Welcome to. POS 2042 American Government. YOUR TEACHER: MS. HERRING. Was an exchange student in High School to Australia. Went to University of Florida and earned a dual degree in Russian and Political Science. Spent a summer in Moscow, Russia studying Russian
POS 2042 American Government
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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SYLLABUS
Instructor: Ms. Herring firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Studies Dept.
Phone 305-822-1500 x2109
This college course will begin by focusing on the groundwork laid by the forefathers of our country, inspired by the great political philosophers throughout the ages, with the creation of the amazing and enduring document we call the United States Constitution. The rules of government outlined in the Constitution directly affect the organization and functions of our institutions, traditions, laws and our daily lives in general. We will look at many aspects of life as a U.S. citizen that are influenced by government. Items that we will cover will include the presidency, nation’s court systems, Congress, interest groups, electoral system, political parties, personal rights, public opinion, interest groups, federal, state and local governments and much more.
Government is a subject that affects us every day of our lives. The better we understand it, the better our democracy functions. All of this information will help to make all of us more productive and informed citizens who actively participate in society instead of passively letting others make important decisions for us.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." ~ Thomas Jefferson
“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” ~ John Kennedy
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill
*Timely reading is critical both for achievement as an individual student in this class, and for the success of the course as a whole. The reading load in this course is reasonable—on average, assignments will run less than twenty pages per class session. As a result, students are expected to come to class having read the material carefully, thought about it, and prepared to discuss it in class.
*to ensure that students are completing assigned readings in a timely manner, there will be unannounced reading quizzes during the course of the semester. These should be very easy for those who have read, and very difficult for those who have not.
*no late assignments will be accepted unless you have a valid absence- if a student does have a valid excuse, s/he must make up the work within one week.
* individuals must do their own assignments- assignments must be neatly handwritten not typed.
The standard grading scale will be used in this class:
Assignment title underlined- page #
1) This is the first question and it is highlighted-this is the answer to the first question, and it is not highlighted.
last name, first name
student ID # class period
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3 ring binder with pockets
Plenty of loose leaf paper –college ruled
A pencil, ink pen, red pen, and highlighter
NO SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!!!!!
I DON’T GIVE GRADES - YOU EARN THEM
For Wednesday--Read the Constitution and create a “Table of Contents” for it detailing all of the Articles, Sections and Amendments and what they contain- due next class.
You will need a general knowledge of what is in it to do the in-class assignment for next class.
You will work in pairs and your partner will expect you to help them
For Monday--get syllabus acknowledgement sheet
signed and purchase supplies- will be checked
for a grade.