issues with classroom material - explain the rights and liberties of individuals as articulated in the U.S. constitution and federal court decisions - analyze the role of culture, diversity and ideology in shaping public opinion and public policy Student Learning Outcomes At the completion of this course students are expected to know, - Differences between the three branches of government. - The functions of each branch of government. - The purpose of the national and state governments. - Powers of the Federal Government. - Structure and function of the California State government. Course Content: - Political philosophies of the framers and critics of the constitution - Process of amending the U.S. and California Constituions
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- Federalism as a theory and in practice - Contemporary operation of governmental institutions - Civil liberties and civil rights given by the constitution and court decisions - Contemporary issues of California state and local institutions with relation to the federal system -
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