Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox give you both quantitative (percentages) and qualitative (interview) data about how young people relate to politics in Running from Office. How much time do high school and college students spend paying attention to political issues in comparison to other activities?
Please explain by making reference to specific details, including the data the authors provide.
Why do young people have the attitudes they do?
Again, be specific.
Lastly, how do you think the matter should be addressed?
Please reference the excerpt to make your case. Yes, I’m asking for your opinion, however it must be supported with information from Lawless and Fox’s work.
+0-5 points for describing how young people spend their days
+0-5 points for examining why they have their view of politics
+0-5 points for exploring potential solutions
+0-5 points for organization, clarity, and grammar
I attached the syllabus so that you can see what is required
Lake Tahoe Community College Course Syllabus
Title: POL 101: Introduction to American Government and Politics Quarter: Fall 2019 Days/Time: Online Location: Canvas INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION
Name: John A. Duerk, Ph.D. Office: Building A, Room 276 Email: [email protected] Phone: 530-541-4660 ext. 102 OFFICE HOURS
Mon./Wed. 4-5 PM Tues./Thurs. 1-2:30 PM Or by appointment (Note: Please send me an email to schedule a meeting time with me.) CATALOG DESCRIPTION
This course is a study of the formation and development of the United States' national government, the Constitution, and the national government’s organization, function, and powers. Particular attention is given to the study of political behavior, public policy and social movements. Emphasis will be given to California state and local government as examples of Federalism. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Explain components of the U.S. Constitution, more specifically the three branches of government and how they relate to one another given their responsibilities and power. Compare and contrast different positions on major policy issues. Explore the different ways that individuals can influence public policy through advocacy work. Evaluate the content and methodology of secondary source materials authored by academics, journalists, and activists relevant to the course content. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK
Krutz, G., et al. (2019). American Government, 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax (Rice University). ISBN-13 978-1-947172-65-4 Note: A PDF file of the complete book has been uploaded to Canvas, the college’s Learning Management System that you are required to utilize in this course. Also, you may download a copy through the OpenStax website (https://openstax.org/details/books/american-government-2e), purchase a hard copy at the campus bookstore or through Amazon’s website, or check out a copy placed on reserve at the Roberta Mason Library. In short, it’s available in multiple places.
OVERVIEW Our government is an example of a successful “democratic experiment” in a world where, despite all of the political advancement, turmoil and/or repression are still an experience for some people. As citizens, it is our duty to examine the existing institutions and processes that affect our everyday lives. During the semester we will study vital components of the political sphere. Beyond the three branches of government established under the federal Constitution, we will also study everything from interest groups to the media because they play important roles in the current system that should not be overlooked. Moreover, it is imperative for us to identify the many ways that we can participate to help shape the policies that officials enact. INSTRUCTION First, there will be presentations on some of the course material because I feel that this method of instruction still has a place. My recommendation: download the PPT slides to your computer or tablet. While I will outline certain ideas and concepts, you are expected to read the assigned textbook chapters and the supplemental primary source documents. Secondly, as a firm believer in student-centered teaching and learning, it is imperative that you develop your own understanding of the content through engaging one another. This is precisely why contributing to discussion forums is so important following a thorough reading of the assigned materials (listed in the course schedule). My intention is to facilitate thoughtful discussions using the Socratic Method, i.e. prompting students with questions. This means that I will be participating in the forums during the quarter. That said, you will write most of the posts. ASSESSMENT Syllabus Quiz: Please read the entire syllabus from start to finish, including the calendar provided with all of the specific assignment due dates. The quiz I created contains a combination of ten objective questions and a short answer component where you must explain your study strategy for the course in 7-10+ sentences. It must be completed to proceed. Total: 1 x 20 = 20 points. Personal Introduction: Please write a short paragraph (5-7+ sentences) in the forum that I created that tells us about a bit about you (e.g. interests, major) and what your plans are when you finish taking classes at Lake Tahoe Community College. Please be thoughtful about what you share with us because the content will inform our perceptions of you as a person. Total: 1 x 10 = 10 points. Contrasting Views Ideas Lists: There are four pairs of articles that you must read during the quarter for this exercise. As you read the work of each author, please identify the five (5) most important ideas that each person makes in their respective piece. Yes, you get to choose them. Post your list in the proper discussion forum. Also, please make sure that you take the authors’ words verbatim – don’t interpret or paraphrase anything here. Every item needs a page number. Total: 4 x 10 = 40 points.
Last Name of Author A Last Name of Author B -Idea 1 (p. __) -Idea 1 (p. __)
-Idea 2 (p. __) -Idea 2 (p. __) -Idea 3 (p. __) -Idea 3 (p. __) -Idea 4 (p. __) -Idea 4 (p. __) -Idea 5 (p. __) -Idea 5 (p. __) *Please note that if you do not post by the stated due date and time, then the most you can earn is half credit: 5/10 points. Contrasting Views Compelling Position Paragraphs: After you have read the pairs of articles and made your lists of ideas, please write a detailed paragraph that explains which position (i.e. which author) you find
more convincing and why. You must make reference to two (2) separate points that author makes in his or her piece. Note: Do not make any references to the other author here. These paragraphs should be seven to ten plus (7-10+) sentences long and must include parenthetical citations (p. __) for all brief quotes (yes, brief – I don’t want to see any long quotes here; paraphrase as much as possible) and any major ideas that are not yours. Total: 4 x 10 = 40 points. Post Rubric +0-4 points for explaining the author’s first argument/piece of evidence +0-4 points for explaining the author’s second argument/piece of evidence +0-2 points for organization, clarity, and grammar *Please note that if you don’t post by the specified due date and time, then the most you can earn is half credit: 5/10 points. Lastly, you are never graded on your opinions, rather how thoroughly you articulate ideas in the excerpts. Contrasting Views Position Responses: Read over what your classmate’s posted and reply to two (2) people of your choice (yes, this includes me if/when I ask a question). It’s okay if you end up replying to the same person twice. What you write should reference specific details in your peer’s work and offer a meaningful point that draws on the content from the article(s). Ask questions. Your posts should advance the conversation, not rehash your original paragraph. In short, “Great post, Tim! I totally agree with everything you said,” is NEVER acceptable. Your retort should be at least four to five plus (4-5+) sentences long. Total: 8 x 5 = 40 points. *Please note that if you don’t post your Response 1 by the stated due date and time, the most you can earn is partial credit: 3/5 points. Lastly, you are never graded on your opinions, rather how thoroughly you articulate ideas in the excerpts. Q&A Papers: You must read additional excerpts and write short papers answering a question that I pose on each of them (the PDF files of the excerpts and questions are posted on CANVAS). Note: These assignments do not involve outside research, so please don’t incorporate additional sources. Each paper should be 2 pages (maximum), double-spaced and they are worth 20 points. Total: 5 x 20 = 100 points. When completing these writing assignments:
Answer the question I ask, not the question you want to answer;
Think about the question I ask before reading each piece because then you will know what to look for;
Highlight and write in the margins as you read each piece;
Avoid pulling any quotes directly from the text (no block quotes are allowed). It is imperative that you process the author’s ideas and explain them in your own concise words, i.e. paraphrase. Note: Brief quotes (i.e. the author’s exact words) and any paraphrased sections that include major ideas (i.e. your words) require a simple parenthetical citation inside of the period at the end of the sentence.
o Quote example: “…author’s word author’s word author’s word author’s word,” (p. 75). o Paraphrase example: …your word your word your word your word (p. 75).
Never quote an author’s quote from another source (note: always paraphrase in this situation);
Use the Times New Roman 12 point font. Margins should be 1 inch;
Do not use unspecific words (e.g. things, stuff), contractions, slang, profanity, or text message lingo anywhere in your papers.
Note: I will deduct points if you do not follow the directions above. Exams: There will be a midterm and a final this quarter. Questions can be written from different sources, including the presentation slides, textbook, primary documents, and/or websites. They can take the form
of multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or short answer (i.e. 7-10+ sentence paragraphs) items. You will receive more information in the Canvas newsfeed. Total: 2 x 60 = 120 points. EXPECTATIONS Attendance: Each week I will be monitoring who is logging into Canvas. Reflecting on my years as a student and as a teacher, I know that consistent participation increases the likelihood that you’ll learn the content because you. If you can’t commit to this class, then you should pick a different section. Please exhibit some emotional maturity and plan a schedule that fits your life. It doesn’t make sense to enroll in a class that you won’t partake in because the outcome will most likely be a D or F. Reading: A thorough calendar is provided below for your benefit and you should pace yourself. Do not put off the chapters or articles because it will show when you contribute to the forums. Dates: No late work will be accepted for any reason in this course. Always check the calendar for how forums are structured, i.e. specific due dates and times. The same applies to exams. If you experience an equipment failure or service outage, then it is your responsibility to find a functioning machine or a signal to access Canvas. Please devise a contingency plan (e.g. a friend’s or library computer; coffee shop WiFi connection) if problems were to arise. Make sure that you download the Canvas app to your smartphone: http://www.ltcc.edu/academics/online.php. Note: If you have a medical situation that leads to you missing more than one week of class, then you should withdraw from the course and re-enroll in a future quarter. Participation: Everyone must be respectful to their peers when posting in the forums and using any other form of communication. Insults will not be tolerated. Misconduct: Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated. Anyone caught taking information from other sources or another person and trying to pass it off as his or her own will receive a zero on the assignment or exam. If it happens a second time, then you fail the course. A copy of all materials will be kept on file, and, when necessary, forwarded to the dean (i.e. my supervisor) so that he/she is informed of the situation. Email Policy
I respond to messages received Sunday through Wednesday within 24-48 hours. If I receive a message on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, then you will usually hear back from me the following Monday or Tuesday.
If I get sick during the quarter, then my response time will most likely be delayed. Please keep an eye on the Canvas newsfeed if this happens because I will post updates there.
Always check the syllabus before sending a message that pertains to assignments and/or due dates.
Email correspondence with me should be done using the college system using your college email account to (1) ensure security and (2) prevent messages from being stopped by the firewall.
Threats and harassment in any form will not be tolerated. I will report this behavior to my dean and the police.
Letter of Recommendation Policy: I will not write a letter for a LTCC scholarship. In my professional opinion, that should be done by someone outside of this institution. What I will write letters for is admission to a specific program at a four year college or university. In order for me to do that, you must meet the following criteria: (1) I know who you are, which means that you have taken at least one on-campus class with me where you earned an A or B; (2) you have a GPA of 3.25 or higher; (3) you provide a copy of your resume complete with activities in and outside of school; (4) we have a private conversation during office hours about your professional goals; and (5) you give me with at least two weeks’ notice. Here’s a short list of qualities I respect:
Commitment How to be successful in this course:
1. Read and study your assigned textbook; 2. Log into Canvas on a weekly basis; 3. Download the presentation slides for each week so you’re able to ask questions when needed; 4. Review your presentation slides at least 2-3 times per week so you more thoroughly understand
the information and commit it to long term memory; 5. Print out and mark up all supplemental materials that are tied to assignments; 6. Watch the calendar and start working on assignments a week or two before they’re due so you
have time to revise and speak to me if you’re having difficulty; 7. Make an appointment during office hours if you’re having problems so we can discuss ways to
increase the likelihood that you will be successful. Also, never be afraid to visit the Tutoring Center for tips on how you can write more effectively;
8. Read my feedback and make changes going forward. Please be advised of the following before reading the course calendar:
Extra credit will not be provided in this course.
The instructor reserves the right to deduct additional points on any assignment when students repeatedly make the same mistakes across the section. Please read my feedback.
You can’t submit one assignment in place of another. Moreover, I don’t create additional assignments for students to earn more points.
Mere completion of any assignment or exam does not automatically translate into full credit.
Students earn their grades in a class. Faculty members do not “give” students grades.
If you are a half percent (or less) away from the next highest grade at the very end of the semester, then I will round up. For example: 79.5% will be rounded up to an 80%.
Your grade will be determined by the following
Details Points (if applicable)
Percent of Final Average
Syllabus Quiz See the assessment section above. 1 x 20 = 20 5.7%
Personal Introduction See the calendar section below. 1 x 10 = 10 2.9%
Contrasting Views Ideas List See the assessment section above. 4 x 10 = 40 11.4%
Contrasting Views Compelling Position Paragraph
See the assessment section above. 4 x 10 = 40 11.4%
Contrasting Views Compelling Position Responses
See the assessment section above. 8 x 5 = 40 11.4%
Q&A Papers See the assessment section above. 5 x 20 = 100 28.6%
Midterm Exam See the assessment section above. 1 x 50 = 50 14.3%
Final Exam See the assessment section above. 1 x 50 = 50 14.3%
Total: 350 100%
LETTER GRADE ASSIGNMENT
Letter Grade Final Average in Percent
F 59% and below
COURSE SCHEDULE – Due Dates for Reading, Writing, and Other Assignments Week 1: Monday, 9/16-Thursday, 9/19
Syllabus Quiz Opens on Monday, 9/16 at 8 AM and closes Thursday, 9/19 at 11:45 PM. Personal Introduction Discussion Forum Opens on Monday, 9/16 at 8 AM and closes Thursday, 9/19 at 11:45 PM. Read: American Government, Chapter 2: The Constitution and Its Origins Study: POL 101 U1 P1: Politics of the American Founding (PPT Slides) Week 2: Friday, 9/20-Thursday, 9/26
Read: American Government, Chapter 4: Civil Liberties Study: POL 101 U1 P2: Fundamental American Liberties (PPT Slides)
DISCUSSION FORUM #1 Opens Friday, 9/20 at 12 AM and closes Thursday, 9/26 at 11:45 PM
Topic: “Does the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution Guarantee a Right to Privacy?” The articles are posted on Canvas. List and Paragraph: Post by Sunday, 9/22 at 11:45 PM or the most you can earn is 5/10 points on each of them, i.e. half credit. Response 1: Post by Tuesday, 9/24 at 11:45 PM or the most you can earn is 3/5 points, i.e. partial credit.
Response 2: Post by Thursday, 9/26 at 11:45 PM.
Week 3: Friday, 9/27-Thursday, 10/3
Read: American Government, Chapter 6: The Politics of Public Opinion Study: POL 101 U1 P3: The Ideas that Shape America (PPT Slides) Study: POL 101 U1 P4: Public Opinion (PPT Slides)
Q&A Paper #1: “How Conversation Became Exhausting” from The Death of Expertise. The excerpt and question are posted on Canvas. Please upload your paper to the proper submodule on Canvas by Thursday, 10/3 at 11:45 PM Week 4: Friday, 10/4-Thursday 10/10
Read: American Government, Chapter 7: Voting and Elections Study: POL 101 U1 P5: Campaigns and Elections (PPT Slides) Q&A Paper #2: “#GovernmentSucks from Running from Office. The excerpt and question are posted on Canvas. Please upload your paper to the proper submodule on Canvas by Thursday, 10/10 at 11:45 PM Week 5: Friday, 10/11-Thursday, 10/17
Read: American Government, Chapter 8: The Media Study: POL 101 U1 P6: Media, Technology, and Government (PPT Slides) DISCUSSION FORUM #2 Opens Friday, 10/11 at 12 AM and closes Thursday, 10/17 at 11:45 PM
Topic: “Is Partisan Media Exposure Bad for Democracy?” from The Enduring Debate. The articles are posted on Canvas. Note: This forum has three different articles. Only pull a total of ten ideas across all three (not five from each).
List and Paragraph: Post by Sunday, 10/13 at 11:45 PM or the most you can earn is 5/10 points on each of them, i.e. half credit.
Response 1: Post by Tuesday, 10/15 at 11:45 PM or the most you can earn is 3/5 points, i.e. partial credit.
Response 2: Post by Thursday, 10/17 at 11:45 PM. Read: American Government, Chapter 9: Political Parties Study: POL 101 U1 P7: Political Parties (PPT Slides) Week 6: Friday, 10/18-Thursday, 10/24
MIDTERM EXAM over the first half of the quarter Opens on Friday, 10/18 at 12 AM and closes Thursday, 10/24 at 11:45 PM Week 7: Friday, 10/25-Thursday, 10/31
Read: American Government, Chapter 10: Interest Groups and Lobbying Study: POL 101 U2 P1: Interest Groups (PPT Slides)
Q&A Paper #3: Seventeen Traditions. The excerpt and question are posted on Canvas. Please upload your paper to the proper submodule on Canvas by Thursday, 10/31 at 11:45 PM Week 8: Friday, 11/1-Thursday, 11/7
Read: American Government, Chapter 5: Civil Rights Study: POL 101 U2 P2: The Struggle for Civil Rights (PPT Slides) Q&A Paper #4: Spying on Americans. The excerpt and question are posted on Canvas. Please upload your paper to the proper submodule on Canvas by Thursday, 11/7 at 11:45 PM Read: American Government, Chapter 16: Domestic Policy Study: POL 101 U2 P3: Public Policy (PPT Slides) DISCUSSION FORUM #3 Opens on Friday, 11/1 at 12 AM and closes on Thursday, 11/7 at 11:45 PM
Topic: “Is Bigger Government Better Government?” The articles are posted on Canvas.
List and Paragraph: Post by Sunday, 11/3 at 11:45 PM or the most you can earn is 5/10 points on each of them, i.e. half credit. Response 1: Post by Tuesday, 11/5 at 11:45 PM or the most you can earn is 3/5 points, i.e. partial credit. Response 2: Post by Thursday, 11/7 at 11:45 PM.
Week 9: Friday, 11/8-Thursday, 11/14
Read: American Government, Chapter 11: Congress Study: POL 101 U2 P4: Congress (PPT Slides) Week 10: Friday, 11/15-Thursday, 11/21
Read: American Government, Chapter 12: The Presidency Study: POL 101 U2 P5: The Presidency (PPT Slides) Q&A Paper #5: “A Swamp Divided.” The article and question are posted on Canvas. Please upload your paper to the proper submodule on Canvas by Thursday, 11/21 at 11:45 PM Week 11: Friday, 11/29-Thursday 12/5
Read: American Government, Chapter 13: The Courts DISCUSSION FORUM #4 Opens on Friday, 11/29 at 12 AM and closes on Thursday, 12/5 at 11:45 PM
Topic: “Is the Death Penalty an Unconstitutional Punishment for Juvenile Offenders?” The articles are posted on Canvas.
List and Paragraph: Post by Sunday, 12/1 at 11:45 PM or the most you can earn is 5/10 points on each of them, i.e. half credit. Response 1: Post by Tuesday, 12/3 at 11:45 PM or the most you can earn is 3/5 points, i.e. partial credit. Response 2: Post by Thursday, 12/5 at 11:45 PM.
Week 12: Friday, 12/6-Tuesday, 12/10
Final Exam over the second half of the quarter Opens on Friday, 12/6 at 12 AM and closes on Tuesday, 12/10 at 11:45 PM. NOTE: You do not have an entire week to complete it. Make sure that you plan accordingly. OTHER INFORMATION Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: In compliance with accessibility laws, I am available at any time to discuss any accommodations any student requires for this class. Students are encouraged to contact LTCC DRC (http://www.ltcc.edu/web/current- students/disability-resource-center) for information and assistance. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify me and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact the DRC in room A205 or by phone at (530) 541-4660 extension 249. Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism Statement: All submitted work for this course must be in your own words. Do not copy from the Internet or other sources nor allow someone else to do assignments for you. Papers that are plagiarized will receive a grade of zero. Papers and other submitted assignments that are similar in content will result in both students receiving a grade of zero. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense and will not be tolerated. Please do your own work at all times. If you have any questions please refer to the LTCC college catalog: Student Rights & Responsibilities – Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism Policy; Disciplinary Actions, current catalog. The use of any electronic devices during quizzes/exams will be considered academic dishonesty and dealt with in accordance with the LTCC Student Catalogue- Academic Dishonesty policy. Tutoring: The URL to the Tutoring & Learning Center (TLR) is as follows: http://www.ltcc.edu/web/new- students/tutoring_learning_center. For general questions, please contact us at [email protected], [email protected] or call (530) 541-4660 x740 or x744. Library & Study Areas ext. 232: The 15,000 square foot high-tech library has been designed to give students a spacious, comfortable and stimulating environment. The new facility offers a variety of learning areas, including a half dozen group study rooms, an audio-visual viewing room, a fireside reading den, and study carrels overlooking the forest. The services and materials provided include 40,000 books, magazines, DVD’s, CD’s, videos, 25 computer stations, and wireless access. Please see the back of the schedule for the library hours. The URL to the Library is: http://library.ltcc.edu/