American Government-Hist 118

American Government-HIS 118 OM

Fall Intersession Oct.18-Dec.7 2018

3 Credits

Instructor

Tammy Satter

Phone

570-862-2565

Office

 

E-mail

tammy.satter@falcons.lackawanna.edu

tlhsatter@yahoo.com

 

Office Hours

Online through Chat, Email, or by phone at a mutually convenient scheduled time

 

 

 

Text

We the People, Benjamin Ginsberg, Theodore J. Lowi, Margaret Weir, Caroline J. Tolbert,

Shorter 10 Th Edition, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.

 

Description

This three-credit introductory course surveys the rise, development, structure, operations and

problems of American government. It offers an analysis of the historical and intellectual forces

shaping government in America, as well as providing an analytical framework to help the

student understand the structure, functions, and problems of American federal government.

 

Objectives

1. To analyze the rise, development, structure, operations, and problems of American

Government, with an emphasis on American national government.

2. To offer an analysis of the historical and intellectual forces which have shaped the

formation of government in America from the Colonial Era to modern America.

3. To analyze the framework supporting the structure of government in America, as well as

review the many functions of government in America, from the local level to the

national level.

4. To review and analyze the major documents creating government, including the

Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution and the Bill

of Rights, in order to identify and understanding the philosophical and intellectual

influences shaping these documents. Included in this review is the Philadelphia

Convention of 1787 -- the Constitutional Convention -- and the dynamics of that

gathering which gave the Constitution its unique structure, powers, and controversy.

5. To analyze the origins and development of political parties and their appeal and impact

upon the whole spectrum of American political history.

6. To critique the varied issues confronting Americans today derived from such topics as

Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, and what they mean; the separation of powers and the

concomitant issue of the balance of powers among the three branches of government

7. To research the current US political issue

 

Requirements

Requirements

Discussion questions require a minimum of 300 words each and are due Tuesdays (DQ1) and Thursdays (DQ 2)

Answer secondary questions-minimum 150 words

Responses require a minimum of 50 words 4 times a week

There is a research paper due on a current US political movement such as “Black Lives Matter, “Me Too Movement”- 3 pages, 3 sources

There is a final essay to be announced.

View and listen to PowerPoint presentations and Jeopardy games and view YouTube links. They are intended to aid you with the discussion question and overall knowledge.

 

 

Evaluation                                                                                                                                         

Discussion questions -see rubric below

Research a current world problem- see research rubric-25 points

Final Essay question-20 points-see rubric final essay. It is the same as the research rubric except there is no bibliography

 

 

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

65 points per week for a total of 455 points + 25 points for the research paper and 20 points for the final essay. 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)

10 points each

 

 

 

Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)

10 points

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)

10 points

 

 

 

Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)

5 points

 

 

 

Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

10 points

 

 

 

Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

 5 points

 

 

 

Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

3  points

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

2  points

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

 65 points

 

 

 

 

Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add a course will automatically be dropped from the course.

 

# of Days Required for Discussion

 in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks

Allowed without Discussion

Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)

0

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I respond to at least two classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I participate in the discussion on 4 separate days?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?

 

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.

 

Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 

Instructor Policies

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

Grading

 

 

Grading

Research paper Rubric                                                                                                                         Score

Introduction

 

 

 

Content Clear and got the attention of the audience

5 points

Topic is somewhat clear, satisfactory attention

3 point

Topic is unclear, vague, gathered little attention

1 points

 

Content

 

 

Thorough discussion of the topic. Strong evidence of Research

 

 

5 points

Some points were identified with sufficient support

 

 

 

3 point

Demonstrates little knowledge of topic

 

 

 

1 points

 

Organization and Clarity of Report

Very well understood by audience

 

 

 

5 points

Shoes adequate planning, some portions need clarification and improvement in logic

 

3 point

Minimum planning, some sections disorganized and confusing

 

1points

 

 

Conclusion

Smooth transition led to clear summarization of central theme

 

5 points

Transition was somewhat abrupt

And summary was unrelated to the central theme

3 Point

Transition was not used, information was not related to the body of the presentation

1 Points

 

 

Bibliography

3 credible sources arranged in bibliographic format

5 points

Questionable sources and improper citation

3 point

No bibliography

 

1 points

 

 

Topic__________________________________________________

 

Student’ Name__________________________________________                 Total Score____________       

*Essay rubric will be downloaded at a later date

 

 

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”

 

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 

Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based harassment. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 

Course Schedule

 

Week

Topic

 

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

10/21-10/28

 Chpt.2 The Founding and the Constitution

 Chpt.  3, Federalism

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Read Chapter 2 and 3

 

Voice over PowerPoint

Discussion of Research paper

DQ 1 due Tuesday 11:55 pm

 

DQ 2 due Thursday 11:55 pm

3

10/28-11/4

  Chpt. 4, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  Chpt. 5, Public Opinion

1,2,3,4,5,6

Read Chapters 4 and 5

Voice over PowerPoint

Journaling

DQ 1, Due Tuesday at 11:55 pm

DQ 2, Due Thursday at 11:55 pm

4

11/4-11/11

   Chapt. 6 The Media

   Chapt. 7 Political Parties

1,2,3,4,5,6,

Read Chapters 6 and 7

PowerPoint

Podcasts

MSNBC, FOX, SNL

DQ 1 Due Tuesday at 11:55 pm

DQ 2 Due Thursday at 11:55 pm

     5

11/11-11/18

Chapter 8, Interest Groups

Chapter 9, The Congress

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Read Chapters 8 and 9

Jeopardy

PowerPoint

DQ 1 Due Tuesday at 11:55 pm

DQ 2 Due Thursday at 11:55 pm

 

     6

11/18-

11/25

 Chapter 10- The Presidency

 Chapter 11- Bureaucracy

1,2,3,4,5,6,

Read Chapters 10 and 11

Jeopardy

PowerPoint

DQ 1 Due Tuesday at 11:55 pm

DQ  2 Due Thursday at 11:55 pm

     7

11/25-

Dec/2

Chapter 12.

The Federal Courts

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Read Chapters 11 and 12

Debate (Brett Kavanaugh)

PowerPoint

DQ 1 Due Tuesday at 11:55 pm

DQ 2 Due Thursday at 11:55 pm

 

Research Paper Due

   8

Dec 2/Dec  6

Final Essay Chpt. 13 Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy

1,2,3,4,5,6,

Read Chapters 13 and Chapter 14

PowerPoint

DQ1 Due Tuesday at 11:55 pm

DQ 2 Due Thursday  at 11:55 pm

Final Essay

 

There is a final essay.