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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona PLS 201 Introduction to American Government *SYLLABUS* Professor Murniz Allen Coson Fall Quarter 2009 Classroom Hours: MWF 8:00 am – 9:05 am, 9:15 am – 10:20 am, and 10:30 am – 11:35 am Office Hours: MW 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, and/or by appointment Office Location: Bldg. 94-308 Office Phone: (909) 869-3880 E-mail: [email protected] Course Description: This course is an introduction to American Government and the different formal and informal institutions that affect the political, economical, and sociological systems of our society. We will discuss the formation of the Constitution as well as the historical events that have occurred in the development of today’s constitution. In addition, a substantial amount of class discussion will be devoted to the Federal System and the three branches of government: the Legislature, the Executive, and the Judiciary. This course will also provide insights with the campaign and election system, the nomination process, and the relationship between special interest groups and political parties. Finally, we will compare and contrast the similarities and differences of state, local, and tribal governments as well as touch upon historical cases that has created and formed our society today. The last section of this course will examine the need to continually finance our government in years to come. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the formation of the Constitution and the historical events that developed the constitution of today. Students will also be able to recognize the functions of our Federal System and the three branches within its jurisdiction. In addition, students will be aware of the nomination process, the political parties, and interest groups that contribute to the electoral system as well as distinguish the interrelationship between public opinion, mass media, and voting. Lastly, students will be able to differentiate local and tribal governments, and be able to identify growing issues as well as find alternative solutions to these issues. Course Expectations: I expect you to attend class regularly and actively participate in class discussions. Please come to class prepared by reading and
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submitting all the assignments on time. When reading, ask yourself how the topics being discussed relate to today’s political, economical, and sociological structures. Grading: Your grades will be based on the following items: Research Paper : worth 25% of your grade. You will be responsible for writing an 8-10 page paper analyzing the recently passed California State budget signed by Governor Schwarzenegger on July 27, 2009. Here are some questions to address: What is/are the issue(s) (at least 2 programs) that our great state is currently facing and/or will face, and when will it take into effect? What are the pros and cons as a result of the issue(s)? Who will be impacted most and what potentially can happen as a result? How will this issue(s) impact you and your
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This note was uploaded on 05/19/2010 for the course PLS 201 taught by Professor Markwilliam during the Fall '08 term at Cal Poly Pomona.

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