San José State University Department of Political SciencePols 15. Essentials of US and California GovernmentClass number: 23241Section 4Spring 2021Instructor: Robert Ovetz, Ph.D. Office location: onlinePhone: 415 602 1585 (please use only in case of emergency) Email: [email protected]Office hours: Thursday, noon to 1 by phone or Zoom, and other times by prior appointment. Please email other suggested days and specific times Mon to Fri from 9 am to 6 pm. The Zoom link is the same for each week.Class days and time: every Thursday between 10:30-11:45 am on Zoom. The Zoom link is the same for each week.Classroom: noneTeaching Assistant: Ashna Farooqi, [email protected], office hours TBDSupplemental Instructor: Vaishnavi Sunkari, [email protected], student support sessions TBACourse DescriptionTreatment of essentials of U.S. and California government. Satisfies the American institutions requirements in U.S. Constitution US2 and California government US3, GE Area D2, and the Core GE requirement in Social Sciences: Social Issues D3.SJSU GE GuidelinesIn this course, you will be exposed to alternative interpretations of the historical events and political processes that have shaped the social, economic, and political system in which you live. This course will provide a multicultural framework, including both conflict and consensus perspectives, of the choices and options available to individuals and groups in their social, economic, and political relations. The focus of the course is the growth of a multicultural society and the interactions, including cooperation and conflict, as these many and varied peoples have dealt with social economic, and political issues.Workload and Credit Hour RequirementsSuccess in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 45 hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities as described in the syllabus.Political Science Program Learning Outcomes (PSPLO)Upon completion of the Political Science major program, students should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes.PSPLO 1 Breadth: Students should possess a broad knowledge of the theory and methods of the various branches of the discipline.PSPLO 2 Application and Disciplinary Methods: Students should be able to formulate research questions, engage in systematic literature searches using primary and secondary sources, evaluate research studies, and 1
critically analyze and interpret influential political texts. Students should be able to apply these techniques to identify, understand, and analyze domestic and international political issues and organizations.