GOVT1– Essentials of Government
Professor Witko – Fall 2003
Tahoe Hall 3115
Office Hours: W: , TH: , and by appointment
Patterson, Thomas E. We the People. 5th ed. (McGraw Hill 2002)
Miroff, Seidelman and Swanstrom. Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics, 4th ed. (Houghton Mifflin 2003).
9th ed. (Longman 2002).
The first main objective of this course is to introduce
students to the basics of the
Exams – There will be a midterm (10/28) and a cumulative final exam (TBA).
Reaction Papers – Each student is responsible for handing in
5, 1 page single-spaced, reaction papers during the course of the
semester. You may write and turn in
these papers in any five weeks that you wish but you may not hand in more
than one paper per week. In these
papers you will respond to the debates regarding current political
controversies presented in Debating Democracy. A hand out with expectations and grading
criteria for this assignment will be distributed in class and probably also made
available on my web page. Papers on a
given topic are due the Thursday of the week that we cover that topic. In addition to seeing me during office hours,
if you need help with these assignments you may wish to contact the campus
Class Participation and Attendance- Much of the time spent in class will be lecture on the day’s topic, but I encourage students to ask questions and offer comments in class. Some days, the class will be geared more toward an interactive discussion than a lecture format. Therefore it is important to read and come prepared to discuss the material. Each recorded absence will reduce your participation and attendance grade by 5 points (starting at 100).
Extra Credit- An extra credit, short paper assignment will be offered in the second half of the semester.
Midterm Exam (30%)
Final Exam (30%)
Reaction Papers (30%)
Participation and Attendance (10%)
From time to time I will make useful material available on, or through my web page.
Week1 Introduction to the Study of Politics/Political Culture
(9/2-9/4) Read: WTP Chapter 1
Week2 American Political Theory and The Constitution
(9/9-9/11) Read: WTP Chapter 2, DD Chapter 1
Week 3 Federalism
(9/16-9/18) Read: WTP Chapter 3, DD Chapter 3
Week 4 Civil Liberties
(9/23-9/25) Read: WTP Chapters 4, DD Chapters 6
Week 5 Civil Rights
(9/30-10/2) Read: WTP Chapters 5, DD Chapters 7
Week6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization
(10/7-10/9) Read: WTP Chapter 6, DD Chapter 8
Week 7 Voting and Participation
(10/14-10/16) Read: WTP Chapter 7, DD Chapters 2 and 4
Week 8 Political Parties, Candidates and Campaigns
(10/21-10/23) Read: WTP Chapter 8, DD Chapter 10
Midterm Exam: 10/28
Week 9 Interest Groups
(10/28-10/30) Read: WTP Chapter 9, DD Chapter 11
Week 10 The Media
(11/4-11/6) Read: WTP Chapter 10, DD Chapter 9
Week 11 Congress
(11/11-11/13) Read: WTP Chapter 11, DD Chapter 13
Week 12 The Presidency
(11/18-11/20) Read: WTP Chapter 12, DD Chapter 14
Week 13 The Bureaucracy and the Judiciary
(11/25-11/27) Read: WTP Chapter 13 and 14, DD Chapter 15
Week 14 People
and Politics of
(12/2-12/4) Read: Field and Sohner Chapters 1-7
(12/9-12/11) Read: Field and Sohner Chapters 8-15
Final Exam: Schedule is available at: https://www.csus.edu/schedule/fall2003spring2004/exam.stm
Plagiarism is the use of distinctive ideas or
works belonging to another person without providing adequate acknowledgement of
that person's contribution. Regardless of the means of appropriation,
incorporating another's work into one's own requires adequate identification
and acknowledgement. Plagiarism is doubly unethical because it deprives the
author of rightful credit and gives credit to someone who has not earned it.
Acknowledgement is not necessary when the material used is common knowledge.
When the course is not noted, the following would constitute plagiarism:
1. Word-for-word copying.
2. The mosaic (to intersperse a few words of one's own here and there while, in essence, copying another's work).
3. The paraphrase (the rewriting of another's work, yet still using the fundamental idea or theory).
4. Fabrication (inventing or counterfeiting sources).
5. Ghost-written material (submitting another's effort as one's own).
It is also plagiarism to neglect quotation marks on material that is otherwise acknowledged. Plagiarism and acts associated with it are cause for disciplinary and/or legal action.
California Code of Regulations, Sections 41301 through 41304 of Title 5, Article 1.1 states, "Following procedures consonant with due process established pursuant to Section 41304, any student of a campus may be expelled, suspended, placed on probation or given a lesser sanction for one or more of the following causes which must be campus related:
(a) Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus."
Students with Disabilities
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 after class or during my office hours early in the semester.