POS 1041 syllabus spring 2008

POS 1041 syllabus spring 2008 - POS1041: American...

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POS1041: American Government: National Spring 2008 Dr. Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown Office: 569 Bellamy Office Telephone: 644-7328 Main Office Telephone: 644-5727 (Main Office) Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am – 12:30pm and by appointment E-mail: akbrown@fsu.edu Course Location and Time HCB 310 Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 10:45am Course Description This course serves as a basic introduction to American politics and is designed to give students a broad understanding of the American political process. For some of you, this course will one of the many political science courses you will take during your time at FSU. For others, this will be the only course you take. This course is designed to convey the importance of government and politics in our daily lives to all students, majors and non-majors alike. The main focus of the course is on the institutions and activities of the national government; however references may be made to state and local governments where appropriate. Course Objectives The course has five major objectives: 1. To introduce the theoretical and practical considerations that inspired the founding of the American political system and informed the government’s structure. 2. To examine factors that support and perpetuate the political system. 3. To analyze the structures, functions, and activities of major political institutions. 4. To discuss the evolution of fundamental political rights and liberties. 5. To inform students of the different ways individuals and groups can influence American politics. Teaching Philosophy You will see throughout this class an emphasis on student participation and student engagement in the learning process. While each of you will be graded individually for this class, you are not in competition with each other for grades. Educational research strongly promotes the use of groups and student teaching to enhance your learning. The activities used in class will assist in this effort. This class also involves a certain amount of lecturing. However, my lecturing style invites and welcomes comments and questions throughout the class. We may break to discuss a particularly insightful point, or respond to questions throughout the lecture. In addition, we may use learning strategies like paired note-taking to break up lectures to enhance learning. Reading Material and Required Texts We The People: An Introduction to American Politics, (6 th edition), Benjamin Ginsberg, Theodore J. Lowi, and Margaret Weir
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Additional reading assignments may also be assigned as necessary or modified to enhance the learning process. Students will be notified in advance if changes to the syllabus are necessary. Course Requirements The course includes five graded components: attendance, class participation, quizzes (2 quizzes worth 10% each), exams (2 exams worth 20% each), and a final exam. Your final grade will be based on your performance on these items. The weights of the various graded components for the determination of your final grade are as follows:
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