2011Winter syllabus for Pol Sci 21A

2011Winter syllabus - INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS POL SCI 21A W inter 2011 Professor Wattenberg [email protected] Office Hrs-after lectures

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1 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS POL SCI 21A Winter 2011 Professor Wattenberg [email protected] Office Hrs--after lectures for a while @ SSPB 2285 Teaching Assistants: Danvy Le [email protected] Tuesday 6P, Thursday 5P, Friday 10A Neilan Chaturvedi [email protected] Tuesday 10A, 11A, 3P Bryan Nelle [email protected] all Friday sections Kenneth Chaiprasert [email protected] all Monday sections Textbook: Edwards, Wattenberg, and Lineberry, Government in America , 15 th ed. (GIA) Grading: There will be a midterm and a final exam. Each exam will count for 50% of your grade. The midterm will be held during class on Tuesday Feb 8th; the final will be Friday March 18th from 10:30 to 12:30. Section participation and attendance may also be factored into final grades by your teaching assistant. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Readings: Introduction Jan 4 GIA, ch. 1 DeTocqueville, Democracy in America , chap. 3 – http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/1_ch03.htm The Constitution Jan 6 GIA, ch. 2 Federalist Papers # 10 & # 51, in Appendix of GIA, or online US Constitution, in Appendix of GIA, or online Public Opinion Jan 11, 13 GIA, ch. 6 The Media Jan 18, 20 GIA, ch. 7 Political Parties Jan 25 GIA, ch. 8 Voting Behavior and Elections Jan 27, Feb 1 GIA, chs. 9-10 Interest Groups Feb 3 GIA, ch. 11 MIDTERM EXAM Feb 8 th in class BRING A BLUE BOOK!!!! Congress Feb 10, 15, 17 GIA, chs. 12 &14
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2 Feb 22, 24, March 1 GIA, chs. 13 & 15 Supreme Court March 3, 8, 10 GIA, ch. 16 Lori Ringhand, “Judicial Activism: An Empirical Examination of Voting Behavior on the Rehnquist Court,” C onstitutional Commentary , 2007 – to be emailed to the class list Read the majority opinion (pp. 5-29) and the Scalia dissent (pp. 64-87) for Roper v. Simmons to be emailed to the class list FINAL -- Friday March 18 th from 10:30 to 12:30 BRING A BLUE BOOK!!!!
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3 Discussion Topics : The following questions will be discussed in weekly section meetings, and also serve as a study guide for this course. Topics 1-3 will be covered prior to the first midterm, topics 4-6 will be covered between the first and second midterms, and topics 7-10 will be covered after the second midterm. Topic #1 The Constitution and Separation of Powers Why did America's Founding Fathers design a system of separate institutions sharing power? Is this system still appropriate in the age of the welfare state and nuclear weapons? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the American constitutional structure as compared to parliamentary government? Which system would you recommend to emerging democracies, such as Iraq? Topic #2
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2011Winter syllabus - INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS POL SCI 21A W inter 2011 Professor Wattenberg [email protected] Office Hrs-after lectures

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