PO100 American Politics & Citizenship

for F1J 2006

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PO 100 American Politics and Citizenship


F1J 2006 IN


Nesbitt, Jack


Adjunct Faculty


M. A., Public Administration, Penn State University

Daytime Phone

(816) 356-7272



Semester Dates

Aug 21 to Oct 14, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours


Sidlow and Henschen, America at Odds, 5th Edition, paperback, ISBN 0-534-64759-6

Missouri Constitution

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
The textbook's internet site:  http://www.americaatodds.com

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 educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the role of citizenship in a representative democracy.
  2. Describe consent of the governed.
  3. Show the relationship among the political, social, and economic structures in America.
  4. Compare and contrast, at a rudimentary level, the U.S. political system with several other political systems.
  5. Describe personal political values, such as those regarding freedom, equality, and so on.
  6. Be able to critically analyze current events.
  7. Critically review media presentations of current events.
  8. Understand and critically review alternative points of view regarding public affairs.
  9. Discuss public ethics.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Examinations, quizzes, presentations and projects.  No formal research papers required.

You can earn up to 100 points.  Six weekly quizzes will each be worth 10 points.  A comprehensive final test will be worth 40 points.  Grading:  A = 91+; B = 81+; C = 71%; D = 61+' F = 60 and below.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Do not submit assignments after the due date.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week    Read Before Class Meets

1.    Ch 1 & Append A & http://www.americaatodds.com
2.    Ch 2-3 & Append F
3.    Ch 4-5
4.    Ch 6-10
5.          Ch 11-12
6.    Ch 13-14
7.          Ch 15-16
8.          Ch 17 & MO Const

Monitor media reports on current happenings on topics related to PO 100.  They will be discussed in class.

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 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
7.  Keep in mind that you paid money to attend this face-to-face class.

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 .

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