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Political Science Syllabus
This course serves as an introduction to American national government. It will survey the U. S. national political system. The course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the U. S. and its philosophical underpinnings.
Students should know not only who governs, but also what difference it makes who governs. This course attempts to demonstrate how our government institutions and political processes help explain why some policies and not others are adopted. Classic writings in social, economic and political science will be used to supplement information and augment the learning process.
- Foundations of government (textbook chapters 1 – 4)
- The Constitution (textbook chapters 5 - 7)
- Party politics (textbook chapters 8 - 10)
- Legislative Branch (textbook chapters 11 - 12)
- Executive Branch (textbook chapters 13 – 16)
- Judicial Branch (textbook chapters 17 – 18)
- Be on time and be prepared for class – textbook, notebook, pen, etc.
- Be respectful of others - including their opinions and time to talk
- Be engaged in class – participate
- Be responsible – Turn in your homework the day that it is due and you should get missed notes, work, schedule make-ups, etc.
The student’s grade will be determined by the following breakdown:
- Tests – 25%
- Midterm – 15%
- Final – 15%
- Projects – 20%
- (4 total: 2-3 page essays on topic of choice)
- Quizzes – 10%
- Homework – 15%
- No late homework accepted.
- After school help class will be on Tuesday from 3:15-4:00pm.
- Late projects lose 50% of grade.
- Projects- written assignments will be done using topics from the book “Classic ideas and current issues in American Government” by John J. DiIulio Jr.
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