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PS 1, Fall 2013 (CSF-Irv) 1 POLITICAL SCIENCE 1: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (CSF-Irv Room 264, TuTh 9:30- 10:50 AM) Professor: Joon S. Kil, Ph.D. Email: [email protected] Office hours: Monday, 11am -1pm and Friday, noon to 1pm at IVC campus; Tuesday, 11am-1pm at CSUF-Irv campus Office: BSTIC 201A at IVC; Room 232 at CSUF-Irv Phone: 949-451-5520 at IVC COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides a survey of the principles, personalities, problems, and issues of government at the national, state and local levels. Topics include the U.S. Constitution; federalism and state constitutions, with special emphasis on California; political ideologies; political parties, interest groups and elections; the legislature; the presidency and the federal bureaucracy; the judiciary; and domestic and foreign policy making. STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Analyze local, state and national policymaking processes. 2. Analyze the role of various political actors in the policymaking process. 3. Analyze contemporary political issues. 4. Evaluate theoretical concepts such as 'democracy', 'rights,' and 'equality'. 5. Evaluate political issues from the standpoint of various ideological perspectives. 6. Understand and correctly apply important terms and concepts used in the study of American government, such as 'bureaucracy', 'federalism', and 'public policy'. Student Learning Outcomes (from TracDat) 1. Students will be able to analyze contemporary political issues and present different viewpoints. 2. Upon the completion of PS 1, students will be able to define policymaking, explain a way in which individuals, interest groups, OR political parties
PS 1, Fall 2013 (CSF-Irv) 2 participate in policymaking, and the relative policymaking of one of these three actors. 3. At the completion of PS 1, students will be able to define key concepts in American Government (such as politics, capitalism, federalism, civil liberties, civil rights, grants of power in the U.S. Constitution, checks and balances, political parties, conservatism/liberalism, and public policy). REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS The following books have been ordered through IVC bookstore: Patterson, Thomas E. 2013. We the People: A Concise Introduction to American Politics, Tenth Edition . New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780078114342 (This is a customized IVC version with access code for McGraw- Hill’s Connect platform. On the cover, it says American Government, PS 1). Scarpelli, Craig. 2011. California in the American System. New York: McGraw- Hill. ISBN 9781121528192 (This is a customized book. On the cover, it says California Government, Joon Kil, although I am not the author of this book. The book is only available from IVC bookstore). I strongly recommend that students purchase the textbooks through the IVC bookstore. They are both customized editions. All quizzes, exams, and assignments are based on editions stated above. Copies of each book are on reserve at the IVC Library.

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