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General Information

Online POLS 1101 is designed for those who need flexibility in their schedule, feel comfortable communicating by email, have some experience using the Internet, and are self-motivated.  It is a great way to learn at home with a course based on individual assignments and collaborative discussions with fellow students.  The only on-campus meetings are the mandatory orientation and a proctored final exam.

What is the course about?

This course is an introduction to the study of American Government and deals primarily with the development and contemporary functioning of American political institutions with a focus upon the national government and national politics.  It satisfies the state legislative requirement concerning the United States Constitution and the Georgia Constitution.

What is the work load?

Since this is a 3 hour course, in general, students can expect to spend 3 to 12 hours a week involved in course work.  However, if your computer is at your home, you will save the drive time of going to and from campus twice a week. In addition, there are times when you can complete assignments ahead of the course schedule which may help with your time management and balancing your other responsibilities.

 What about the Course Materials and delivery?

The course uses Desire 2 Learn (aka D2L) to deliver the syllabus, weekly assignments, quizzes, course assignments, discussion area and some exams. Links to other resources to assist you in your learning will also be delivered via D2L. D2L is the learning management system for Georgia Highlands College and had recently undergone an upgrade.  Please note the following information and use the student tutorial to familiarize yourself with D2L prior to the mandatory course orientations.


Am I ready for an online class? Will you be successful in this course?

If this is your first online course, I would highly recommend that you take the Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator (READI) to assess your readiness, your goals, and your learning preferences.  

You can find the READI at  http://goml.readi.info/

On that page you will find several User Names and Passwords.  Select and use the one that best fits your major area of study.  When the READI opens, you will notice a navigation bar on the left side. The items listed in the bar are the areas that you will be measured on by the indicator.  At the end, a report will be displayed which you can use to help you prepare to be successful as a distance-learning student.

Mandatory Attendance :

You are only required to attend one orientation meeting and take an on-campus final exam.  All other weekly assignments, quizzes, and exams will be submitted online.

**NOTE** Any student that does not attend the MANDATORY orientation AND does NOT log into Vista during the first week of class will be administratively withdrawn from the course.

Use of Work Computers for the Course, Copyright, and Acceptable Use

Be sure that you check with, and get permission from, your employer before using their computer to work on this course.  Your employer may have Internet security settings or policies that restrict the use of their computers to work related activities. In addition, you will need to turn off screen capturing or recording software that your company may use as this violates the GHC copyright of this course.

All discussion posts and replies made within the Desire2Learn course site are considered private, non-public writings owned and copyrighted by the author and Georgia Highlands College. Redistribution or reuse outside of this class and Georgia Highlands College is strictly prohibited without written permission of the author and Ms. Hutchins.

Required Materials:

Textbook:

Ginsburg, Lowi, and Weir. We The People, Shorter Ninth Edition, Georgia Edition, 2013 Edition. 
 
Typical Assignments:

The following is a list of the typical number of assignments.  This is subject to change.

4 Exams

1 Final Exam

15 Quizzes

15 Course Assignments

16 Discussions

 

Georgia Highlands College

Political Science 1101

Course Description:

            This course is an introduction to the study of American Government and deals primarily with the development and contemporary functioning of American political institutions with a focus upon the national government and national politics.  It satisfies the state legislative requirement concerning the United States Constitution and the Georgia Constitution. 

Course Objectives:

            By the end of this course, students will demonstrate familiarity with the basic concepts of the American governmental system.  More specifically, students will demonstrate the following. 

  1. Describe how the American political system works.
  2. Describe how Georgia government works under the present constitution.
  3. Identify the historical and philosophical roots of America’s system of government and its Constitutional components.
  4. Explain the importance of civic responsibility in a participatory republic.
  5. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system.
  6. Use computer technology to discover information relating to politics and government.

Class Schedule

Week 1: American Political Culture

Week 2: The Founding and the Constitution

Week 3: Federalism

Week 4: Civil Liberties

Week 5: Civil Rights

Week 6: Public Opinion and the Media

Week 7: Political Participation and Voting

Week 8: Political Parties

Week 9: Campaigns and Elections

Week 10: Groups and Interests

Week 11: Congress

Week 12: The Presidency

Week 13: Bureaucracy

Week 14: Federal Courts

Week 15: Georgia Constitution

Page last updated: January 7, 2014