Instructor: Keith A. Leitich
|Course Title/Number:||Pol 102 - American Government|
|Class Time:||Monday and Wednesday 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm|
|Office Hours:||Monday and Wednesday 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm|
||Origin and development of the United States government. Covers the structure and function of Congress, the Presidency and courts as well as civil liberties, political behavior and political parties.|
|Supplementary Materials:||Web resources and handouts.|
| Assignment structure: ||There will be 5 assignments which will parallel the course outline. Please keep checking the "Homework" page of the class website for details.|
5 Assignments, 5 Pop Quizzes, and a debate but NO Final ExamThe Debate:
Due to the length of the debates at the end of the quarter, there will be no final exam.Grading:
The end of the quarter debate(s) will be structured to give students the opportunity to debate opposing viewpoints. In addition, to providing a tool for critical thinking, the debates will serve to challenge participants to question their own strongly held opinions and assumptions.
In consultation with the intsructor, the class will choose the topic(s) to be debated. The debate topics will be finalized by October 13, 2004. Part of class session on every Wednesday will initially will be devoted to the debate.Course Policies
- 40% Assignments
- 40% Quizes
- 20% Debate
Need for Assistance: If you need course adaptations of accommodation because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with your Instructor, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the Instructor as soon as possible.
Instructor Responsibilities: I will make every effort to issue grades for your assignments/quizzes/final project within a reasonable timeline (usually within one week after its due date). I will 'attempt' to answer questions about any assignments/quizzes up until the afternoon before it is due, IF I AM AVAILABLE by e-mail.
- The syllabus is a plan for the quarter and is subject to change at any time.
- It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any changes by attending class and viewing the class website, especially the homework page.
- Expect this class to require 5 - 10 hours per week of work outside the class, later in the quarter. Students can elect to use open labs on campus or other resources in order to complete their computer work.
- Start your assignments early! These assignments take time and require that you prepare beforehand.
- Students are encouraged to work and problem-solve together but MUST turn in their own work. Students found cheating will receive NO credit and will be subject to college disciplinary action, as well. For more information, refer to your Academic Dishonesty policy in the college catalog or student handbook.
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