PO200 American National Government

for F1J 2005

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Instructor:      Charles S. Broomfield
                     Adjunct Faculty:  Course: American National Government
                     Downtown Campus: Room 911
                     Office Hours: As per appointment

The Course:  Semester Dates:  August 24, 2005 through October 12, 2005
                     Days: Thursday evenings, 5:30 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.
                     Prerequisites: None
                     Credit: 3 Hours

Mission Statement:  The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare students to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision:  Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for students within the global society.

Course Description:  This course in American National Government will focus and concentrate primarily on the philosophical foundations upon which our nation is based, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution created by our founding fathers, and the three branches of the federal government along with their interrelationships. We will study and develop an overall comprehension of the problems and issues facing America in the 21st century and strive to develop positions and understandings of how to address these problems through our federal system.

We will also review and summarize the vitally important role of the citizen in our democracy as well as demonstrate the influence of public opinion polls, "think tanks," special interest groups and lobbyists.

A primary goal of this course will be to instill in each student an appreciation of our system of government that will lead the individual student to be an active involved lifelong participant in public affairs.

Several distinct types of learning experiences will be used in this course. These will include extensive use of the news media; including newspapers, news magazines, television and radio news, discussion groups and individual reports (both written and oral). We will have guest speakers who have practical experience in the several branches, departments, agencies, bureaus and courts.

Instructor's Educational Philosophy:  Professor Charles S. Broomfield's educational philosophy is based upon the principles of academic excellence, student freedom to explore and express opinions openly and upon the use of outside experts who "live the American Dream" and are involved in the everyday practical aspects of government, political and/or public affairs.

Students learn best in an open, respectful, friendly and happy environment in which they may excel at their own level of development, understanding, and appreciation.

Course Objectives:

1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the mechanical structure and fundamental operations of American
 National Government.

2. Recognize, interpret and explain The Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution.

3. Explain and summarize the working relationships and problems between the three branches of American

4. Understand, interpret and identify the differences in the various political persuasions in the country today.

5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the major issues facing America today and establish reasons for
 your position on these issues.

6. Develop an appreciation for the foundations, development and efforts that have gone into making America
 what it is today.

7. Identify and demonstrate basic fundamentals of American  democracy and citizenship.

Course Requirements:

1. Students are expected to attend each one of the 8 classes. There are no excused absences. Attendance,
  class participation and involvement constitute 25% of one's grade, thus students must attend class, be
  prepared and participate. If you must miss class because of on-going illness, consider taking an incomplete
  for the course.

2. Students are expected to read assignments, accept and excel in preparing written and oral reports, be ready
  to participate in class discussion and ask pertinent questions. This course is a combination of lecture,
  discussion  and the use of outside experts.

3. Students should subscribe to the Kansas City Star newspaper and will be expected to bring a copy of the
  Kansas City Star to class each Wednesday. Students will be assigned specific day's newspapers to bring and
   should be prepared each class to discuss the contents of the newspaper during designated times.

4. There will be (1) a Mid-Term Exam, (2) a Final Exam and (3) what will be referred to as "POP' test
  (unannounced) at any time during  any  one of the eight classes. Examinations will be a combination of
   several types of testing including short answers and essay, True-False, etc.  No late or early
   examinations will be permitted except in extreme cases of proven illness or death in the family. Missed
   exams, except in those extreme cases, will result in an "F" and will substantially reduce one's final grade.

5. Two research papers will be required for the course and students will have an opportunity to improve
    their final grade by choosing to do a "Special Research Paper" from a list of topics provided by the
    Instructor. Written details will be given on both at the first class meeting.

6.  Late assignments will result in reduced grades and will only be accepted at the next class after the date of
   the missed assignment. In such case, credit will be reduced by 50%. (See grading schedule listed below.)

7.  Cheating or plagiarism will result in an "F" for the course and a recommendation to the Dean that the
   student be dismissed from Park University.

8.  No portable telephones or pagers will be allowed in class except for security or emergency medical

9.   If you have questions or problems, see or contact the Instructor immediately.

10.  Any student with special needs or who has a disability in the classroom environment, should see
     the Instructor  immediately.

11.  Course grades
                       90 - 100 = A                                                      Class participation                  25%

                       80 - 89   = B                                                      Mid-term Exam                      20%

                       70 - 79  =  C                                                      Final Exam                             20%

                       60 - 69  =  D                                                      Accumulative "Pop" Test       15%

                         0 - 59  =  F                                                      Written/Oral Reports(2)          20%

                                       Extra Credit Opportunity (Student Choice) Research paper              10%

Course Textbook (Required):  Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack  C. Shelly, and Barbara A. Bardes,              
                                             American Government and Politics Today, 2004-05 edition    

Course Topics/Dates/ Assignments:

The Instructor reserves the right to amend this Schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs
of the students.

Week 1.  Thursday, August 25, 2005

            Introduction of students and instructor.

            Introduction to course requirements and course review.  (Syllabus)

            Distribution of major issues list, political / governmental officials list, and
             agencies / departments list.

            Random drawing of two topics for written reports and dates of presentation.
            First Test to determine students general level of knowledge today about American
            National Government.  (Test will not be graded)

            Assignments for next week: Bring Wednesday's Kansas City  Star to class. Be
             prepared to discuss current events.

             Read Chapters 1, 2, & 3, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights and be
            prepared to discuss them next week..
Week  2.  Thursday, September 1,  2005

             Week in Review.......Political, Governmental and World Events and Issues.....
             KC Star newspaper.
             Review of last weeks test. Discussion.

             Discussion of Chapters 1, 2 & 3, The United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
             The Philosophy and Foundations of American Government.  What did the Founding
             Fathers Create?

             What Americans know, don't know and should know about the United States Constitution.

             Don't forget to bring the Kansas City Star to class.

             Assignments for next week:  Read Chapter 12 & 4 & 5  Be prepared to discuss the
             Judicial branch of American Government.


Week 3.    Thursday, September 8, 2005

             Week in Review. Political, Governmental and World Events and Issues. KC Star newspaper.

              A United States Federal Magistrate Judge will review and discuss the Federal Judiciary,
              our Rights and Liberties.

               Don't forget to bring the Kansas City Star to class.

              Assignment for next week: Read and Review Chapters 9 and 8 on the United States
              Congress, Campaigns and Elections, plus any outside information on Congress.

Week 4.   Thursday, September 15, 2005

            Week in Review..Political, Governmental and World Events and Issues..KC Star newspaper

            Discuss the United States Congress, Political Campaigns and Elections

            Mid-Term Exam

           First Round of Written / Oral Reports (Approximately 11 students will give 3 to 4 minute reports.)

             Don't forget to bring the Kansas City Star next week.

            Assignments: Read Chapters 6 and 7 on Special Interest Groups, Political Socialization and
            the Media.



Week 5.  Thursday, September 22, 2005

           Week in Review....Political, Governmental and World Events and Issues...KC Star newspaper

           Mid-Term Exam

           Discuss Special Interest Groups, Political Socialization and the Media.

           Guest Speaker invited from the Legislative Branch of Government.

           Second Round of Written / Oral Reports (Approximately 11 students will give 3 to 4 minute reports.)
           Assignment: Read Chapter 10 & 11. Be prepared to discuss the Executive branch  of
           American Government. Don't forget the Kansas City Star.


Week 6. Thursday, September 29, 2005

          Week in Review.......Political, Governmental and World Events and Issues......KC Star newspaper

          The President and the Executive Branch of American Government   
          Guest Speaker invited from the Executive Branch of Government  

          Third Round of Written / Oral Reports (Approximately 11 students will give 3 to 4 minute reports.)
          Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss Chapters 13 and 14.


Week 7. Thursday, October 6, 2005

          Week in Review...Political, Governmental and World Events and Issues...KC Star newspaper

          Discussion of Domestic and Economic Policy and Foreign Policy.

          Fourth  Round of Written / Oral Reports  (Approximately 11 students will give 3 to 4
          minute reports.)     
          Assignments: Review last six weeks of class work, all Chapters and prepare for last week
          of discussion and Final Exam

Week 8. Thursday, October 13, 2005

          Week in Review...Political, Governmental and World Events and Issues...KC Star newspaper

           Special Research Papers Presentation (If any)

           Final discussion and review of last eight weeks.

           Where do you / we go from here?

           Final Exam.