Spring 2008 Syllabus - Washington State...

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Page 1 of 4 Washington State University—Political Science 101 Syllabus—Spring 2008 Instructor: Rob Mellen Jr . Email: rbmjr@wsu.edu 710 Johnson Tower Office Hours: MW 10-12 Course Description This course will introduce you to the major institutions and processes of American national government. By the end of the semester, you should have a better understanding of government and politics in the United States. My objectives are to enhance your knowledge about American political history and policy-making, to encourage you to think critically about the contemporary structures of American government, and to help you better appreciate the importance of political education and participation in a democracy. I may discuss topics in class that are not covered in the textbook. This material will be on the exams. Therefore , it is strongly advised that you make every effort to attend all class meetings. Course Texts Janda, Berry, Goldman, The Challenge of Democracy , 9th Edition The Lanahan Readings in The American Polity , 4 th Edition The New York Times (or any other national newspaper such as the LA Times , WA Post , or Wall Street Journal ) Both texts are required and exam questions will be drawn directly from the texts. You are strongly urged to keep abreast of current events from the newspaper as we will
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