US Politics

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US Politics
Summer 2009
Overview
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Welcome
Syllabus Review
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Contact
Materials
Requirements
Course Outline
Contact Info
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Office: K-636
[email protected]
Phone:
201-200-3259
Materials
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Reading Materials:
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Harrison, Harris, and Tolchin:
American Democracy Now New York Times
•Our Website
Requirements
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Exams
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1 Midterms (30%)
Take Home exam
 4 to 8 pages
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1 Final (30%)
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Take home, due 29 June
Requirements
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Debates (3 at 10% each/ 30% of total grade)
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3 debates on mutually agreed upon topics
Class divided into 4 teams, randomly assigned
Peer grades and faculty grade weighed together
for each debate
Participation (10%)
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Attend class regularly
Be prepared and contribute
Course Outline
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Founding Period
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Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
Constitution
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Participation
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Public Opinion
Interest Groups
Parties & Elections
Voting
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Institutions
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Congress
Presidency
Judiciary
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Civil Liberties/Civil Rights
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Basic rights
Major civil rights movements
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Public Policy
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Economic
Domestic Policy
Foreign Policy
Defense Policy
Introduction
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Why Politics?
Why Democracy?
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Billboard Top 100 (music)
Nieson Ratings (television)
New York Times Bestseller Lists
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