POLITICAL SCIENCE 101H
Honors American National Government
Dr. Melinda Frederick
M/W/F 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Office Hours/ Location:
M/W/F 10:00-11:00 a.m. or by appointment
Marlboro Hall 1087
Office phone: 322-0433
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR
This course is an introduction to the field of Political Science and American
National Government. This semester we will focus on the U.S. political system, civil
liberties and civil rights, public opinion, the role of citizens in the political process,
and the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
American Government and Politics Today, Schmidt, Shelley & Bardes, 2001
Taking Sides, McKenna & Feingold, 12th edition.
A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
1. Formulate accurate definitions for the most essential terms
and concepts in the discipline of political science for understanding how American
government and politics are conducted.
2. Describe the main components of governmental structure in the U.S.
constitution, showing how national powers are exercised through the legislative, executive
and judicial branches.
3. Correctly outline the most important national and state
responsibilities included in the division of powers known as federalism.
4. Identify and discuss the most important rights of individuals found
in the Bill of Rights showing how those rights must be balanced against the needs for
public safety and order.
5. Describe the role of the citizen and the importance of citizen
participation in a democracy.
6. Compare and contrast some of the fundamental policy and ideological
differences between the two major political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans.
7.Explain how presidential and congressional elections are conducted,
through primary and general elections.
8. Explain the overall process by which bills may becomes laws, and the
role of the legislative and executive branches in that process.
9.Analyze the powers and duties of the Supreme Court and other federal
courts, and how the power of judicial review is used to determine constitutional
10. Identify the powers of the president and summarize their role as
chief of the executive and military bureaucracies.
11. Describe the scope of U.S. governmental powers in domestic economic
12. Explain how the President and other governmental officials
formulate foreign policy.
1. Attend classes regularly and take an active role in learning.
2. Read all assignments as indicated on the course outline or announced
3. Participate in class discussions and group assignments.
4. Listen to and read the news and be prepared to discuss current
political events or issues that are assigned to you.
5. Successfully complete all homework, class exercises and student
project when they are due.
6. Complete three in-class examinations and take-home essays.
7. Meet promptly with Professor when or if problems arise.
Two unit examinations and take-home essays 45%
Homework and class assignments 10%
Student Project 25%
Book Analysis 15% Class attendance, oral participation and effort 5%
Attendance and Grading Policy
Students are allowed 4 absences during the semester.
Students who exceed 4 absences will have that portion of their grade reflecting
attendance, participation and effort lowered one grade for each additional absence that
they have. Students are expected to arrive ON TIME for class and will be marked
absent if they are more than 15 minutes late. Chronic tardiness will also lower the
student's participation and attendance grade. Students should be familiar with the college
policy for delayed openings due to inclement weather.
Late homework or essays will go down 1/2 a letter grade
(5%) for each day it is late, unless prior approval has been
given by the Professor. Students are responsible for material missed or assignments
made when they are absent from class.
Unit examinations must be taken the day they are scheduled.
Students are required to contact the Professor no later than the day
of the exam to receive approval to take a make-up exam. Cheating or plagiarizing
on essays, quizzes or exams will result in an automatic "F" grade for that work.
Students may withdraw from this class up until April 25, 2002.
After that point, they will be awarded a grade for the work they completed for the
semester. Please speak with me before the deadline if you have any questions concerning
TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE
Week 1 Introducing Ourselves/ Overview of the course
Jan 25 Reading: Chapter 1
Week 2 American Government & Politics continued
Jan 28/Feb 1 Reading: Chapter 1
Week 3 The Constitution
Feb 4/6/8 Reading: Chapter 2
Week 4 Civil Liberties
Feb 11/13/15 Reading: Chapter 4
PROJECT TOPICS DUE FEB 11
Week 5 Civil Liberties finished
Week 6 Begin Civil Rights
Feb 25/27 Reading: Chapter 5
Mar 1 BOOK ANALYSIS DUE FEB 25
Week 7 Civil Rights- Equal Protection
Mar 4/6/8 Reading: Chapter 5
Week 8 Civil Rights- Beyond Equal Protection
Mar 11/13/15 Reading: Chapter 6
Week 9 Public Opinion
Mar 18/20 Reading: Chapter 7
UNIT ONE EXAMINATION MARCH 18
(Covers Chapters 1,2, 4, 5, 6)
SPRING BREAK MARCH 21-31, 2002
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) LECTURE MARCH 25, 02
Week 10 Public Opinion finished
Apr 1/3/5 VISIT TO CONGRESS- TO BE SCHEDULED
Week 11 Congress: The Legislative Branch
Apr 8/10 Reading: Chapter 12
Week 12 Congress
Apr 15/17/19 Reading: Chapter 12
Week 13 Begin Executive Branch
Apr 22/24/26 Reading: Chapter 13
PROJECTS DUE APRIL 24
Week 14 Executive Branch
Apr 29/ Reading: Chapter 15
Week 15 Judicial Branch
May 6/8/10 Reading: Chapter 15
May 13 WRAP UP
UNIT TWO TAKE HOME EXAMINATION DUE MAY 20, 02
(Covers Chapters 7, 12, 13, 15)