2011Winter syllabus for Pol Sci 21A

2011Winter syllabus for Pol Sci 21A - INTRODUCTION TO...

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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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