Professor Robert Friedman
Political Science 1: Essentials of Government


Welcome to the Political Science 1 home page on the World Wide Web. These electronic pages provide information for the course Essentials of Government taught over television by Professor Robert Friedman at California State University, Sacramento. This course introduces the basics of national, state, and local governments. It is open to all students.  There are a number of options for viewing the class both in a real time fashion and on a delayed basis.

Section 12 is a hybrid course with both classroom and online assignments.  Section 34 is fully online but can also be taken in the classroom, if space is available.

The Professor has a virtual office hour is available on Mondays between 2-3:30PM.  You need to make an appointment on the calendar to reserve a time slot.

Professor Friedman,

Student assistant:


Email address

Office and office hours

Margot Rinaldo




January 3, 2020




Be sure to check the calendar out frequently so that you are informed of the assignments and any updates. Note: G is for Ginsburg, We the People, and GC is for Governing California and R is for readings on the Web.

If you have a disability and require accommodations, you need to provide disability documentation to SSWD, Lassen Hall 1008, (916) 278-6955. Please discuss your accommodation needs with me or one of the student assistants after class or during my office hours early in the semester.



  Core Syllabus

Textbook information: Ginsburg, We the People: 12th Core Edition
Governing California 6th Edition  
A discounted package of the texts is available at the campus bookstore. 


All textbooks are on reserve at the Library Reserve Book Room.  The text reading for the first few weeks is available on Canvas.

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