TMAS Fall 2009 Lecture Syllabus

TMAS Fall 2009 Lecture Syllabus - PS (0859): THE MAKING OF...

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PS (0859): THE MAKING OF AMERICAN SOCIETY: POLITICS, CHANGE, AND CULTURE WARS Fall 2009 Associate Professor Robin Kolodny MWF 2:00 – 2:50 437 Gladfelter Hall Gladfelter Lecture L021 215-204-7709 rkolodny@temple.edu For more info on me, see astro.temple.edu/~rkolodny Office Hours: Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:30; Fridays, 1:00 to 3:00, and by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION This is the new General Education course for the Structure and Conduct of American Societies. As you have hopefully been told, it counts for the American Culture (AC) requirement in the current University Core curriculum and will also count as the equivalent of PS 51 – American Political System. In this course, we ask how American society evolved into what it is today. Using readings and examples from a variety of disciplines (political science, sociology, history and economics in particular) we investigate important structures that influence our society. We ask why America was founded in the first place. This is important because most nations “bear the marks of their origins” and the American experience sets us apart from all other established democracies. We ask how Americans reconciled so many important contradictions in our history: racial justice, income inequality and economic power, At the end of this course, you should be able to explain why America is exceptional, how majority rule in America can be tyrannical, why the idea of equality actually works against our freedom, and how individuals feel cut off from their communities by design. STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE This is a lecture course that meets in Gladfelter Lecture L021 on Mondays and Wednesdays and in discussion sections every Friday. In the discussion sections, you will explore each week’s themes in greater detail. Disability Statement : This course is open to all students who meet the academic requirements for participation. Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources and Services at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities . Statement on Academic Freedom : Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has adopted a policy on Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy # 03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following link: http://policies.temple.edu/getdoc.asp?policy_no=03.70.02 .
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Course Policies: Temple’s Policy on Academic Honesty The following is a quote from the University’s policy: “Temple University believes strongly in academic honesty and integrity. Plagiarism and academic cheating are, therefore, prohibited. Essential to intellectual growth is the development of independent thought and a respect for the thoughts of others. The prohibition against plagiarism and cheating is intended to foster this independence and respect. “Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person's labor, another person's ideas, another
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