PO 200 American National Government
F1J 2006 DN
James, Ray S.
B.A., Westminster College, 1963M.P.A., University of Missouri, 1989Chancellor's Certificate in Public Administration, U. of Mo., St. Louis, 2006
August 24th through October 12th
5:30 - 9:50 PM
American Government, Power & Purpose, Lowi, Ginsberg, & Shepsle, 8th Edition, W.W. Norton & Co.
The U.S. Constitution and Fascination Facts About it, Edited by Terry L. Johnson
Texbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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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.
There will be an empasis on the importance of civic participation as a responsibility of citizens in a free, elective system of governance and a socially just community.
Educational Philosophy: Students will be expected to exhibit an understanding of the American Governmental System on all 3 levels. The historical background of the American Federal Ssytem will be included. Examinations, oral presentations, and class discussion will be used. A "Socratic Style" will be employed: students will show they have read the assigned material, and be able to respond to questions about it.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Two scheduled Examinations
One unscheduled Quiz, or an equivalent
4 brief papers corresponding to the Rubric Requirements, @ 25 points for 20% of total points
Instructor's evaluation of class participation
Each Scheduled Exam, 100 points, total 200
Quiz or equivalent, 50 points
4 brief papers (3-4 pages each) on Constitutional and related topics to tie to Rubric requirements
Attendance, 80 points
Class Participation, 70 points, total 500 points
100% to 90%, A
80% to 89%, B
70% to 79%, C
60% to 69%, D
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late Submissions will not receive Full Credit
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Timely arrivals will be expected. Ordinary courtesy and mutual respect should be exhibited; for example, students should be recognized to speak, and not interrupt one another. Only the instructor dismisses class.
Meeting 1, August 24th: Opening Class, Orientation, Reading Assignment, brief lecture
Meeting 2, August 31, Lecture/discussion, additional reading assignment
Meeting 3, September 7th, Lecture/discussion, additional reading assignment
Meeting 4, September 14th, Lecture/discussion, assignment, Mid-Term Examination
Meeting 5, September 21st, Discuss Mid-Term Examination, additional assignment
Meeting 6, September 28th, lecture/discussion, and additional assignment
Meeting 7, October 5th, Rubric Papers Due, additional assignment, review for final examination (may be "take-home")
Meeting 8, October 12th, Final Examination, taken, graded or discussed in class. Any other business, including late assignments due
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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Last Updated:8/3/2006 2:48:15 PM