American Government POLS 1101
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American Government POLS 1101 L2ELXE Spring 2010 TR 930 1045 112 Pafford Dr Sooho Lee Email sleewestgaedu Phone 678 839 4991 Of ce 1136 Pafford Bldg Hours TR1045 200 and 3 15 5 or by appointment Course Objectives This course is an introduction to American government and politics It discusses how the American political system works focusing not only upon the institutional and legal frameworks set out in the US and state Constitutions but also upon the historical philosophical psychological and sociological aspects of the American policymaking process The goal is to develop an ability to interpret American government and politics systematically and critically and to motivate you toward greater participation in the politics of the United States at all levels Course Tools and Outcomes This course employs diverse tools to achieve the course objectives and the undergraduate education goals effectively It does not rely only on the instructor s lecture but more on your active participation and preparation Although lecture is a major portion of each class you discuss the issues de ne the problems identify the existing solutions and debate alternative potential policies The most important requirement in this course is ACTIVE PARTICIPATION which requires two elements preparation and enthusiasm You are required to preview each chapter before class and to be ready to discuss relevant topics Throughout the semester you will write essays make a political speech engage in group debates and actively participate in the class discussions and campuswise or community activities You are expected to demonstrate the following outcomes at the end of the semester I An understanding of the basic values of American civic culture I An understanding of the constitutional institutional political and legal processes of the US and Georgia I An understanding of the interrelationship between American Governmental institutions I An understanding of the basic terminology of political science amp US politics I An understanding of how American culture values and political institutions compare with those of other types of government Required Tennis 0 Benjamin Ginsberg Theodore J Lowi and Margaret Weir 2009 We the People An Introduction to American Politics Georgia Edition WW Norton amp Company Inc Students are also required to monitor the daily news like New York Times Washington Post AI C CNN etc Students are also recommended to log on relevant websites that provide rich information for the political and governmental issues Course Requirements 1 Exams 8000 There will be four examinations offered in this class including the final examination Each exam tests how much students understand the issues and important terminologies amp theories Exams will include materials from the lectures text news reports and class discussions No makeup exam is available Also see the attendance requirement 14 2 Essay 2000 A Critical View on Current Political Issues a d Choosing an issue You should carefully analyze one of the current political economic and social issues For example issues like abortion death penalty drug gay marriage health care and reform minimum wage unemployment tax NCLB Marijuana law social security reform right to die immigration gang crisis gun controlright alternative energy privatizing military middle east peace IranNorth Korea nuclear 39 wars r 139 J 39 education etc Or any political issue will be ne If you are not sure please ask the instructor about your topic Reporting your topic Due Jan 26 in class Submit a paragraph description of your topic After this date norm ally you cannot change your topic Maior that you should include in the paper 1 Nature and background of the issue what is the issue about What major debates are in the issue Are there pros and cons in the issue If so what are they Why is the issue important 2 Historical and current development of this issue if the issue has existed long how has the issue been evolved and developed How has the Congress been dealing with the issue What are the major government reactions or policy How about interest group 3 Key arguments identify the major arguments within the issue Does political ideology af liation make difference Is there any gender difference Is there any socioeconomic factor that makes any difference surrounding the issue 4 Pros vs cons contrast what are their most favorable rationales How do public opinions respond the issue or the arguments pros and cons 5 Your judgment what is your perspective Do you prefer the pros or cons Why Writing criteria and format Your writing should be persuasive clear and logical The essay must be typed and checked for spelling and grammar Appropriate citation and reference are required Here are some format guidelines 1 Cover title page Title your name this cover page is not counted toward the total page number 2 Margin should be 1 inch top bottom left and right 3 Use Times New Roman 12 font 4 Start your essay from the top line of the first page Do not write your name course name and the instructor name again on the top margin of the rst page 5 Do not make any irregular space between paragraphs 6 Provide accurate citations in necessary places 7 Do not make a direct quotation of more than a sentence 8 Page number should be placed in the bottom center of each page 9 References should be the last page 10 Length body of writing not including the cover and reference page 4 6 pages Minimum requirement is 4 full pages and double space Due date April 8 in class 24 A note on plagiarism Plagiarism is the use of materials by other authors and content providers without the appropriate attribution This is a serious Violation of the University Honor Code You must use the appropriate citations and reference if you use the work of others to inform your paper see the student Handbook for more details 3 Attendance Extra Credit Class participation is required for every student Each absence will deduct the total grade point by two percent Any student missing more than three meetings without the instructor s prior permission will be dropped from the course for excessive absence No makeup exam is normally allowed Any expected or unexpected absence should be approved by the instructor with a written evidence eg doctor s note departmental letter etc In this class attendance is de ned presence in the classroom from the beginning of class until the end of class Late coming or early leaving without prior permission will be considered absence Fimll Grade Final grade is made by summing up all the requirements above Requirements Percentage Exam 1 Mid term 20 Exam 2 Mid term 20 Exam 3 Mid term 20 Exam 4 Final 20 Essay 20 Total 100 Attendance Extra Credit Perfect Attendance or Deduction Absences Final Letter Grade A290 80 5B5 89 70 SC 79 60 SD 69 F5 59 Other expectations Throughout the course students will be in accordance with the University Student Honor Code see the Student Handbook for detail information Cell phones should be turned off While in class V Any cheating and disruptive behavior is not allowed J No sleeping and chatting V The official communication method will be through campus email MyUWG Strongly recommended to read PM Forni s T wentyFive Rules of Considerate Conduct The book title is Choosing Civility 34
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