POLS001 SYLLABUS - Summer 2010

POLS001 SYLLABUS - Summer 2010 - San Jos State University...

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San José State University – Summer 2010 1 San José State University Department of Political Science POLS001, American Government Summer 2010 Instructor: Dr. Melinda Jackson Office Location: Clark Hall 402C Telephone: (408) 924-5293 Email: Melinda.Jackson@sjsu.edu (preferred method of contact) Office Hours: MW 12:30-1:30pm, and By Appointment Class Days/Time: MW 8:00am-12:15pm Classroom: Clark Hall 216 Faculty Web Page Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/melinda.jackson/ Course description In this class you will learn the basic principles and institutions of American government and politics, and California state government. This course fulfills the U.S. Government and California Government aspect of the GE American Institutions requirement (F2-3).
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San José State University – Summer 2010 2 Student Learning Objectives: To learn the basic principles and structure of the American political system from the founding to the present, through study of the U.S. Constitution and other key documents. To develop a critical understanding of American and California political institutions, processes and culture, including the roles of public opinion and political participation, political parties, and interest groups. To become familiar with current public policy issues, and how they affect our daily lives. Required Texts: Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, and Barbara A. Bardes, American Government and Politics Today , 2010-11 Brief Edition (Wadsworth 2011) Larry N. Gerston & Terry Christensen, California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach , 10 th Edition (Wadsworth 2009) All texts available for purchase in the Spartan Bookstore. Turnitin.com: Papers for this course must be submitted through www.turnitin.com. In order to have your paper graded and to receive credit you must submit it through turnitin.com. If you already have a turnitin.com account, simply log in using your e-mail and password. If you have never used turnitin.com you will need to create an account using the New Users selection at the top right of the home page and following the instructions and prompts. Class ID number: 3303054 Password: summer2010 COURSE REQUIREMENTS 1. Exams There will be three exams in this class. The first exam will cover the material learned in the first third of the course, the second exam will cover the material from the second third of the course, and the final exam will cover the material from the last third of the course. Each exam will make up 18% of your total grade. 2. Participation and In-class Exercises Class participation – meaning coming to class and engaging in class discussion and activities – will also count for 9% of your total grade. So that you have plenty of opportunities to participate, expect to be “mobilized” (i.e., called on by name) in class.
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San José State University – Summer 2010 3 3. Papers There will be three papers in this class. Details for each assignment appear below.
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