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POSC 121 Summer Session

POSC 121: Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

Summer 2017

Methods of Evaluation:

•    Four Blackboard quizzes (20 points each):  80

•    Three tests from the online textbook site (20 points each):  60

•    Four Blackboard discussion boards (20 points each):  80

•    Final exam:  100

•    Good karma (academic honesty, turn things in on time, college-level writing and communications):  infinite

•    Total points (I will drop the lowest-score assignment; 320-20=300):  300 points


Your final grade is not curved and will be assigned according to the following table, including pluses and minuses as appropriate:
A = 90%+       (outstanding work)
B = 80-89%    (very good work)
C = 70-79%    (average, satisfactory work)
D = 60-69%    (below average, marginal work)
F = 0-59%       (unsatisfactory work)


An Optimistic Course Schedule:


Assignments are all due on Sunday at 11:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  

Week

Open to Debate Readings

American Government Examined Readings

Assignments
(due Sunday at 11:00 p.m.)

1

6/12-6/18

Ch. 1 What Government Does

Ch. 2 Constitution

Ch. 2 Declaration of Independence
Ch. 2 Paine

Introductory Discussion Board

Open to Debate Ch. 1 test at NSSPress.com  (deadline extended to 6/21 11:00 p.m.)

2

6/19-6/25

Ch. 2 Constitution

 Ch. 3 Civil Liberties

Ch. 4 Civil Rights

Ch. 2 U.S. Constitution
Ch. 2 Federalist #10
Ch. 2 Federalist #51
Ch. 2 Anti-Federalist #1
Ch. 2 Aichinger

Ch. 4 Susan B. Anthony
Ch. 4 Martin Luther King

Discussion Board 2: Federalist Paper

Blackboard Quiz 1, Chs. 2, 3, 4

3

6/26-7/2

Ch. 5 Federalism

Ch. 6 Public Opinion

Ch. 7 Interest Groups

Ch. 5 Lincoln
Ch. 5 Stadelmann

Ch. 10 Mill
Ch. 7 Eisenhower
Ch. 7 Newton

Discussion Board 3: Public Opinion

 

Open to Debate Ch. 5 test at NSSPress.com

 

 

4

7/3-7/9

Ch. 8 Parties

Ch. 9 Campaigns

Ch. 10 Media

Ch. 14 Johnson
Ch. 8 Candee
Ch. 8 Newton
Ch. 9 Saffell
Ch. 6 Braunwarth
Ch. 6 Lakoff
Ch. 10 Parenti
Ch. 10 Chomsky

 

Blackboard Quiz 2, Chs. 6, 7, 8

 

Open to Debate Ch. 9 test at NSSPress.com

5

7/10-7/16

Ch. 11 Congress

Ch. 12 Presidency

Ch. 13 Judiciary

Ch. 11 Dewhirst
Ch. 12 Dewhirst

Ch. 13 Saffell
Ch. 13 Meese
Ch. 13 Brennan

Discussion Board 4: Judiciary

Blackboard Quiz 3, Chs. 10, 11, 12

 

6

7/17-7/20

Ch. 14 Foreign Policy

Ch. 15 Economic and Social Policy

Ch. 14 Stadelmann

Ch. 15 Reich

Blackboard Quiz 4, Chs. 13, 14, 15


Deadline to contact instructor regarding any missing or incorrect scores Wednesday 7/19 by 11:00 p.m.

 

Final Exam (online) due Wednesday 7/19 by 11:00 p.m.

Last Updated: 07/17/2017
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