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PO 100 American Politics and Citizenship
James, Ray S.


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 100 American Politics and Citizenship

Semester

S1J 2007 IN

Faculty

James, Ray S.

Title

Graduate Affiliate Faculty, Hauptmann School of Public Affairs & Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A., Westminstger College, Fulton, Mo. 1963
M.P.A., University of  Missouri
Chancellor's Certificate in Public Administration,University of Missouri at St. Louis

Daytime Phone

816-842-4820 x220

E-Mail

Ray.James@park.edu

rsjames@pngusa.net

ray@kceb.org

Semester Dates

January 18 through March 8th, 2007

Class Days

Thursday

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 Sidlow and Henschen, America at Odds, 5th Edition, ISBN 0-53464759-6

The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It, Terry Jordan ISBN 1-891743-00-7

 Constitution, State of Missouri, Published by the Secretary of State (To be distributed in Class)

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Course Description:
An examination of the role of the citizen in the American political system on the local, state and national levels of government. The impact of urbanization, bureaucratization and technology will be emphasized with reference to their historical development and international dimensions. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor’s philosophy is Socratic; students will master reading assignments and respond to questions in class. Discussion and presentations will take place. There will be only one conventional examination on the 6th session. The core (rubric) exercise will be described more fully in other places in the syllabus.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the role of citizenship in a representative democracy
  2. Summarize the relationship among the political, social, and economic structures in America
  3. Explain the similarities and differences between the U.S. political system and other political systems
  4. Describe personal political values such as freedom, equality, justice and consent of the governed
  5. Summarize public ethics


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. In addition to Core Learning Outcomes (below), students will demonstrate an understanding of their civic responsibilities in a free, elective polity.  The basis for a Democratic social order,namely, the worth and value of each, individual person, will be understood, and students will indicate through examination, responses, presentations, and other written work their grasp of our basic political/social system and their place in it.
Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is a portfolio of written work and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover all five of the Core Learning Outcomes.



Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 Class Participation, demonstrating mastery of reading assignments                        

                        Examination (in class)

                         Rubric (final) Project

                         Presentation of Rubric

                         Unannounced Quizzes and Extra Credit Projects. Short, written responses to reading assignments are part of participation credit.

Grading:

                        Attendance, 8 classes @ 20 pts= 160                   90-100%= A

                         Participation=                                  50                   80-89%=    B

                         Mid-Term Examination=               100                   70-79%=   C

                         Final (Rubric) Project=                   100                   60-69%=   D  

                         Presentation of Project=                    50

                                                                                 460 pts.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments may not receive full credit

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Civil and respectful conduct and word choice is expected. Students (and      instructor) are not to interrupt one another. No live cell phone or pagers in the class. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1. January 18, the first 2 text chapters are to have been read. Syllabus explained. Opening lecture/discussion. Reading assignment made.
2. January 25th, discussion and lecture over reading assignment. additional assignment made.
3. February 1, discussion and lecture over previous reading assignment. additional reading assignment made. U.S. Constitutional assignment.
4. Feb. 8, discussion and lecture over previous assignments. Missouri Constitution Assignment.
5. Wrap up of previous assignments & discussions. Review for Exam.
6. In-class Examination, to be graded in class.
7. Oral Presentation of Rubric Projects
8. Oral Presentations concluded. Rubric papers due—no exceptions!

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .

Additional Information:

Students will produce a written paper, at least 9 pages in length. There should be a cover sheet, and introduction, body, and conclusion. Sourcesare to be listed at the end. Notation is preferred (for an “A” paper). The rubric paper (see matrix description) includes the elements indicated. The United States Constitution, and the Missouri Constitution must be part of the paper. An issue, or set of issues, of concern to the student are to be explained and the student’s resolution or position given and defended with evidence. The issue may be Constitutional. Political, social, or even economic. The paper will be presented on the 7th night. The instructor will spend time discussing and explaining the project assignment further. Students are cautioned again to use their own words. Plagiarism cannot be tolerated, and can result in failure. Give credit when due, and use quotations anytime appropriate!



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio demonstrates the ability to explain citizenship in a representative society through maintaining knowledge of current issues, involvement in civic activities, voting, running for office, accepting the rule of law, and identifying and maintaining ethical standards

 
Portfolio demonstrates the ability to explain citizenship through maintaining knowledge of current issues, voting, running for office, accepting the rule of law, and identifying and maintaining ethical standards.

 
Portfolio demonstrates the ability to explain citizenship in a representative society through maintaining knowledge of current issues, voting, running for office, and accepting the rule of law.  

 
Portfolio fails to demonstrate the ability to explain basic concepts of representative democracy.

 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Portfolio demonstrates student's ability to identify, explain, and illustrate the relationships among the American political, social, and economic structures.

 
Portfolio demonstrates student's ability to identify and explain the relationships among the American political, social, and economic structures Portfolio demonstrates the student's ability to identify the relationships among the American political, social, and economic structures

 

Student fails to identify and explain any relationships among the American political, social, and economic structures.

 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Portfolio exhibits ability to compare and contrast at least four similarities and differences between the American political system and other political systems

 
Portfolio exhibits ability to compare and contrast at least three similarities and differences between the American political system and other political systems

 
Portfolio exhibits ability to compare and contrast one or two similarities and differences between the American political system and other political systems.

 
Portfolio does not exhibit the ability to compare and contrast any similarities or differences between the American political system and other political systems.



 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Artifact demonstrates proper use of terminology with no errors

 
Artifact demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than one error

 
Artifact demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than two errors

 
Artifact shows three or more errors

 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Artifact demonstrates the ability to discuss and utilize personal American political values with no errors

 
Artifact demonstrates the ability to discuss and utilize personal American values with no more than one error

 
Artifact demonstrates the ability to discuss and utilize personal American values with no more than two errors

 
Artifact shows three or more errors 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Portfolio illustrates the ability to relate current events to all learning objectives

 
Portfolio illustrates the ability to relate current events to 3 or 4 learning objectives

 
Portfolio illustrates the ability to relate current events to 1 or 2 learning objectives

 
Portfolio does not illustrate the ability to relate current events to any learning objective

 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no errors in paper format items:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 5 errors in:  MLA. Spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact communicates effectively and contains no more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Artifact does not communicate effectively and contains more than 10 errors in:  MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations

 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Each component of the portfolio communicates effectively and demonstrates no errors in paper format items: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each component of the portfolio communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than one error in: MLA, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, and citations.

 
Each component of the portfolio communicates effectively and demonstrates no more than two errors in:  MLA , spelling, punctuation,

 
Each component does not communicate effectively

 

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