Syllabus

11 Aug

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POLS  1:
American Govt/Politics
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Credit, Degree Applicable; UC/CSU; C-ID POLS 110
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POLS 1 (Sec. 6) (76411) Lec-3, MWF 10:10 – 11 AM in Cloud 261
POLS 1 (Sec. 9) (76412) Lec-3, MWF 11:10 – 12 in Cloud 258
POLS 1 (Sec. 11) (70800) Lec-3, MWF 12:10 – 1 in Cloud 261

Dr. Dan Brook  (brook @ brook . com)
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 9:35 – 10:05 AM in Batmale 666 on class days
Mail: L155, Soc Sci Dept, CCSF, SF, CA 94112
Social Science Dept: Batmale 656, 415-239-3330, www.ccsf.edu/socialsci
CCSF, Fall 2016

Required Texts
(new or used, physical or digital, at retailers and renters online, in the bookstore, on reserve for free in Rosenberg Library (several copies of each), and elsewhere):

1) Gary Wasserman, Basics of American Politics (13th/2008, 14th/2011, or 15th/2015)
2) Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few (8th/2008 or 9th/2010)
3) Online Reading (both listed below and to be assigned)
and
4) Current Events (some news of which you should be familiar)

Required Course Listserv:
Parallel to our actual class sessions, we will also have a “virtual classroom” consisting of online messages via our course e-mail listserv. It is required that you subscribe to the free listserv for our class. You can do so by e-mailing AmerPol-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and then replying to the confirmation message (if you haven’t already done so, you need to register for a free Yahoo account, though you do not need to have or use a Yahoo e-mail address). Messages sent to AmerPol@yahoogroups.com will be received by everyone who subscribes.

You will be responsible for information posted on this required listserv, where the exam guidelines and questions will be posted. It is encouraged that you post at least one substantive message to the list, whether you initiate a discussion or respond to one.

If you have any trouble subscribing or with the listserv otherwise, check that you’re spelling the address exactly correct, that your spam or junk folder isn’t catching the confirmation message, and then, if necessary, contact someone at a computer center.

Prerequisites:
Willingness to think critically and willingness to participate in class!

Requirements:
The requirements for this course include the assigned readings, successfully taking the midterm and final essay exams, completing the short reflection papers, doing a course project (any one of three options), regular attendance and class participation, actively using an e-mail account, and subscribing to the course listserv. Check the course schedule for other details, including readings, assignments, dates, etc.

Late assignments will be penalized one whole grade per week unless prior approval is given, though better late than never. Minimum word and other requirements for assignments are strictly enforced. Any assignment missed, for any reason, is the responsibility of the student and must be completed. Satisfactory completion of all major requirements is necessary for a passing grade in this course.

 

Miscellaneous:
*** If you have ANY concerns, questions, problems, or issues regarding ANY aspect of the course (or anything else) that isn’t addressed in this syllabus or during class, or isn’t clear enough to you, please make sure to speak to me either in or out of class. ***

 

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