PSC 101 Fall 2010 E Herzik - POLITICAL SCIENCE 101 American...

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POLITICAL SCIENCE 101 American Government Dr. Eric Herzik Fall 2010 Office: 224 Mack Social Science Office Hrs: Wednesday 11-12; Thursday 11-12 and by appointment Phone: 682-7764; Email: [email protected] This is a course on the fundamentals of the American political system. The emphasis is on how the system operates (or attempts to operate) in contemporary society. Attention is directed at formal structures and procedures as well as on the behavior of people who interact with and make policy within the official framework. The course also discusses how social science methods and models are used to assess political behavior. The following books are required for the course: Thomas Patterson, We The People, 8 th edition Fiorina, Culture War? 3rd edition The course requirements are 3 exams -- two hourly exams and a final -- and a writing assignment. Each exam will be "objective" in format (multiple choice). Exam questions will be drawn primarily from lectures and the main course text, We The People. (There may be specific questions from Culture War? on both the second exam and final.) The writing assignment will address topics from the other course text, Culture War? (Additional information about the writing assignment is given below.) Each exam is worth 25% of the total course grade; the writing assignment is worth 25% of the total. Attendance is strongly
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