West Valley College Spring 2018

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Political Science 3 (3 units)
Section 30197
T/Th 12:30-1:55 am, LASS 26

Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Office Hours:  M/W/Th 2:00-2:45 and by appt.
SS/LA 1E
Ph: (408) 741-2546

WELCOME!!!!!

What is politics?  Who really "rules?"  What is political culture and why may it be important as to why some countries take on democratic forms while others do not?  Don't know much about the political world you live in?  Political Science 3 is an introduction to political theory.  This course provides basic concepts of political science and contemporary political analysis.  The course analyzes the ideological origins of nation-states from direct democracy to totalitarian forms of government.  Political Science 3 may be used to meet Social Science Series I or II requirements in the General Education pattern of transfer to the California State University System.  

Required Texts - Please purchase the following items at the bookstore:

Additional reading materials are online at Canvas (or on reserve in the Library as noted).  It is highly recommended that you print these articles/documents/short passages out ASAP in case of periodic and unforeseen downtime of the web page.  You are responsible to have each of these readings completed by their assigned day on the syllabus.  

For a better understanding of the topics covered in this class, you should read a mainstream news source daily.  As a student, you can get the New York Times e-edition free (see library web site for details).  The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal are all excellent newspapers.  Politico.com is my favorite online political news site but there are certainly others.  Sites that cater to the extreme ideological wings can be fun to read but they are not good information sources for hard news.  

Course Objectives

General Class Policies

  1. Cell phones and computers must be turned off in the classroom.
  2. Save this syllabus as evidence for transfer to a four-year institution.
  3. Class participation and COMPLETING THE ASSIGNED READING by the beginning of each topic are essential to passing this course.
  4. Late work is marked down 1/3 of a grade for each day that it is handed in late after the end of class when it is due.
  5. Tutoring is available at no charge at Tutorial Services.  It is provided by qualified, trained, students who have been recommended by the faculty.  Contact Tutorial Services in the Library Building or call 741-2038.
  6. Plagiarism/cheating will result in automatic failures for the assignment and offenders will be referred to the CSSO for disciplinary action.  Familiarize yourself with the campus policy on cheating detailed in the College Catalog under Student Conduct Code, 5.8.19 Policy on Cheating.  (You will find examples of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it at http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html)
  7. West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. College materials will be available in alternate formats (Braille, audio, electronic format, or large print) upon request.  Please contact the Disability and Educational Support Program at (408) 741-2010 (voice) or (408) 741-2658 (TTY) for assistance.
  8. Student Learning Outcomes will deal with your understanding of the differences between a variety of ideologies and will be assed through examination on the Midterm.

Quizzes

Your two quizzes over the semester will be conducted on Canvas rather than in class.  These multiple-choice quizzes cover the textbook readings (1-4, 10-11  for Quiz 1, and Chapters 7-9, 12, 16 [pp. 488-492], and 17 [pp. 510-515] for Quiz 2) and online readings.  (Click HERE for more instructions, as well as how to log on to Canvas.) 

Pass/ No Pass Option

Students may no longer take Politics 3 with the Pass/No Pass Option. 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and punctuality is required and roll will be taken at the beginning of the class.  Tardy students will receive a 1 point reduction from their total grade for each tardy.  More than one absence will constitute a reduction of 2 points for each additional absence.  Students missing more than 5 classes in a row before the final drop date may be dropped unless they notify the instructor.

Web Page

A class web page can be found for Political Science 3 on Canvas.  This page contains the syllabus, lecture outlines, PowerPoint lectures, online readings, and your two online quizzes.  This web page serves as a supplement to the lectures and in-class discussions, not as a substituteNOTE:  STUDENTS SHOULD PRINT OUT THE OUTLINES BEFORE LECTURE.

Course Requirements Grading Policy:  Grades are awarded on a Standard Scale:
1.  Marx Essay
2.  Genocide Project
3.  Midterm Exam
4.  Final Exam
5.  Two Online Quizzes
6.  Participation
200 pts
100 pts
250 pts
350 pts
50 pts total
50 pts
A
B
C
D
F
900 - 1000
800 - 899
700 - 799
600 - 699
599 and below

Dates to Remember

2/11:
2/20:
2/22-2/24:
3/13:
Last Day to Drop w/out a "W"
Marx Paper Due
QUIZ #1 Available Online
Genocide Paper Due
3/15:
3/27-4/01:
4/26:
5/03-5/05:
MIDTERM
SPRING BREAK
Last Day to Drop w/a "W"
QUIZ #2 Available Online

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:  Thursday, May 24, 11:50-1:50 pm

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1

1/30
2/01

Introduction:  Why Study Politics?
Analyzing Government


      Readings:   Text, Chs. 1, 10

Week 2

2/06
2/08
Ideology and Political Life
Catch-up and Discussion (Form Political Parties)

     Readings:   Text, Ch 2; Communist Manifesto (pp. 7 - 56); ONLINE:  Martin and Hohmann, "GOP Frets Over Reagan Mythmaking"

Week 3

2/13
2/15
Discuss Marx (Have Marx Completed by Tuesday)
Political Culture and Socialization 


    Readings:   Text, Ch 3; Communist Manifesto (pp. 57-116)

Week 4

2/20
2/22
Public Opinion and Elections (MARX PAPER DUE)
Catch-up and Discussion
QUIZ #1  (Available online at Canvas from 2/22-2/24 until 11:59 pm)

    Readings:   Text, Chs. 4, 11

Week 5

2/27
3/01
Political Violence and Society
Defining and Understanding Genocide

   Readings:  Naimark, Genocide:  A World History (entire);  ONLINE:  Rejali, "5 Myths About Torture and Truth"; Apuzzo, et al, "Does Torture Work?"

Week 6

3/06
3/08
Catch-up and Discussion
Political Communication in the Media Age

    Readings:  ONLINE:  Jake Whitney, "How the Right Co-Opted 'Fake News'"

Week 7

3/13
3/15
Catch-Up and Discussion (GENOCIDE PAPER DUE)
MIDTERM

    Readings:  Review for Midterm

Week 8

3/20
3/22

FILM:  HOTEL RWANDA


     Readings:  ONLINEPhilip Gourevitch, Letter from Rwanda:  After the Genocide

SPRING BREAK 3/26 - 4/01

Week 9

4/03
4/05
4/05
Political Parties
Interest Groups
GENOCIDE POSTERS DUE

    Readings:  Text, Chs. 5 & 6

Week 10

4/10
4/12
Catch-up and Discussion
FACES OF GENOCIDE CONFERENCE (Meet in Campus Center)


    Readings:   Text, Ch 12 & 15

Week 11

4/17
4/19
Political Institutions I:  Legislatures
Political Institutions II (Part A):  Executive

    Readings:   Text, Ch 7; Text, Ch 8 (pp.189-204)

Week 12

4/24
4/26
Political Institutions II (Part B):  Bureaucracy
Political Institutions III:  Judiciary

    Readings:   Text, Ch 8 (pp. 204-end), Ch 9

Week 13

5/01
5/03
Political Economy
Catch-up
QUIZ #2 
  (Available online at Canvas from 5/03-5/05 until 11:59 pm)

   Readings:  Ch 16 (pp. 488-492); 17 (pp. 510-515); ONLINE:  Danziger, "Political Economy";  "No Zim Dollars, Please" (a photo essay) 

Week 14

5/08
5/10
Legislative Activity
International Relations:  Politics Between States

     Readings: 
Text, Chs. 14, 16

 

Week 15

5/15
5/17
Discussion:  A Clash of Civilizations?
Catch-up and Review

     Readings:  Text, Ch 17; ONLINE:  Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations"

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:  Thursday, May 24, 11:50-1:50 pm