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PO 200 American National Government
Faulwell, Bond


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

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

Course

PO 200 American National Government

Semester

SP 2006 HO

Faculty

Faulwell, Bond

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MPA
BA
Certificate - Federal Executive Institute

Daytime Phone

913.851.8296

E-Mail

bond.faulwell@park.edu

bfaulwell@kc.rr.com

Semester Dates

Jan 9 - Apr 30

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Schmidt, Steffan C., Shelley, Mack C., and Bardes, Barbara A., American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials,  Belmont, CA, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2006-2007 edition.


Course Description:
A survey of the functions and processes of the three branches of American national government.  The changing roles of the branches and their relationship to the public will be emphasized.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
We will learn through discussion and dialogue.  It is critical that all assigned material be read so that students can actively participate in discussions.  Questions will be posed to require students to think about issues.  The Socratic dialogue will be used frequestly to demonstrate the relevance of American Government to today's issues.

Class Assessment:
Students will be assessed on mastery of the course content through examinations, short papers, and class participation.

Grading:
There will be two exams and a final. Each unit examination will count 20% of the final grade (40% of the total).  The final examination will be worth 30% of the final grade.

American democracy requires a knowledgeable electorate.  Knowledge for the average citizen can best be gained by reading newspapers and news magazines.  To support the student in his/her reading, the student will submit a current news article for each of the first four parts of the textbook. The article must be accompanied by a brief (approximately three or more typewritten pages) analysis of how the article illustrates information covered in class.   Each article will count 5% of your final grade (i.e., 20% for all the articles).

Factors such as class participation, contribution to the class (i.e., respecting others' ability to participate) and attendance will count for 10 % of the final grade.  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted.  Assignments are provided in the syllabus and may be turned in advance if a class is to be missed or may be e-mailed. If there is a significant illness, death in the family or similar event which impacts your ability to attend class and meet course requirements, I must be notified ahead of time (Telephone or e-mail).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Honest disagreement and differences of opinion on issues are critical to the American system.  All individuals are expected to treat each other with respect and encourage classmates to articulate their views.

WEEK,May 4; 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

TOPICS,

ASSIGNMENTS,

TESTS/PAPERS,FINAL

Jan 10,

Ibtroduction to class; Foundations of Government; Political Culture,

Ch. 1; Declaration of Independence,

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Jan 17,

History of Constitution,

Ch.2,

,

Jan 24,

Constitution,

Ch. 2,

,

Jan 31,

Federalism,

Ch. 3,

,

Feb 7,

Civil Liberties,

Ch. 4,

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Feb 14,

Civil Rights,

Ch. 5,

Constitution Worksheet (test) DUE,

Feb 21,

Public Opinion,

Ch. 6,

Paper DUE - Constitution Article,

Feb 28,

Interest Groups; Political Parties,

Ch. 7, 8 ,

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Mar 5 - 11 ,

SPRING BREAK,

,

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Mar 14,

Political Parties; Elections; Media,

Ch. 9,

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Mar 21,

Congress,

Ch. 10,

MID-TERM EXAM,

Mar 28,

Presidency; Bureaucracy,

Ch. 11. 12,

Paper DUE - Elections,

Apr 4,

Judiciary,

Ch. 13,

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Apr 11,

Policymaking; Domestic Policy,

Ch. 14,

Paper DUE - Institutions,

Apr 18,

Domestic Policy; Foreign and Defense Policy,

Ch. 15,

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Apr 25,

Foreign and Defense Policy; Political Issues,

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Paper DUE - Policy,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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