POL 201 Syllabus

POL 201 Syllabus - POL 201 American National Government...

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1 POL 201 American National Government Fall 2008 Professor Barbara Norrander Lecture: M, W, F 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Office: 326 Social Science Bldg. Bio-Sci East 100 Office hours: M, W 1:30-3:00 p.m. Office phone: 621-8986 E-mail: [email protected] Teaching Assistants For students with last names from A to L Nikkita Edmond Office: 134 Social Science Bldg. Office hour: T 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Office phone: 621-5509 E-mail: [email protected] For students with last names from M to Z Jay Wendland Office: 134 Social Science Bldg. Office hour: T 1:00 – 2:00 Office phone: 621-5509 E-mail: [email protected] The goal of this course is to make the student a more critical observer of American politics by providing a background in the political structures and processes of the United States. The course covers both institutions, such as the U.S. Congress, and the actions of ordinary citizens voting in elections. Basic trends in public policy also will be reviewed. Required Texts Sidlow and Henschen, America at Odds, 5th ed. Norrander and Corbett, American Government: Using MicroCase ExplorIt, 9 th ed. Lecture notes, class syllabus and other class materials are posted at http://d2l.arizona.edu . Posted lecture notes are only outlines, and students are expected to take their own comprehensive notes during class lectures. Course Requirements A. Homework Assignments (10 percent of final grade) Students will complete the Exercises in the Norrander and Corbett, American Government: Using MicroCase ExplorIt, 9 th edition . These exercises will be referred to as the “MicroCase exercises.” There are 15 of these exercises. The exercise with the lowest score (or one missed exercise) will be dropped. No late homework will be accepted under any conditions. Due dates for the homework exercises are listed in the schedule at the end of this syllabus.
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2 Students first need to go to the MicroCase website to download the data and software needed to complete the exercises. The MicroCase website: http://politicalscience.wadsworth.com/norrander_ag9/microcase . You will need the access code from the front of the book to download the data and software. The data and software have a 6-month license for accessing from the website, though once these are on your own computer the data and software will not expire. If you have trouble registering or logging in, contact Technical Support at 1-800-423-0563, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern; Fax 1-859-657-5045; Email [email protected] . Be sure to specify the ISBN 0534602355. For Mac users (sorry the program does not run on Macs) and other students unable to download the MicroCase data, the data and software also are available in the Social Science Building computer lab, room 224. This computer lab is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, except when it is being used by a class. To check when the lab is closed due to another class, consult the schedule at http://datamonster.sbs.arizona.edu/sbsri/lab/
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