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PO 200 American National Government
Smith, Tara Ann


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

U1H 2011 BU

Faculty

Smith, Tara A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA Political Science, Columbia College
MPA, Park University

Office Location

Bldg 596, MCAS Beaufort

Office Hours

9:00AM - 2:00PM Monday - Friday, or by appointment

Daytime Phone

843-228-7052

Other Phone

843-592-0659

E-Mail

tara.jackson03@park.edu

tjackson@park.edu

beau@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 6, 2011 - July 31, 2011

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials 2009 Author: Bardes, Barbara A. Edition/Copyright: 15TH 10 Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc Type: Paperback ISBN-10: 0-495-57170-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-495-57170-4

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
I recommend that all students keep up with the latest news by reading a daily newspaper, listening to public radio, or watching a daily news broadcast.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

http://www.nytimes.com/
http://www.csmonitor.com/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
http://www.npr.org/

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. 

Educational Philosophy:
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.  ~Aristotle

This course will contain not just lectures, but vigorous class discussions.  These discussions will require students to entertain ideas from many different vantage points. We are here to learn from each other.   

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:

A Portfolio of Four Essays on the following topics:

    Essay #1

Explain the historical and constitutional basis for the structure of the United States government.  Analyze the system of checks and balances.

Essay #2

How do public opinion, media, and interest groups effect the development of public policy? Evaluate the role of each entity.

Essay #3

What role do political parties play in elections? Explain individual and group voting behavior and analyze the conduct of elections.

Essay #4

How are government programs created? How are they administrated? Analyze the role of the government and the bureaucracy.

Each essay must be 3-4 pages, typed, double spaced, using 12pt Times New Roman font and citing at least two different sources. APA style must be used.  

Test #1 covering textbook chapters 1-7

Test #2 covering textbook chapters 8 - 15

 

Grading:

Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Portfolio of Four Essays, 20 pts (5 pts per essay) 20%

Test #1, 35 pts, 35%

Test #2, 35 pts, 35%

Class Participation, 10 pts, 10%


90-100=A

80-89=B 

70-79=C

60-69=D 

Below 60=F

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of coursework will result in a lowered grade.  All assignments must be turned into the instructor by the Friday of the week the assignment is due or the assignment will be considered late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class, be on-time and participate in class discussions.  A make-up assignment will be required for all classes missed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Class Meeting


Assignment

1

June

7

Introductions / Syllabus / Chapter 1 The Democratic Republic


June

9

Chapter 2 The Constitution

2

June

14

Chapter 3 Federalism


June

16

Chapter 4 Civil Liberties / Chapter 5 Civil Rights

3

June

21

Essay #1 Due / Chapter 6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization


June

23

Chapter 7 Interest Groups

4

June

28

Chapter 8 Political Parties


June

30

Chapter 9 Campaigns, Elections, and the Media

 Test #1 (Chapters 1-7)

5

July

5

Essay #2 Due / Chapter 10 The Congress


July

7

Chapter 11 The President

6

July

12

Chapter 12 The Bureaucracy


July

14

Chapter 13 The Courts

7

July

19

Essay #3 Due / Chapter 14 Domestic and Economic Policy


July

21

Chapter 14 Continued

8

July

26

Chapter 15 Foreign Policy


July

28

Essay #4 Due

Test #2 (Chapters 8 -15)

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course.Any incidence of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the course.

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course.  A failing grade will be assigned for the course if you are found to have committed plagiarism.

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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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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