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POLS 1113 Syllabus - POLS 1113 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN...

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POLS 1113: INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Oklahoma State – Fall 2011 Section 012 TTh 12:30-1:45 Murray 35 Section 016 TTh 2:00-3:15 Agriculture 361 Lecturer: Dr. Gregory Miller Office: Murray 202 Email: [email protected] Phone: (405) 744-2696 Office Hours: TTh 10:00am-12:30pm; 3:30-4:00 Teaching Assistant: Megan Thomas Office: Murray 222 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wed 2-4 Description & Objectives: This course introduces students to American government and politics. The core objectives of the class are to: view government and politics objectively and analytically, to study government as social scientists; develop a broad understanding of the theoretical and institutional development of American democracy; understand the basic structure and functioning of American government, including the Constitutional framework, linkage institutions, and political structures that guide our democratic system; improve student interest in the work of government as reflected in current events. Textbook (Required): Steffen Schmidt, Mack Shelley, and Barbara Bardes, American Government and Politics Today: 2011-2012 ELECTRONIC Edition, (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2011). The textbook for this class is an ELECTRONIC text. The faculty in the Political Science Department decided to adopt an electronic textbook to save you money over the cost of a hardcopy text, and to provide you with a powerful, sophisticated learning environment that is fully integrated with Desire2Learn (D2L) and the Internet. ALL students must purchase their own passcode to the electronic text, sold at the OSU bookstore. You CANNOT share your passcode with another student. Each passcode is paired with a student’s name in D2L and an assignment can only be “dropped” in that student’s D2L gradebook using their individual passcode. DO NOT ask the instructor to provide a hard copy of the textbook. After you purchase an electronic copy, you may make hard copies of chapters. If you lose your passcode, you will have to purchase another one. Instruction Methods (Lectures, Videos, & Readings): This course consists of lectures and discussion, as well as various video and multimedia presentations. Grades are assigned based on exams and assignments. Lectures do not always come directly from the book. I will discuss concepts and issues from assigned readings, but will also provide additional information, which makes attendance in class imperative for success. Each student’s initiative to take notes, engage in class discussions, and read the required electronic text and additional readings will have a tremendous impact on your success in the course. Readings are outlined in the course schedule and should be read before the class for which they are assigned. It is extremely important that you pay attention to the weekly readings as they will be a part of the exams. Students that do not read the required text or take copious notes will have extreme difficulty in passing the exams.
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