|POLITICAL SCIENCE 165
Dr. William Angel
Office: GA 460B
Winter Quarter 2008
will raise questions about power and leadership in democratic societies.
In working our way through the course outline we'll discover that
politics appears in different forms and occurs in a variety of
communities. Much of our study will derive from our familiarity with the
American political process, but we will also direct our attention to
other places, thus giving the course a comparative and global focus.
The course is student-centered, meaning that significant direction will
come from you and the questions you raise as you interact with course
assignments and participate in class discussions. Much of our study will
occur in a discussion group format, with students participating in small
groups and within meetings of the entire class.
By the end of the course, you will acquire a sophisticated understanding
of the politics which affect everyday life. You will also have an
appreciation for the global nature of political activity. Greater
sophistication will, in turn, spawn heightened political awareness and,
hopefully, activism. Because you will be armed with the knowledge of how
politics works, you will be in a position to evaluate political crises
and problems existing in the world today. Greater understanding of
political processes will inspire you to be a participating citizen and
not a passive spectator of politics.
Shively, Power and Choice, 10th edition
Ibsen/Miller, An Enemy of the People
Machiavelli, The Prince
The New York Times (student subscription via the Lima Campus
Your final grade will be based on evaluation of the following assignments:
First midterm (100 points); second midterm (100 points); final exam (150
points); quizzes (30 points); class participation (20 points). As the
course progresses, I will supply additional information on these
assignments. Grade scale will be as follows: A=360 points; B=320-359
points; C=280-319 points; D=240-279 points.