PO 200 American National Government
F1J 2007 DN
Alexander, Lynn Marie
Professor of Political Science/Adjunct Faculty
MA, International Relations, Keele University, Staffordshire, England
Fall I 2007
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Volkomer, Walter E., American Government, 11ed Prentice Hall.
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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 to demonstrate the relevance of American Government to today's issues.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Papers, quizzes, and participation.
GRADING PLAN: There will be four unit papers due. Assignments for these will be handed out during class. They account for 50% of students’ grade (50 points each). Quizzes account for 25%, and the remaining 25% will be assessed on class participation. Students will come to class prepared and ready to discuss the assigned topics. Extra credit will be given to students who submit a current news article (3 points for each class period a student submits one or more articles).
Late Submission of Course Materials: I deduct 20% of the assignment's total point value each day after the initial deadline.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
WK1 8/23 Chapter 1 – Politics, Democracy and the American People
WK3 9/6 Chapter 4 – Public Opinion and the Mass Media
Chapter 5 – Political Parties and Public Interest Groups
WK5 9/20 Chapter 8 – The Chief Executive
Chapter 9 – The Federal Bureaucracy
Unit 3 Paper Due
Chapter 12 – Civil Rights
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88Please email me at Lynn.Alexander@park.edu in advance of any absences.
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Last Updated:8/10/2007 12:46:20 PM