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PO 200 American National Government
Edson, Phyllis Q.


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

F1J 2009 DN

Faculty

Edson, Phyllis Q.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Public Administration/Political Science
M.A. Political Science
Bachelor's of Journalism

E-Mail

phyllis.edson@park.edu

phyllisedson@comcast.net

Semester Dates

August 20 through October 8

Class Days

Thursdays

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

America's Democratic Republic
Greenberg and Page, 3rd Edition
 
 

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Course Description:
PO 200 American National Government: (GE) 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:

My educational philosophy is to act as a facilitator, encouraging the student to experience the materials presented in class through lectures, discussions, written work and tests; to encourage the student to reflect and exanpand on what s/he found out and then to teach the student to apply that knowledge. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the historical and constitutional basis for the federal government's structure and its system of checks and balances
  2. Evaluate the role of public opinion, media and interest groups in the development of public policy and elections
  3. Analyze the conduct of elections and explain group and individual voting behavior.
  4. Analyze the creation of policy and administration of government programs


Core Assessment:

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 four of the Core Learning Outcomes.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Mid-Term Exam: 25 percent
Final Exam: 25 percent
Final Paper: 20 percent
Classroom Written Assignments: 20 percent
Classroom Participation: 10 percent

Grading:

Mid-Term Exam: 100 points
Final Exam: 100 points
Final Paper: 100 points
Classroom Written Assignment/Quizzes: 60 points
Classroom Participation: 40 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
This is only an 8-week class.  Therefore, handing in late papers and assignments is ill-advised.  In-class assignments and quizzes are done in class and cannot be turned in late.  The final paper will be due during the final class period.  If a student cannot be there that class period, the paper must be turned in via e-mail that day.  However, points will be deducted for not presenting the paper to the class.  Any other assignments or tests taken after the due date, will automatically be deducted one letter grade.  Tests MAY NOT be taken any time other than the time and date scheduled unless prior permission is given by the instructor. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Regular breaks during the class period will be given by the instructor.  No electronic devices should be on or in use during class meetings.  That includes telephones, games, pagers and laptop computers.  That also means no texting. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Thurs. August 20:       Introduction and Course Overview
                                       Foundations and  History of the American Democracy
                                          Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution
                                          2 Principles of the Constitution
                                       Chapters 1 & 2
 
Thurs. August 27:      Congress
                                       Constitutional Structure, Duties, Responsibilities
                                        2 Roles of Congressmen
                                        Political Parties and Congress
                                        Congress and Public Policy
 
                                      Chapter 11,
                                      Video, "Charlie Wilson's War."  In-Class Case Study Assignment
 
Thurs. Sept. 3:           The Presidency and the Bureaucracy
                                        Constitutional Duties
                                        The Modern President
                                        Sources of presidential power
                                        Limits of presidential power
                                    
                                     Chapters 12 and 13
                           Handout, In-Class Case Study Assignment
 
Thurs. Sept. 10:          The Supreme Court
                                        The Supreme Court as a public policymaking body 
                                        The Supreme Court and Politics                                       
                                      Review and Discuss: 2 Principles of the Constitution
                                        Checks and Balances
                                         Federalism
                                    
                                      Chapter 14
 
                                      Review for Mid-Term Exam
 
Thurs. Sept 17:          Mid-Term Exam
 
                                     Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
                                        What constitutes rights?
                                    
                                     Chapters 4 and 5
                                     
                                     Final project assignment handed out. 
                                     Hand-Out, In-class Assignment
      
Thurs. Sept. 24:         Public Opinion and Mass Media
                                       What role do these play in influencing public policy?
 
                                     Chapters 6 and 7
 
                                    Video, "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washinton Anymore?" 
                                    In-Class Assignment
 
 
Thurs. Oct. 1:         Participation in the Political Process: Political Parties, Voting, Elections
                                      The impact of participation or lack of participation on policy.
 
                                     Chapters 9 and 10
 
                                     Review for Final Exam
                                     Discussions of Final Project                                     
                                 
Thurs. Oct. 8:             Final Exam
                                     Final Presentations of Final Paper
 
 
 
 
 

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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:
The Final Research Paper which is 20 percent of the final grade will constitute the Core Assessment.  This written assignment will require the student to apply the four departmental Learning Outcomes to a public policy issue. 



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Artifact demonstrates ability to explain American National Government (ANG) structure and operation based on English political history, colonial experience, and Constitutional Convention events Artifact demonstrates ability to explain ANG structure and operation based on colonial experience and  Constitutional Convention events

 
Artifact demonstrates ability to explain ANG structure and operation based on colonial experience and  Constitutional Convention events

 
Artifact fails to explain any foundational aspects for creation of the ANG 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Artifact demonstrates student's ability to identify and explain voting behavior by all demographic groups and how these decisions impact on the creation of policy and administration of government programs.
Artifact demonstrates student's ability to identify and explain voting behavior by all demographic groups and how these decisions impact on the creation of policy and administration of government programs. 
Student demonstrates ability to identify and explain voting behavior by all demographic groups

 
Student demonstrates ability to identify and explain voting behavior by some demographic categories

 
Student does not identify and explain voting behavior by demographic categories. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Student demonstrates ability to explain the influence of third party groups and the media on elections and public policy citing specific current events

 
Student explains influences of third party groups and the media on elections and public policy by referencing textbook examples

 
Student explains the influences of some third party groups and/or media on elections and public policy

 
Student does not explain any influences

 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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 two errors

 
Artifact shows three or more errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Artifact demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the concepts in all the relevant learning objectives

 
Artifact demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the concepts in 3 of the relevant learning Objectives

 
Artifact demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the concepts in 1 or 2 of the relevant learning objectives Artifact does not demonstrate an understanding of concepts in any of the relevant learning objectives

 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Artifact demonstrates ability to relate current events to all learning objectives Artifact demonstrates ability to relate current events to 3 learning objectives Artifact demonstrates ability to relate current events to 1 or 2 learning objectives


 
Artifact does not demonstrate any ability to relate current events to any learning objectives 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Artifact demonstrates as a whole the ability to analyze ANG and apply all learning outcomes in an integrated and appropriate way

 
Artifact demonstrates as a whole the ability to analyze ANG and apply 3 learning outcomes in an integrated and appropriate way

 
Artifact demonstrates as a whole the ability to analyze ANG and apply 1-2 learning outcomes in an integrated and appropriate way

 
Artifact does not demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply any of the learning outcomes 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Component demonstrates no errors in analyzing the creation of policy and administration of government programs

 
Component has one or two factual errors Component has three or four factual errors

 
Component does not exhibit the ability to analyze the creation of policy and administration of government programs.

 

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