Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
- TITLE OF COURSE: SS1403 - American National Government
- COURSE DESCRIPTION: Three credit hours. (Three hours lecture.) American National Government will cover the origin and adoption of the American Constitution, structure of the national government, the processes of popular control and the basic principles of the American Constitutional System. For each unit of credit, a minimum of three hours per week with one of the hours
for class and two hours for studying/preparation outside of class is expected. Pre-requisite: none
- DIVISION/DEPT/PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT:
- Division Statement: The mission of the Humanities and Social Sciences is to foster an appreciation of the role that the humanities and social sciences has played in the evolution of civilized society and to explore the ways that an understanding of theory and practice in philosophy, the social and behavioral sciences, the fine arts, and written and oral expression will enable students to participate thoughtfully in a global society.
- Department Statement: The mission of political science is to study the structures and processes in politics to understand the roles of institutions and citizens in the society, the nation and the world.
- TEXTBOOK AND MATERIALS: Barbour, Christine, and Gerald C. Wright, Keeping the Republic Essentials. 5th ed. Washington: CQ Press, 2012.
- SCCC/ATS OUTCOMES:
- Graduates of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School should demonstrate the ability to:
- Outcome 1: Read with comprehension, be critical of what they read, and apply knowledge gained to real life situations.
- Students will be required to read the textbook, as well as other assigned reading.
- Their comprehension, critical analysis, and ability to apply their new found knowledge will be assessed by classroom discussion, oral presentations on assigned works and objective tests.
- Outcome 2: Communicate their ideas clearly and proficiently in writing, appropriately adjusting content and arrangement for varying audiences, purposes, and situations.
- Students will be required to engage in classroom discussion, and write comparison and evaluation papers requiring critical thinking.
- In addition, student communication skills will be evaluated through the use of in class presentations.
- Mastery of these SCCC/ATS outcomes will be substantiated by successful completion of the course with a grade of C (70%) or better.
- GENERAL COURSE OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENTS: Outcomes are in accordance with 2012 Kansas Core Outcomes Project. Upon completion of SS1403 American National Government, students will be able to do the following:
- Identify, distinguish, and analyze the roles, powers, and relationships among the 3 branches of government (legislative/judicial/executive).
- Political Behavior
- Identify forms of political participation, differentiate among organizations engaged in elections, and analyze participation in US democracy.
- Public Policy
- Understand and analyze how policy decisions are made and the impact of policy on the public.
- Explain the origins and the evolution of United States Constitutional Democracy.
- By the end of the semester, students will have had an opportunity to sharpen their written expression by submitting in class and out of class writing assignments.
- Assessment on the assignments will be determined by the following criteria:
- Content–in what ways does the student demonstrate the ability to capture the essential aspects of the material?
- Grammar–to what degree does the student demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing without spelling and grammatical errors?
- Factual Analysis–to what extent does the student demonstrate the ability to summarize the content?
- Insightful Analysis–to what extent does the student demonstrate the ability to think broadly about the subject in terms of alternative perspectives, latent meanings, or what might have been?
- Rational Analysis–to what extent does the student demonstrate the ability to identify the main themes and explain why these are the most important?
- Evaluative Analysis–to what extent does the student demonstrate the ability to share evaluation in terms of such issues as clarity, suitability, interest, and enhancement of knowledge?
- Mastery of these outcomes will be demonstrated by successful completion of these assignments with a grade of C (70%) or better.
- Expected learning outcomes of this course are in alignment with the learning objectives established by the Kansas Core Outcomes Project.
- TOPICAL COURSE OUTLINE:
- Basic concepts of political systems.
- Basic concepts in studying American politics.
- The development in the American Constitution.
- The legislature
- The executive and electoral process.
- The judiciary.
- The lobbyists and pressure groups.
- Public opinion and public participation.
- Political parties.
- The bureaucracy.
- Civil rights.
- Changing attitudes towards government's role in society.
- INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:
- Lecture and discussion.
- Video tapes.
- Computer time.
- INSTRUCTIONAL AND RESOURCE MATERIALS:
- Audio-visual materials.
- METHODS OF ASSESSMENT:
- Objective tests
- Written Assignments
- Class attendance and participation
- ADA STATEMENT:
- If you believe that you are entitled to special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Dean of Student Services at 620-417-1016 or visit the office located in the Hobble Academic Building.
- CORE OUTCOMES PROJECT:
- KRSN Course POL1020
The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course outline or syllabus meet, or
exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core
Outcomes Groups project for this course as approved by the Kansas Board of