SRJC Course Outlines

5/24/2024 5:43:04 AMSOCS 100 Course Outline as of Summer 2011

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  SOCS 100Title:  AMERICAN POLITICS  
Full Title:  American Politics
Last Reviewed:3/19/1992

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  SOCS 300

Catalog Description:
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Thematic survey of the development and operation of major American political and socio-economic institutions.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Thematic survey of the development & operation of major American political & socio-economic institutions.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The students will:
1.  Record and integrate material from text and lecture. This will
   be constantly related to current events.
2.  Define terms, and identify political and economic institutions
   and persons related to the current American culture.
3.  Daily discuss ongoing political and economic problems facing the
4.  Relate current problems to past policies of American institutions.
5.  In class discussions, apply thematic information of the course
   to current national circumstances.
6.  Use communication and analytical skills learned in class to
   demonstrate their proficiency on in class exams.
7.  Will be encouraged to question their values and popular political
8.  Motivated to observe the world around them and question the
   goals and outcomes of their society's actions.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction.
     A. Course requirements.
     B. Study of politics.
     C. Definitions.
     D. The political spectrum.
2.  The historical background.
     A. The colonization of North America.
     B. The colonial political experience.
     C. The American Revolution.
     D. Post-war problems.
3.  The constitution of 1787.
     A. The convention.
     B. The constitution itself.
     C. The principles of the constitution.
4.  The presidency.
     A. Background.
     B. Constitutional roles/requirements.
     C. Non-constitutional roles.
     D. Institutional aspects of the presidency.
5.  The bureaucracy.
     A. Characteristics of a bureaucracy.
     B. Description of our National Bureaucracy.
     C. Role of the bureaucracy.
     D. Measuring the bureaucracy.
6.  Congress.
     A. Description of congress.
     B. Role of congresspersons - re-election.
     C. The legislative process.
     D. Why things end the way they do.
7.  Macro-economics.
     A. Background.
     B. Fiscal policy.
     C. Monetary policy.
     D. The interdependent world.
8.  The court system.
     A. The federal courts.
     B. The state courts.
     C. Political distinctions between federal and state.
9.  Civil Liberties.
     A. Freedom to expression.
     B. Freedom to participate.
     C. Freedom from harassment.
10. Civil Rights.
     A. Attempts to enter the system.
     B. Tactics from the grass roots.
11. Interest groups.
     A. Definition and description.
     B. Tactics.
     C. Case histories.
12. The media.
     A. Television.
     B. Press.
     C. Control of the media.
     D. Manipulation of the media.
13. Voters.
     A. Political socialization.
     B. Apathy.
     C. Voting past and present.
14. Political Parties.
     A. Background.
     B. Role of parties.
     C. Parties today.
     D. California parties.
15. Campaigns.
     A. Money.
     B. The primaries.
     C. The conventions.
     D. The general election.

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1.  Read and study appropriate chapters of the text.
2.  Maintain awareness of current events shaping American political
   and economic landscape.
3.  Regular attendance of class.
4.  Frequent in-class participation.
5.  Note taking of material presented in class.
6.  Preparation for in-class, closed-book, no-notes examination.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Essay exams
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 70%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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