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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY - FALL 2008 POLITICAL SCIENCE 1 – American Government Section 3 Mon. & Wed. 10:30-11:45 p.m. CL 303 Course Code 41352 Instructor: Dr. Patricia McKenzie Office: Clark Hall 406 L Email: [email protected] Phone: (408) 924-1361 Office Hours: Monday 3:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday Virtual Office Hours on Blackboard 10:00 to Noon, and by appointment. REQUIRED TEXTS 1. American Government: Historical, Popular & Global Perspectives, (Alternative Edition) 1 st Ed., Kenneth Dautrich and David A. Yalof, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, ISBN 10: 0155050915 Online: http://academic.cengage.com/cengage/search/totalresults.do 2. California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach, 9 th Edition, Larry Gerston and Terry Christensen, Thompson Wadsworth, ISBN 10: 0-495-50533-1 Online: http://academic.cengage.com/cengage/ and then search by ISBN number. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of American government as well as to California state and local government. The course includes an examination of the historic basis of American political ideas, principles and practices, as a means of acquainting students with the complexities of the American political system. Majority rule vs minority rights, the separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and individual freedoms are prevalent themes throughout this course. COURSE OBJECTIVES The specific objectives of the course are to provide you with: An appreciation and understanding of the historical roots of our political system A basic knowledge about the functions of our federal and California governments Analytic skills to evaluate political arguments An opportunity to develop your own understanding and interest in politics CLASS FORMAT The weekly course format will include lectures; reading assignments; class and group discussions (as time permits). Because there is a great deal to cover in a relatively short period of time, it is essential that you come to class on time, attend on a regular basis and be fully prepared to discuss the assigned material. BLACKBOARD WEB ACCESS You will have on-line access to the course by way of E-Campus-Blackboard where you will be able to access this Syllabus, assignments, web links, and other valuable resources. There is also a real-time “chat” feature as well as a discussion board on the Blackboard site. Both the Midterm and Final Exam will be given on-line through Blackboard. More information will be provided well in advance of the exams regarding policies and procedures for taking a Blackboard on-line examination. You will also be able to Page 1 of 8 “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justices, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and to our posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”
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