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Unformatted text preview: UCLA Department of Political Science Fall 2007 PS 40 TuTh 12:30—1 :45 llaines 39 Prof. Thomas Schwartz Bunche 3240 Office Hours: Tu 3-5 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS This is an introduction both to American politics and to the art of political analysis. It surveys the history of the US political system, examines the gears and levers of its operation, and highlights some analytical themes that illustrate the enterprise of political science. I hope not only to illustrate that enterprise but to engage you in it. READING Lowi, Theodore, Benjamin Ginsberg, and Kenneth Shepsle, American Government, F3"h ed. Norton, 2004. Expository textbook Well, Peter, American Government: Readings and Cases, 17"111 ed. Longman, 2006. Anthology WRITING Midterm essay: About five typed pages, double spaced. Theme drawn from Woll. Critical, interpretative- comparative, or argumentative. Final essay: Same length and source. Analytical in form and content: must flail some phenomenon and lay out reasoning by expressly cone-octng and comparing rival explanatory hypotheses and describing critical tests or other grounds for preferring some of them to others. - Midterm exam: Based on lectures and Lowi. Written answers. long and short- each identifying something or describing how something works. Final exam: Same lbrmat. Longer but not cumulative. ARITHMETIC Each essay: 25 percent of grade Midterm exam: 20 percent Final exam: 30 percent Grade range: 0 to 100, with 90: A, 80: B, etc. Grades will not be normalized (“cum-ed"). Originality counts. Cheaters automatically flunk the course for failing to complete a written assignment: in no case is the assignment to copy someone else’s work. Time counts. Late essays are downgraded. Early exams are allowed only by individual arrangement with TAs. Beyond that, grades reflect claritv, cogency, coherence. and correctness: prose should be lucid, reasoning sound, organization transparent, factual statements accurate—and, of course, grammar, diction, and spelling should be free of error. In borderline cases, some weight is given to upward trend, more to class participation. A brilliant enough essay might count for more than 20 percent of the grade. FORMAT Two lectures and one discussion section per week. Lectures cover nuts and bolts and analytical themes. You are responsible for lecture material not covered by reading. You are n_ot responsible for topics covered by reading but wholly ignored in lectures. Detailed lecture notes, written by Prof. Schwartz, can be viewed directly at http:3!an.sscnet.ucla.eduf0?l:lpolisci40-l l. Discussion sections are conducted as seminars: your role is active. not passive. They address the assigned reading selections in Woll. Essays are based on W011 and class discussion. Essay topics vary from section to section. ATTENDANCE You are expected to attend all classes (not required: expected). Lectures cover sorne exam material not found in the reading. Essay topics and the readings they address are explained and explored in discussion sections. It is nigh impossible for truants to score well. PERSONAL HELP Ifyou have administrative questions, problems, or complaints of any sort (regarding enrollment, grades, exam schedules, or whatnot), see your TA. If you have questions about course content, or if you wish to discuss some course t_op_i§ or question of political science in greater depth, please feel free to see either your TA or Professor Schwartz. If you wish to whine about grades, call your mother, congressman. or oenologist. OUTLINE Introduction 9(27 Scepe and Goals Whv Government? (Lowi, Ch. 1; W011, reading #1) 10/2 Conflict, cooperation, and consent 10M Theory and history The U.S. Constitution (Lowi, Chs. 2, 3, Appendices A 7, A 13. A 25: Woll, 2-11, 16-18) 10/9 The Founding: Baggage 10/1 1 Text IUKIG Amendments and usages The Judicial Branch (Lowi, Chs. 4, 8; Woll, 12—15, 23. 38, 29, 39. 64, 65. 67-70) 10118 Famous cases 10K23 The Federal Court System 10:25 Judicial Legislation Written W’ork 102’30 Midterm exam FIRST ESSAY: this week Pause 1111 Explanation and the Art of Political Analysis The Leoislative Branch (Low-i, Ch. 5; Well, 56, 58, 61, 62) 1116 Congress: Powers and procedures 11/3 Congress: Legislative behavior 11/13 Congress: Policy and strategy The Executive Branch (Lewis Chs. 6, 7;WOH, 45, 46—48, 52, 53) 11115 President’s role 11120 Bureaucracy: Checks and balances revisited Us: The Pogular Branch (Lowi, Chs. 10: 11; W011, 31, 32, 34-37. 43) 1 1127 Political participation 11129 Parties and elections 1214 Presidential elections 1216 Reflections on recent elections Written work 12:10 FINAL EXAM: 3— 5:30 pm SECOND ESSAY: final discussion section ...
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