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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences - Department of Political Science Spring 2010 QUARTER PLS 201 - INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SECTION 17 Mon/Wed/Fri TIME: 8:00 AM – 9:05 AM INSTRUCTOR: Janice Shiu PHONE: 9098693880 EMAIL: [email protected] OFFICE: Bldg. 94, Room 308 OFFICE HOURS: Monday/Friday 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Course Overview The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the structures, functions, and processes of American government. We will explore the philosophical and historical roots of American politics, the three branches of government both at the federal and California level and various political institutions like the media and political parties. By the end of the course, you should be able to: explain how government impacts your daily life; recognize and evaluate the basic debates and issues in American government and American political history; identify and describe the key functions of the three branches of government at the local and federal level; and Assess the causes and consequences of different forms of political participation, and outline the ways in which individuals and groups can affect political outcomes in the United States. Assessment Methods Homework Assignments on MyPoliScilab.com 30% The average score between your first attempt score and best attempt score will be used. There are 7 opportunities to complete this requirement but only the b est 5/7 scores will be used. The homework assignments are listed in the class schedule and are due at midnight of the due date. Instructions on how to access the class on MyPoliScilab.com can be found on Blackboard. Quizzes 40% Quizzes are meant to evaluate your knowledge and comprehension of the topics covered in class. Questions will be based on class lectures, class activities and homework assignments. A thorough reading of the assigned chapter(s) as well as taking class lecture
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