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AmPoli Syllabus

AmPoli Syllabus

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Published by: Steven Ward on Mar 07, 2012
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American PoliticsSpring, 2012Instructor:
Steven D. Ward, MPA
Office Number:
Office Hours:
Prior to class or by appointment (preferred)
Email Address:
COURSE INFORMATION Time and Place of Class Meetings:
Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. to 1:50; Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 2:50
Class Website:
Description of Course Content:
Through this course students will gain a detailed understanding of the government of theUnited States of America. Students will fully understand the three branches of government(executive, legislative, judicial) and the role of state and local governments in the politicalprocess. Students will understand the electoral, policy-making and foreign policy process-es.
(West Wing)
Required Textbooks and Other Course Materials:
This course is based on readings in the textbook AmericanGovernment; Brief Version, Eighth Edition, by James Q. Wil-son.This book was chosen due to the extensive online supple-mentary materials. You are highly encouraged to utilized thefree online materials, including vocabulary flashcards andstudy quizzes available here:http://zr0.in/PoliText
I do not necessarily expect you to read the full text of each chapter of the book. However,you should study the highlighted key words and ‘blue boxes’ from each chapter.The class syllabus and other relevant materials will be kept current via the websitewww.StevenWard.meOther materials (news articles, videos, websites, etc) will be provided by the instructor asneeded.
 A valid e-mail address that you check frequently
 Access to a computer with stable Internet
This course will be lecture-based, but also include in-class activitiesand class discussions. It is very important that students participate in the in-class discus-sions.The course syllabus is subject to change according to best suit learner’s needs.Students should be prepared for class discussions based on what they learn in eachweek’s textbook readings. The teacher may bring in other materials such as a speech cri-tique or news article as supplemental materials and to facilitate lively discussion.
: Grades will be determined objectively by your performance on themidterm exam (33%), final exam (33%) and class participation (34%). Active class partici-pation and contributing to a positive learning environment are the best ways to ensure agood grade. For more details on your class participation grade, see the last page of thesyllabus.If you have a problem with your grade or must miss class, it is your responsibility to dis-cuss it with the professor in advance.
Percent of PointsGrade90-100A80-89B70-79C60-69DBelow 60F
Student Conduct:
Please remember that you are required to attend every class and that online participationdoes not make up for absences. All students enrolled in this class shall follow the tenets of common decency andacceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment.
Academic Integrity:

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