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: January 17-19
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: Jan. 22-24-26 (Monday class starts on Jan. 22 & should have read for Weeks 1-2)
Politics:
Gary Wasserman, Basics of American Politics, ch.1;
Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few (9th ed.), ch. 1

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

Week 3: Jan. 29-31-Feb 2
Constitution:
Wasserman, ch.2 & Appendix (U.S. Constitution);
Parenti, ch. 2

Reading Partners presentation

Week 4: Feb. 5-7-9
Congress:
Wasserman, ch.4;
Parenti, ch. 15

Week 5: Feb. 12-14 (CCSF closed on Fri, 2/16 for Lincoln’s Birthday Observed)
President:
Wasserman, ch.3;
Parenti, ch. 16;
optional: Parenti, ch. 17

Project Proposals due any day 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: Feb. 21-23 (CCSF closed on Mon, 2/19 for Washington’s Birthday Observed)
Courts:
Wasserman, ch.5;
Parenti, ch. 18
optional: www.oyez.org

Week 7: Feb. 26-28-March 2
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 (reflection paper due next week)

Week 8: March 5-7-9
Elections, Voters, & Political Parties:
Wasserman, ch.7;
Parenti, ch. 14

Guest Presentation by Sonja Huang of FFAC

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

Week 9: March 12-14-16
Mass Media:
Wasserman, ch.8;
Parenti, ch. 13;
Noam Chomsky, “What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream

Midterm Exam Review

Week 10: March 19-21-23

POLS 1, Sec. 9 (31205): Midterm Exam on both Monday, 3/19 and Wednesday, 3/21 at 11:10 AM – 12 PM in Cloud 258
POLS 1, Sec. 11 (30430): Midterm Exam on both Monday, 3/19 and Wednesday, 3/21 at 12:10 PM – 1 PM in ART 303
POLS 1, Sec. 21 (38169): Midterm Exam on Monday, 3/19 at 2:10 AM – 4 PM in in Could 258

Film in class on Fri, 3/23 at 11:10 in Cloud 258 and 12:10 in ART 303 – open to all sections

Spring Break

Week 11: April 2-4-6
Who Governs? Perspectives on Power:
Wasserman, ch.9;
Parenti, chs. 6 & 12

Week 12: April 9-11-13
Wealth & Poverty:
Parenti, ch. 4;
Read 3 Homelessness Factsheets: www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets
Film: Streets of Paradise (reflection paper due next week)

Week 13: April 16-18-20
Wealth & Poverty (continued):
Parenti, ch. 3

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

If you chose Option 2 for the Course Project, Research Papers are due any day during Wk 13.

Week 14: April 23-25-27
Wealth & Poverty (continued):
Parenti, ch. 5

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

Week 15: April 30-May 2-4
Health & Ecology:
Parenti, ch. 8
optional: calnurses.org; seac.org; Eco-Eating; No Smoking?
Film: Forks Over Knives (film reflection paper due next week)

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

Week 16: May 7-9-11

Note: Monday, 5/7 meet at the Diego Rivera Theatre!

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

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

Week 17: May 14 (last day of classes)
Democracies in America:
Parenti, ch. 19;
Chomsky, “Radical Democracy”, www.chomsky.info/interviews/19970303.htm
Course Conclusion
Final Exam Review

Final Exam (note your section, CRN, and classroom to avoid confusion):
POLS 1, Sec. 9 (31205): Monday, May 21 from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM in Cloud 258
POLS 1, Sec. 11 (30430): Friday, May 18 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in ART 303
POLS 1, Sec. 21 (38169): Monday, May 21 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM in Could 258

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