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National Park, AR · General Education · General Education Soc Sci

American National Government
POLS-1113

  • Spring 2021
  • Section
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/15/2021
  • Modified 02/16/2021

Class Information

Class Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Class Time: 900 – 9:50

Class Location: CP 206

Class Format: Web-Enhanced

Course Description

Studies the historical and modern role of government in American life. Specific attention is given to constitutional development and the various mechanisms of contemporary American politics.

ACTS Equivalent: PLSC 2003

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Next Course in Sequence:  None

Objectives

General Education Purpose and Objectives

Purpose

National Park College (NPC) is committed to its mission statement, "Learning is our focus, student success is our goal."  NPC is dedicated to helping all students develop as communicators, critical thinkers, and professionals who behave ethically and recognize the diversity of the world around them. The General Education Objectives are designed to be an integral component of all courses at NPC.

General Education Objectives (GEO)

It is the expectation that upon successful completion of a certificate or degree program at National Park College, the student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
  2. Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  4. Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.

Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)

Course Equivalent

Course Title:       American National Government

Course Number:     PLSC 2003

Course Description

The introduction to the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government and other related political activities.

ACTS Course Objectives (ACO):

The student will be able to explain, discuss, recognize, and/or apply knowledge of the following topics:

  1. Three branches of the American government (Executive, Judicial, Legislative) (CLO 2, 4)
  2. Constitution (CLO 1)
  3. Political Parties and interest groups (CLO 3)
  4. Campaigns and elections (CLO 2)
  5. Civil liberties and civil rights (CLO 5)
  6. Federalism (CLO 2)
  7. Public opinion (CLO 3, 5)

Course Level Objectives (CLO)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the key elements of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution (i.e., the Supremacy, Commerce, Elastic, and Full Faith and Credit clauses), and of the Bill of Rights. (GEO 3)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of procedural democracy through an examination of the policy making processes of the three branches of government, the separation of powers in the federal system, the electoral process and political parties, and the influence of interest groups. (GEO 3)
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to understand how political socialization, the media and public opinion, and political ideology affect the individual student’s personal values of equality, order, and freedom. (GEO 2, 3)
  4. Interpret data that relates to governmental functions and policy making and integrate the data into written assignments, discussion board posts, or other classroom work. (GEO 2, 3)
  5. Discuss the connection between the democratic process and questions of race, gender, and class through a review of civil rights, civil liberties, and current social equality issues. (GEO 1, 3, 4)

Required and Recommended Materials

Required Textbook:

   Title of Textbook: American Government 2nd Edition

   Author: Glen Krutz 

   Publisher: Open Stax at Rice University

This textbook is provided for free, online.

https://openstax.org/details/books/american-government-2e 

Course Activities

Activities

Points

Get to Know You Quiz

  1 Quiz Worth 25 Points

25

Weekly Quizzes     

15 Quizzes Worth 20 Points Each           

300

Analysis Papers                    

3 Analysis Papers Worth 225 Points Each

675

Total

1000

 

All required assignments will be completed online.

There will be no examinations in this course.

Extra credit assignments will be available.

No student may earn more than 200 total points of extra credit.

Grading Policy

In this class, only total points matter. 

Final Grade

Point Range

A

900 or More

B

800 - 899

C

700 - 799

D

600 - 699

F

599 or Less

Course Policies

Any student who is not physically present in the classroom for the entire class meeting may be marked absent.


Excused absences will be granted to any student that requests an excused absence.


Late work will only be accepted in cases of very serious emergencies as determined by the instructor.


IMPORTANT: No student will receive an extension or a makeup opportunity due to technical problems. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a reliable computer, internet connection, updated software, and the technical expertise needed to complete this course.


I will typically respond to emails and course messages within 24 hours Monday - Friday.

 

Class Schedule

 

Topics May Change Without Notice

 

Due Dates Will Not Change Unless Notice is Posted on D2L

 



 

January 2021

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

 

10

 

11

 

12

 

13

Welcome to the Class

14

 

15

What is government and what does it do?

16

Get to Know You

Quiz

Due at Midnight

17

 

18

Campus Closed

Martin Luther

King Jr. Holiday

---

No Class

19

 

20

Types of

Government

And the

Analysis

Assignment

21

 

22

No Class

Work on 

Analysis 1

23

Quiz 1

Due at Midnight

24

 

25

 Government

in the

British

Colonies 

26

 

27

The Declaration of

Independence

and

The Articles

of Confederation

 

28

 

29

No Class

Work on 

Analysis 1

30

Quiz 2

Due at Midnight

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2021

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

1

Introduction

To the

Consitution and

Compromise

 

2

 

3

Guest Lecture

James Montgomery

On Police Use of Force

 

4

 

5

Preamble and

Article 1

The Legislature

Part 1

6

Quiz 3

Due at Midnight

7

 

8

Preamble and

Article 1

The Legislature

Part 1

9

 

10

Article 2

The

Executive

Part 1

11

 

12

Article 2

The

Executive

Part 2

13

Quiz 4

Due at Midnight

14

 

15  

Article 3 – Judiciary

Article 4 – Full Faith & Credit

Article 6 – Supremacy Clause

 

16

 

17

When Branches Clash

Impeachment

18

 

19

The 1st

Amendment

---

Trump and Twitter

 

 

 

20

 

21

 

22

The 2nd

Amendment

23

 

24

The 3rd

And 4th Amendment

25

 

26

No Class

Work On Analysis 1

---

The Instructor Will

Be In His Office and on Zoom During Class time to Help As Needed

 

 

27

Analysis 1AndQuiz 5Due at Midnight

Quiz 5 and Quiz 6

Due at Midnight

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2021

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

1

The 5th and 6th

Amendments

 

 

2

 

3

The 7th and 8th

Amendments

4

 

5

The 9th and 10th

Amendments

 

6

Quiz 7

Due at Midnight

7

 

8

Mid Term Grades

Due a 4:30 PM

---

Amendments

11 – 27

Part 1

 

9

 

10

Amendments

11 – 27

Part 2

11

 

12

Don’t

Get

Arrested

13

Quiz 8

Due at Midnight

14

 

15

Political

Parties

Part 1

 

16

 

17

Political

Parties

Part 2

18

 

19

Guest Lecture

By Dr. Derden on

The Logic of Congressional Action

20

Quiz 9

Due at Midnight

 

 

 

21

 

22

Campus Closed

Spring Break

23

Campus Closed

Spring Break

24

Campus Closed

Spring Break

25

Campus Closed

Spring Break

26

Campus Closed

Spring Break

27

 

28

 

29

Cabinet

Departments

Part 1

 

30

 

31

Last Day

To

Withdraw

 

Cabinet

Departments

Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2021

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

No Class

Work on

Analysis 2

---

The Instructor Will

Be In His Office and on Zoom During Classtime to Help As Needed

 

3

Analysis 2 and

Quiz 10

Due at Midnight

 

4

 

5

Terrorism

And Extremist

Groups

Part 1

6

 

7

Terrorism

And Extremist

Groups

Part 2

8

 

9

Congressional

Dangers

---

Sumner Beating

Murder of James Hinds

Jonestown

 

10

Quiz 11

Due at Midnight

11

 

12

Media

Fact Checking

And Bias

13

 

14

Immigration

Part 1

15

 

16

Immigration

Part 2

17

Quiz 12

Due at Midnight

18

 

19

Public Health

And Covid

20

 

21

Government

Support for the

Economy

 

 

22

 

 

23

A Guide to

Protesting

 

24

Quiz 13

Due at Midnight

25

 

26

There is Hope

A Brief History of

How America Has Overcome Great Challenges

Part 1

27

 

28

There is Hope

A Brief History of

How America Has Overcome Great Challenges

Part 2

29

 

30

Last Day of Classes

---

No Class Work

On Analysis

---

The Instructor Will

Be In His Office and on Zoom During Classtime to Help As Needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2021

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Analysis 3

And Quiz 14 and 15

Due at Midnight

2

 

3

No Class

4

No Class

5

No Class

6

No Class

7

No Class

8

All Extra Credit and

Make Up Work

Due at Midnight

9

 

10

 

11

Final Grades Due

12

 

13

 

14

 

15

 

16

 

17

 

18

 

19

 

20

 

21

 

22

 

23

 

24

 

25

 

26

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

NPC Policies

Board Policy 6.600 -- NPC Attendance Policy

Instructions to Students regarding attendance:

  1. Students are responsible to know and comply with syllabus attendance and coursework guidelines in each of their courses.
  2. Students are expected to meet all attendance requirements and engage in coursework as outlined in the course syllabus. Failure to maintain satisfactory course participation is the equivalent of excessive absenteeism and may result in the student being dropped. To maintain good-standing in online courses, students are expected to submit assigned coursework in a timely manner per instructor requirements.
  3. Students participating in athletics or a college-sponsored extracurricular activity are required to communicate scheduled absences ahead of time and to make arrangements with their instructors regarding missed coursework, including exams. The instructor determines how academic work associated with a college-sponsored absence(s) can be completed by the student.
  4. Failure to meet a course’s attendance policy does not mean a student will be automatically withdrawn from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from a course should do so either online through the student’s account or in person by visiting Student Affairs.
  5. Students who do not withdraw from a course by the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date will receive an earned grade.
  6. A faculty member may administratively withdraw a student from a course, including online courses, any time during the semester up to the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date if attendance does not meet syllabus guidelines.
  7. Students will not be administratively withdrawn by faculty after the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date except in life-changing circumstances or as a result of military orders.
  8. The withdrawal of a student from all courses may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received as calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with government grant guidelines.
  9. Only in extraordinary circumstances may a student earn a grade of IP (In Progress) to defer course completion. Please see the Incomplete Grades policy in the Student Handbook located at www.np.edu.

The full attendance policy is available by clicking on this link to the Board Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

National Park College considers honesty and integrity as essential qualities of any learning institution. The faculty and staff strive to live up to these qualities in all aspects of their lives and encourage their students to do the same. Integrity and moral values will carry over in to their professional lives and careers. NPC’s goal is to successfully prepare all students for their futures and equip them to handle whatever challenges they may face; therefore, NPC considers academic dishonesty as unacceptable.

Any NPC students who display dishonesty in their behavior while attending classes at NPC will be subject to disciplinary action to help the student first and foremost, but to also protect the rights, dignity, and property of others while maintaining an environment that fosters success and learning.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations may range from receiving an “F” on the assignment in question up to permanent removal from the College.

  1. Technology manipulation
  2. Collusion
  3. Deception
  4. Misrepresentation and Lying
  5. Cheating
  6. Plagiarism
  7. Fabrication and Falsification
  8. Stealing, Defacing, and Destruction of Property

Please take time to read the entire policy, which can be found by clicking on this link to the Academic Honesty Policy.

LMS Policy

Brightspace by Desire to Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system (LMS) for the College. All students are expected to complete the LMS Student Training prior to the first day of class during their first semester here. Below you will find various policies relating to the LMS.

Privacy Policy:  Links to the privacy policies for all external tools used in the course are provided in the LMS. You can find the various privacy policies by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Accessibility Statement:  Links to the accessibility statements for all technologies required in the course are provided in LMS. You can find the various accessibility statements by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Netiquette Policy:  The netiquette policy for this course is located in your course in the LMS. You can find the Netiquette policies by clicking on the Netiquette Link by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Flexibility Clause:  The aforementioned requirements, assignments, policies, evaluation procedures, etc., are subject to change. Learners’ experiences and needs, as well as emerging knowledge, will be considered in modifying this course syllabus.

ADA Statement

National Park College (NPC) believes in providing equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. It is our goal to ensure equal and comprehensive access to College programs, services, and campus facilities. It is the policy of NPC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College. National Park College’s ADA statement may be accessed by clicking on this link to ADA statement.

The Disability Services office is located in Room 225 of the Student Commons Building. You are also welcome to call us at (501) 760-4227 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Students with disabilities should visit our website using this link to disability services for more information.

Student Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides tutoring and other resources to help students succeed. Visit our webpage at this link to the Academic Success Center.

Computer Services Department

The Computer Services Department provides computing resources for students including password resets. Visit our webpage at this link to the Computer Services Department.

NPC Library

The NPC Library provides a wide variety of services to students. Visit the NPC Library website.

LMS Support

Support for the LMS is available through NPC Online by email to [email protected], phone at 501-760-4292, or visit Charlotte Phelps Room 204.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides test support for students and faculty. To learn more about the testing center visit our webpage at Testing Center.

Class Schedule

The schedule for this course will be made available in the LMS.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as the semester progresses.

Course Evaluations

Students will be asked to evaluate their instructor and course near the end of the semester. These student evaluations are very important to the improvement in the quality of instruction and course materials. All results are anonymous and shared with the faculty only after the semester is over and grades have been posted.

Legal Disclaimer

The schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. The instructor will always inform the students of any changes in a timely manner.

In the event of a community crisis the college reserves the right to change the mode of instruction for any or all classes.