Schedule

Course Schedule & Class Assignments:
All readings for all weeks are required unless specifically marked optional. Readings should be done by the week for which they are assigned. Be sure that your chapter readings are aligned with the subject matter for the week.

Week 1: Monday, August 20
Course Introduction & Syllabus
MLK, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”: https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html
Earl Babbie, “How to Avoid Plagiarism”: http://ebabbie.net/Plagiarism/index.html (arrow through the slides)

Week 2: M, August 27
Politics:
Gary Wasserman, Basics of American Politics, ch.1;
Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few (9th ed.), ch. 1

MLK Reflection Paper due this week based on MLK’s Letter above (350-word minimum typed reflection with word count on top)

Monday, September 3 is Labor Day (College Closed)

Week 3: M, September 10
Constitution:
Wasserman, ch.2 & Appendix (U.S. Constitution);
Parenti, ch. 2

Reading Partners presentation?

Week 4: M, September 17
Congress and President:
Wasserman, ch.3-4;
Parenti, ch. 15-16
optional: Parenti, ch. 17

Week 5: M, September 24
Courts:
Wasserman, ch.5;
Parenti, ch. 18
optional: www.oyez.org

Project Proposals due Week 5 or earlier (typed)
Your typed project proposal of any length should, at a minimum, include the following 3 things: (1) specify which option and topic you plan to pursue, (2) how it relates to American Government/Politics, and (3) why you want to pursue that path.

Week 6: M, October 1
Civil Rights & Civil Liberties:
Wasserman, ch.6;
Parenti, “Free Speech—At a Price”, www.michaelparenti.org/FreeSpeech.html
optional: www.niot.org; annefrank.com; aclu.org
Film: When Hate Happens Here (350-word minimum typed reflection paper with word count on top due next week)

Week 7: M, October 8
Elections, Voters, & Political Parties:
Wasserman, ch.7;
Parenti, ch. 14

WHHH Reflection Paper due this week (350-word minimum typed reflection paper with word count on top)

Week 8: M, October 15
Mass Media:
Wasserman, ch.8;
Parenti, ch. 13;
Noam Chomsky, “What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream

Midterm Exam Review

Guest Presentation by FFAC?

Week 9: M, October 22
Midterm Exam 2:10 PM – 4 PM

Week 10: M, October 29
Who Governs? Perspectives on Power:
Wasserman, ch.9;
Parenti, chs. 6 & 12

Week 11: M, November 5
Wealth & Poverty:
Parenti, ch. 4;
Read 3 Homelessness Factsheets: www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets
Film: Streets of Paradise (watch on your own, 350-word minimum typed reflection paper with word count on top due next week)

M, November 12 is Veterans’ Day (College Closed)

Week 12: M, November 19
Wealth & Poverty (continued):
Parenti, ch. 3

Streets of Paradise Reflection Paper due this week (350-word minimum typed reflection with word count on top)

Week 13: M, November 26
Wealth & Poverty (continued):
Parenti, ch. 5

If you chose Option 2 for the Course Project, Research Papers are due Week 13.

Week 14: M, December 3
Health & Ecology:
Parenti, ch. 8
optional: calnurses.org; seac.org; Eco-Eating; No Smoking?
Film: Forks Over Knives (350-word minimum typed reflection paper with word count on top due next week)

If you chose Option 3 for the Course Project, Alternative Projects are due Week 14.

Week 15: M, December 10 (last day of class)
Military & Empire:
Parenti, chs. 10-11;
Chomsky, “Noam Chomsky on War and Peace”, www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/Noam_Chomsky_War_+_Peace.htm
William Blum, “A Brief History of U.S. Interventions”
www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/US_Interventions_WBlumZ.html

Democracies in America:
Parenti, ch. 19;
Chomsky, “Radical Democracy”, www.chomsky.info/interviews/19970303.htm
Course Conclusion
Final Exam Review

Forks Over Knives Film Reflection Paper due this week (350-word minimum typed reflection with word count on top)

If you chose Option 1 for the Course Project, Reflection Journals on your Community Service Learning are due Week 15.

Final Exam:
POLS 1, Sec. 19 (77064): Monday, Dec 17 from 2 PM – 4 PM in Could 259

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: