syllabus FA11-MW - Political Science 1 American Politics...

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1 Political Science 1 American Politics Norco College Fall 2011 _____________________________________________________________________________________ Instructor : Dr. Lyn Greene Office Hours : MW 2:00-4:00 PM; Email: [email protected] Tuesday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; Website: http://faculty.rcc.edu/lyngreene and by appointment Phone: 951-739-7846 Office: HUM 107 Course Description: This course presents students with a broad introduction to the subject of American national politics by examining the foundations, institutions, actors and behavior. A central thematic question that we will examine over the semester is , “What is the state of democracy today in the United States?” We consider the roles played by public officials, but also the roles of actors such as interest groups, the media, the voters and the political parties. We will discuss issues in American politics from all sides of the political spectrum to help you critically examine your own political beliefs and help you develop your own perspective on your role in the fabric of society. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the course, a student should be able to: 1. Describe, analyze and evaluate concepts, theories, and institutions of American politics. 2. Objectively explain critical issues in American politics and analyze their own opinions concerning government and current political issues. 3. Use research tools including scholarly readings, current media and the Internet. 4. Demonstrate critical thinking ability including the analysis and evaluation of data, the understanding of alternative explanations and the forming of conclusions from the data presented. Required Text: Greenberg, Edward and Page, Benjamin. The Struggle for Democracy. 10 th edition (New York: Longman, 2011). Grading: Participation 50 points Discussion sections: ([email protected] points each) 50 points Exam 1: 100 points Exam 2: 100 points Exam 3: 100 points Exams will cover reading materials, class lessons, and discussion sections. Exams are taken online and consist of multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions and one long essay. Make-up examinations are only allowed in cases of illness (with a doctor’s excuse), death in the family, or natural disaster. In class Discussion sections
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course POL 1 taught by Professor Robertbrown during the Fall '05 term at Riverside Community College.

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