Political Science 1, US Government, J. Meyer


Section 7181

Spring 2017 - Late Start/Short Term(7 Weeks)

- 100 % online

Prof. Joe Meyer, email: meyerjn@lacitycollege.edu - Please always put your section number and name on all emails and on all texts!

This is the Class Home Page/Syllabus.

Read This ENTIRE Web Page (and all links)...

About 15 pages, if you print it out...Too Much To Read???

Drop this class NOW!.

Class Home Page/ Syllabus

Table of Contents:

Textbooks, Class Rules & Expectations, SLO Rubric

  How to Reach Me
  Schedule (Due Dates)
  Grading & Assignments Explanations
  LACC & Related info
  DAY 1 (ONE) Checklist and "Student Statement"

*Helpful Hint*

*Read This Entire Web Page (and all links).

This class is 15 weeks - crammed into SEVEN (7) Weeks!

It moves very fast - do not fall behind or you will fail!

This online-short-term class is not easier than "regular online" classes, nor "normal" on campus classes... It is much more work, at an excelerated pace, and you DO IT ALONE!!!

Maybe this class is NOT FOR YOU?

THINK and be honest with yourself.


Textbook, Class Rules & Expectations and SLO Matrix:

GET YOUR BOOK NOW and start reading:  

Text: We the People, Ginsberg, Lowi & Weir. Shorter Tenth edition (10th, 2015), WW Norton Publisher (or any recent edition). You may purchase the new text from the LACC bookstore. It comes with a California Government text attached (for free?) Why not buy a used version of our text online?There are many versions of WW Norton's Ginsberg's We The People - any of them will work.

NOTE WELL: There are many US Government Texts called: "We the People." Only the one by Ginsberg, Lowi & Weir is acceptable. It must be published by W.W. Norton. Any recent used edition of this text by these authors and this publisher is acceptable to use for this class.

ALSO: "California Government" by Anagnoson et al., Published by WW Norton, 2015. OR California Government Textbook, ANY ONE WILL WORK! There are many used (and cheap) California Government Textbooks - they all work the same - they help you prepare to do your course project. Any recent California Government text will work... get a cheap used one online.


No Late Work will be accepted in this class. All late work will earn 0 points. No exceptions. You CANNOT TEXT Work! You CANNOT email work! All work is posted on eTudes in assignments and quizzes are taken on publisher's web site.

This class starts on April 10, 2017 and runs through June 5, 2017. No work will be accepted after 6/5/17.

Learn To Use APA.

You MUST use APA citation format for the Course Project and the California State Government Essay: click here for a great page on APA style citations.

Here is the official APA website: www.apastyle.org

Each Course Project has specific directions that should be followed.

All Course Projects must have an APA style bibliography. You are expected to do RESEARCH for your Course Project. You are expected to have citations in your Course Projects using the APA style citation format. Many assignments require a citaions in APA format.

This Class is all about YOU!

How much work are YOU going to do? (More than a regular class, that's for sure) How much can YOU motivate YOU?  Are you self motivated? If not: DROP THE CLASS. Its all about YOU!!!! This class is NOT LESS WORK than a so-called regular class.  It may be MORE WORK! Are you good at doing work EVERY DAY? If not, DROP THE CLASS!

Be Honest with Yourself!

Maybe this isn't for you!

This class is designed to be 100% online. All work is done through eTudes.

If all this seems too much, DROP THE CLASS NOW!

*Helpful Hint*

*If you have never used eTudes before...

Click on "eTudes help" and take the tutorial.

The "class discussions" (on eTudes) are bulletin boards where you post your thoughts and comment on others' on four specific topics (see below).

Please - DO NOT START A NEW TOPIC - just respond to my posts!

For the class discussions, the basic rule is, like email: Don't post anything you would not want your Grandma to hear you say (assuming you have a "normal" Grandma). No anonymous posting or childish b.s. like that PLEASE! This will greatly effect your grade! You should respond to others' postings and put forth your own ideas. Both are all part of contributing to a discussion, and that's how you earn participation points in the class.

I will open the discussions according to the class schedule.

I do not use the eTudes calender. We use the Class Schedule (Below).

You MUST adapt to the Schedule. It will not change for you.

Please, I DO NOT use eTudes private messenger, just email me or text.

DO NOT send me a private message on eTudes, please.

The "student lounge"(on eTudes) is where students can stay in touch with each other, work together, plan stuff, etc. Use eTudes (or email) to talk to your classmates. Build relationships and cooperation.

I do not read these.

Use each other, but DO YOUR OWN WORK!

It is up to you to track your progress on eTudes grade book. If you think I have made an error or an omission, email me ASAP!

But Remember:

The eTudes grade book is not the offical gradebook of the class. I may not change the eTudes grade book, but the important grade book, the OFFICIAL grade book, is my hand-written grade book in my office! (Yes, I have trust issues with technology)


Course Objectives:  Students will develop an understanding of and be able to discuss the following concepts: power, federalism, limited government, civil liberties, the pluralist and elite theories of U.S. government, the legislative process, the electoral process, interest groups, the independent judiciary, political parties, domestic and foreign policy and the role of the media in politics. Students will be able to write college level essays on all these topics. Students will be expected to analyze their own political beliefs and others'. Students will also learn to spot "ugly English."

Course Learning Outcomes &Rubric:

Students will (outcome)

To the following standard (criteria) As measured by the following method (assessment)

Fall '15 SLO: “Analyze the impact of the news media on American politics.”

Prompt: “Give an example of the news media’s  impact on US politics. Include strong thesis and explain the relevance of your example.”


(1) Strength of thesis in response to prompt, (2) Appropriateness and use of example.

“F”    0
No thesis

“D”     1
Poor thesis

“C”   2
Adequate thesis

“B”    3
Strong thesis

“A”    4
Exemplary thesis

No examples

Poor example

Adequate example

Strong example

Exemplary example



How to Reach Me:

The BEST way is to text me at

(323) 920 5308 - TEXT ONLY Please.

Please DO NOT leave me messages on eTudes. I do not use eTudes private messenger. DO NOT send work through private messenger.

On Campus Office Hours:

Mon. & Wed.: 12 - 1:45 pm

Wed., 5:30- 6:45pm

Stop by and visit sometime FH 219 - LACC ext. 2562

*Virtual Office Hours: T & Th 2-5pm

Or send me an email (meyerjn@lacitycollege.edu),

Or call and leave a message at (323) 953-4000 x2562

(Non emergency calls only - I check it through our email system)

Please remember, I DO NOT use eTudes private messenger and you CAN NOT send work to me that way.

TEXT ONLY - (323) 920 5308
*Text Only: (Google voice, PLEASE DO NOT leave a message, I will NOT pick up nor listen to voice messages on this number. (Don't know how, sorry, not gonna learn.)

During Virtual office hours, I will return your text as soon as I can, instantly if possible. The rest of the time I will get back to you within 24 hours (not Friday - Sunday).

Please! No Drunk Texting

(No drunk texting ever!)

Please: Do not communicate with me using Facebook or Linked-in or any other social media as these are NOT appropriate ways for us to communicate in this course. Please leave me my vitural privacy.

If you wish to do so, you may follow me on Instagram, under jopeyer. Please do not feel you should.


Schedule (Due Dates) (Each day ends at 11:59pm.)

You can do work early, but you CANNOT do it late!!!!

By the end of week 1 - if you have not done the student statement - you WILL be excluded from the class!

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat

week 1






Day 1 Student Statement DUE on eTudes


Class Disc #1 Opens

Read Text & Web Lecture "Intro to Poli Sci"



Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 1


Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 2



week 2




Course Project "1st Thesis" DUE on Etudes





Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 3


Ugly English Example & Translation DUE on eTudes



Class Disc #1 Closes




week 3





Class Disc #2 Opens

Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 4 & 5


Critical Thinking Project DUE on eTudes




Course Project

"Working References" DUE on Etudes

Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 6



week 4




5/1 Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 7

Social Media Grade Project DUE on eTudes




Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 8







Course Project "Working Thesis" DUE on Etudes



Class Disc #2 Closes


week 5





Class Disc #3 Opens

Party ID Project DUE on eTudes



Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 9



Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 10


Political Contribution Project DUE on eTudes




week 6



Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 11


Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 12


Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 13




Class Disc #3 Closes


week 7



Course Project DUE on eTudes


Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 14


Read Text & Web Lecture Ch 15





FINALS WEEK till . 6/5 - Monday - FINAL EXAM DUE (by 11:59pm)
When the assignment is closed on eTudes - you are too late!


Grading and Assignments Explained:

No Late work will be accepted.

No Late work will be graded. You will earn 0 points for all late work.

ALL WORK is posted on eTudes in the Assignment section. (and the quizzes)

Grading by points:

Day 1 Student Statement 10
Course Project "1st Thesis" 10
Ugly English Example and Translation 20
Critical Thinking Project 20
Course Project "Working References" 20
Course Project "Working Thesis" 20
Political Party ID Project 20
Social Media Grade Project 50
All Three (3) Class Discussions (10 each) 30
"In Your Own Words" Quizzes (20 each) 100
Course Project 100
Final Exam 100
Total Possible Points 500

This class is transferable to UC and CSU system.

This is a college level class. We have no time for your drama, games, disruptions, nor for that matter, anything that distracts from the class. You are expected be an adult.

Please do not involve me (nor the class) in the drama that is your life!

NO EXCUSES! Here is a list of real excuses sent to me from my online students. SPARE ME YOUR LAME EXCUSES!

As the great poetess said: "Be grow or be gone."

For my grading rubric on the Course Project, California Government Essay and the rest of the assignments, click here .

Approximate Points-to-Letter Grade scale:


500 - 450


449 - 400


399 - 350


349 - 300


Below 300

I will not grant an incomplete. So please do not ask!

*Helpful Hint*

*If all this is too much - DROP THE CLASS NOW!

Many people wish to add - If you think you will not be successful in this Class - DROP IT NOW and let others who can do it add the class.

By the end of DAY1 - DO ALL THE STUFF ON THE CHECKLIST First ...

THEN... post the "student statement" with your full name and section number in the correct spaces on eTudes in the Assignment section.

...If you cannot do all you need to do by DAY One, than maybe you should drop the class...

Find the Checklist at the bottom of this syllabus

About the Class Discussions...

Posting work on the Class Bulletin Board (on eTudes ) serves several functions. First, it is an attempt to build a sense of "group" even if it is only "virtual." Second, it allows students to see if any other students are working on similar policy areas. You are encouraged to "make friends" and to work together whenever possible. Of course, every student has to do her or his own work. Third, posting work creates an open environment where we can help each other by sharing ideas. Fourth, it takes advantage being online in a way a traditional class could not.

You will need to be able to access eTudes If you cannot get on eTudes by the end of week one you will be dropped from the class. 

You earn participation points by giving your opinion and contributing to "Class Discussions."  There will be four separate Class Discussions which will last one week each.  You should post your thoughts on the question as well comment on what others have said.  Of course, common rules of civility apply.  You are expected to make a posting for each and every one of the class discussions.  All postings must be accompanied by your name and email address.  No anonymous postings. No personal attacks or anything you wouldn't say face to face.  Just say what you think and why.

Contribute to the discussions, positively.

All you do, really, is what you would do in class.  Say what you think and why you think it.  In a paragraph or two give your opinion and the reasons for it.  When commenting on others' thoughts, don't just say "I agree," say why you agree. 

You can access the discussions, when they are open and active on eTudes . Remember to include your name and email address on everything you say, or you won't get credit.  No anonymous postings, please.

The class discussions are graded at the end of the year in their totality. You can earn up to 50 points by simply posting your opinion and responded to some one else's opinion (at least once each discussion). Do less and earn less.

Here are the topics:

Discussion One: What should Pres. Trump do NOW?

Discussion Two: What should be our College's main focus and mission?

Discussion Three: What can be done to "fix" the LAPD and LA Sheriff's?

Work associated with the Course Project:

Course Project "1st Thesis" in a sentence or two, you should be able to respond to one of the four questions provided below. It should be clear, concise and have a point worth making. It should also be clear which of the four questions you are responding to. If you make a good faith attempt it can't really be wrong. Keep in mind this thesis will probably change... maybe it should.

Course Project "Working References" should be at least ten (10) college level sources you will be using in your course project paper. Must be in APA format. A College level source really means scholarly work from Scholarly Journals. You can access several for free through the LACC College web page - go to data base search. They are much like Google in how they work, but they only deal in real, worthwhile scholarly writings, not junk like from google... Use the LACC Library data bases, learn to use them by using them... grow up and move past google... search like college students search.

Course Project "Working Thesis" will be one sentence that, at least at the time this assignment is due, is currently the thesis statement of your Course Project Paper.

The Course Project You will research and make an argument in response to one of the following four questions about Califorina and our state and local governments:

1.   What is the ONE MOST important problem facing California?   What are some of the other important problems and explain why the first issue must be the top priority? State specifically what must ne done by the State of California (or a local government in California). Give specific examples of this issue or problem and say what MUST BE DONE! Focus on the solution to the problem. What state policy would address this issue positively? What can be done to improve the situation? What can be done (or not done) to make things better for this issue... or even simply to stop it from getting worse. But is that enough to prepare for the future? Be Bold But Be Realistic. Be specific.

2.   How can we improve the public educational system in California? Be specific.  What demographic changes and budget changes have taken place, are taking place, or will soon take place that have had an impact (or will have an impact) on education in our state? What are some the problems facing the state's education system?    What are some proposals to “fix” the state's education system? Make an argument for a specific educational policy change that will help improve our state's educational system. Be Bold But Be Realistic. Be specific.

3.   Identify the many elements of our state government design that were inspired by, or a result of, the progressive reforms.   What is the “plural executive?”   What is the referendum/initiative process? What is the status of the state's constitution?   What are the governor's duties and powers?    How do the political parties operate in the state assembly and senate? Which of these changes have made democracy in our state stronger? What MUST be done TODAY to correct or improve upon the progressive reforms to strengthen democracy in California? Be Bold But Be Realistic. Be specific.

4.   Has crime increased or declined since the decade of the 1990's in the state of California?   What about in the last ten years? Last five? What about the perception of crime? What state policies were put in place in the ‘90's to address crime?   What have been the costs and consequences of these policies?   Have they been “worth it?”  And what policy would we follow now? What must be done NOW to improve our state criminal justice system? Be Bold But Be Realistic. Be specific.

It should be MORE THAN ten (10) pages AT LEAST! With more than 15 sources, properly used and cited.

You will post your course project on eTudes. Write it in word (or whatever) and cut and paste it into eTudes in APA style (don't worry about the formatting and headers, etc).

"In Your Own Words" Vocabulary Quizzes:

These are essays tied to the text book. You can find the words and concepts to answer in the text book but the understanding has to come from you. You are expected to use the vocabulary and concepts in the book to answer the essay questions asked about you, your politics, you beliefs, your knowledge, etc... they will always be open on eTudes for more than a week. Make the vocabulary words your own words...

The UGLY ENGLISH EXAMPLE AND TRANSLATION simply involves finding an example of what Orwell calls "ugly English." Then translate your example it into "standard" or "simplified" English.

Here's what to do:  Find an example (a word or phrase) and type it in quotes. Note the source. Provide the simplified "translation" of how the author (or speaker or whatever) could have better made the point. You can use newspapers, magazines, text books, radio or t.v. broadcasts, even things you hear people. All these are places to find examples of inappropriate jargon, obtuse verbiage, over-used expressions, inappropriate foreign terms and the like. Be creative, this just might be fun!

For further information and examples: Click Here

The Ugly English assignment must be posted on etudes in the assignment section. Follow the format on my web page and you get 25 points. (It's kind of like a gift!)

The Critical Thinking Op-Ed Project:

First, choose the op-ed piece or article you will be analyzing. You can use an opinion piece or article from any newspaper, magazine, web site, etc... It does not have to be about politics, but wouldn't it make more sense if it were? A traditional opinion/editorial is an argument by someone who is clearly identified, paid to write it, and qualified to have an opinion on the subject. DO NOT use editorials (they have no "by line." - they are written by a staff). DO NOT use "letters to the editor." DO NOT USE BLOGS - unless the piece conforms to the standards of a traditional op-ed piece (from 250 - 1500 words, clearly on one topic, expert, etc). The web page explains the eight answers you must provide about the op-ed piece. Just fill in the blanks, with bullet points or brief clauses, do not copy the question - Post answers on eTudes in the assignment section. Click here to learn more about Critical Thinking and the Project

The Party Identification (ID) Project:

The Party Identification (ID) Project - click here for details - You are forced to look around your world and find which political party people around you identify with.  Then you share our results on eTudes. Just follow the directions and you will earn the max points!!!

The Political Contribution Project:

 The Political Contribution Project - click here for more details - You have a million dollars to give to either five or ten political groups.  This can be done on the web and just might be fun - check it out.   Post work on eTudes in assignment section - just follow the directions and you'll earn the max points!!

You must choose one of these five organizations for your "Social Media Grade Project"

The Social Media Grade Project:

You will be viewing (following) two opposing political groups' efforts on various social media platforms and you will assign a reasonable letter grade to both organizations.

You will do an APA title page, citations and references. (There will be no APA abstract).

First - chose a broad political topic or political issue. Not one you know about or even care about. It helps you be objective if it is an issue you know little about and will learn about mostly from this project. With that issue in mind, find on the web, TWO (2) competing political organizations. Make sure they are on different (opposite) sides of the same political issue and also that they are not charities, but political organizations (read what they say about themselves).

Then you will follow these two (2) political organizations on their VARIOUS social media (web pages, twitter, instagram, please don't make me list them all). No you do not have to click "follow" - yes students have asked - like I could find out??? Hey guess what? My Little Pony isn't real either... Bill Gates isn't going to send you a dollar...)

View these organizations' social media efforts for AT LEAST one MONTH! (MORE is better.) You will be asked to include the dates and times you viewed these various social media platforms. Pay attention to how they differ or are simmilar. Take the grading process seriously (you want me to, don't you?)

Follow these directions or lose points:

Part 1 - APA Title Page

Part 2 - List the name, street address, web address and other social media platform addresses (#, @, etc) of the two groups you followed.

List the EXACT DATES you viewed each groups' social media presence and which social media platforms you viewed. The more you view - the more fair the grade.

List the letter grade you gave each of the two groups.

Part 3 - (In at least 500 words) Find, discuss and synthasize grading rubrics (NOT MINE) which discuss the diference between an A, B, C etc... Using at least two (2) others' rubrics, develop your own grading rubric. In general, explain what each group should have done to earn an A, B C, etc...You MUST CITE at least two scholarly sources for this part.

Part 4 - (In at least 1000 words) Give a detailed explaintion of the letter grade you gave each group. State specif things they did correctly or poorly. Use spefic examples to support your grade. If all you had was the information from this project which "side" of the issue seems most attractive to you now?

Part 5 - APA References. You list the resources that helped you in Part 3 as well as using APA to cite the exact date and time you viewed each social media platform (HINT - make sure this information, now in APA format - matches what you claimed in Part 2).

The FINAL EXAM 100 points: 50 points for (my choice of) ONE OR TWO ESSAYS from the list provided by clicking here. and 50 points for several "short answer" questions (1-3 paragraphs based on the "Some things to think about" questions at the end of each weekly lecture pages.

The Final cannot be taken early. It will be open for Final week. No work will be accepted after the final closes. The Final CAN NOT be taken late..

Click Here To See Potential Final Exam LONG Essay Questions.

*Helpful Hint*

*If all this is too much - DROP THE CLASS NOW!


Related Info:

Students are responsible to live up to, and adhere to, all rules and regulations listed in the Student Handbook, the College Catalog, the College Schedule of Classes, and the various regulations, requirements and rules of the College and the District.

Students with disabilities or who need any assistance or reasonable accommodation should contact the instructor. Such students are encouraged to contact the Office of Disabled Student Services

Note Well:   Plagiarism is the serious ethical and legal violation of presenting other people's words or ideas as your own. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating can result in a failing grade for the paper, a failing grade for the course, and a formal report to the dean of students. See the student conduct code in the Catalog and Schedule of Classes.  

Students are encouraged to form and work in study groups. However each student must do her or his own work. Students who copy, cheat, plagiarize or in other fashion violate the spirit or letter (or both) of the rules of the College or the District (or both) may be excluded from this class, at a minimum.

Please do not ask for an incomplete. I will not grant it.

Any questions - please email me: meyerjn@lacitycollege.edu

Online classes are not for everyone!

Not everyone succeeds in online classes.  

Ask your self - do you have SELF Discipline?   Can you motivate YOURSELF to finish tasks? Do you work well alone at the computer ?  Can you read and write at the college level? If so, I bet you will love this course and do well in it (if you read the book and web pages and do the assignments ON TIME, of course). 

If not, maybe you should DROP THIS CLASS NOW!

Take the student self assessment - click here - print it out and take it seriously.

Do not share your answers with me.

Put them to work in your life!!!!! Do this each semester and see how you have grown!

I put a great deal of time and effort into my web pages. I think they answer all your questions about how the class works....IF YOU READ THEM! ----- SO READ ALL THE LINKS!

When you read each week's lecture pages, you will find many links.  When they appear in italics (like this type).  That's a link to an OUTSIDE web page that I think you may find of interest or it may help further elaborate upon or enhance your understanding of a concept or word.  If it says: "click here" or "click here to see..." that is a link to my own web pages.  They generally have my "Political Science, POWER & You" logo on them as well.  You should READ ALL MY WEB SITES.  The links to outside sources are for your enrichment and are optional.   Also, some links are to many of the activities we do in class, most are group activities. You don't have to do any of the activities (some of them really can't be done by yourself, but you can pretend you are in a group, I guess).

It's never too early to start thinking about Your Course Project . It is as Fun as you want to make it. The MORE YOU PUT INTO IT - THE MORE FUN IT WILL BE! 

Students with disabilities or who need any assistance or reasonable accommodation should contact the instructor.   Such students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Services. You need to be your own advocate.

Students are encouraged to form and work in study groups. However, each student must do her or his own work.   Students who copy, cheat, plagiarize or in other fashion violate the spirit or letter (or both) of the rules of the College or the District (or both) may be excluded from this class, at a minimum.

I will not grant an incomplete - so please do not ask!

Remember: eTudes, email and the internet are NOT PERFECT (me neither, you?). If you think I have made an error or an omission, email me ASAP!

Prof. Joe Meyer, email: meyerjn@lacitycollege.edu

Please always put your section number and name on all emails!

Here's a few things to remember:

No Late Work will be accepted in this class. All late work will earn 0 points. No exceptions. You CANNOT TEXT Work! You CANNOT drop work in my mail box. It must be posted on eTudes before it closes!

All work is posted on eTudes in assignments or exams and quizzes are taken on publisher's web site.


1. This class is VERY FAST - DO NOT FALL BEHIND - All work received LATE will NOT be graded. You will earn 0 points.

2. This is not an "instant class." It takes me a few days or a week to get through to all the grading and emails.

3. You are expected to do the reading (from the text) and then click on the appropriate lecture page from eTudes. You can read ahead a little, but don't fall behind!


5. This is the same class as any on campus class - it is not "easier" or "less work." Most students tell me it ends up being more work and even harder than an on campus class because you have to have self motivation and self discipline and the abilty to work mostly alone.

6. All work for the course is due no later than midnight (11:59 pm) on Sunday March 19, 2017. All work recieved after that will not be graded.

7. Always include your Full Name & section number in all emails and your name on all texts (ur name on all txts, pls).

LACC Important! Drop Date Information

The deadline to drop without a “W” is the last day of Week 1 (of the semester), which is end of week 1.  If you must drop a course, drop before the specified deadline for dropping a class without a grade of "W." Dropping after Week 2 will result in a “W” on your transcript. Effective July 1, 2012 students will only have 3 attempts to pass a class. If a student gets a "W" or grade of "D", "F", “I”, or "NP" in a class, that will count as an attempt. A student's past record of course attempts district wide will also be considered. Therefore, before the end of Week 1 you should carefully consider if you can reasonably manage this course with the other factors in your life (e.g. work, family, course load). If you think you will not be able to complete this course with a C or better, drop by end of week 1. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to talk to me.  You may also see a counselor in the Counseling Center in AD 108.

Financial aid statement:

MPj04331780000[1]If you need help paying for books and other college expenses,

call the Financial Aid Office at

LACC extension 2010,

or see them at Student Services Village room 117


Syllabus statement on Services for Students with Disabilities – prepared by the Office of Special Services.

Students with a verified disability who may need authorized accommodation(s) for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and the Office of Special Services (SSV 100 LACC ext. 2270) as soon as possible, at least two weeks before any exam or quiz.  All information will remain confidential.


Checklist and Student Statement

DAY 1 Checklist:

1. Register for the class. Buy the Text book. Buy it used, its cheaper. If you buy it at the LACC bookstore it comes with the California Government Text included. If you buy the text used, also buy any current California Government text.

2. Go to the eTudes and read the Class Home Page/Syllabus and READ IT. Begin doing all the things for the checklist BEFORE Day 1.. The class schedule will NOT change for you. You must adapt to it.

3. This is be a large class so please be courteous and give me time to grade things...

4. Read the student handbook especially about cheating and doing your own work.

5. After you have done all of the above and can honestly attest to everything in the student statement (Below) - copy it and paste it into the proper place in eTudes in the assignment section. Make sure you put your FULL NAME and Section Number) where it belongs (2 places) and - DO NOT email it to me ... just post it on eTudes.

"Student Statement" for Political Science 1, ONLINE:


. I, ________________________________(insert your name and section #), swear and attest to the following:

. 1.) That I have read the ENTIRE Class Home Page/Syllabus and all the links.

. 2.) I am able to access eTudes. I have verified my email address.

. 3.) I have read the student code of conduct (in the student handbook) and understand that I can work with others but I MUST DO MY OWN WORK! No one will do any of the work in the class for me. I will not cheat, or in any way, violate the letter, nor spirit, of the district and college policies. I understand that plagiarism is a serious offense which will result in receiving 0 points for the work plagiarized, and contacting the Dean of Student Services for possible college action

. 4.) I will not make any anonymous postings on eTudes. I will be courteous and appropriate in all my emails and postings and texts.

I _____________________________________(your name and section number) do so declare and affirm!"


About the individual in the Modern World.

"One aspect of modern life which strikes me very much is the elimination of the individual. In trade, vast and formidable combinations of labour stand arrayed against even vaster and more formidable combinations of capital, and, whether they war with each other or cooperate, the individual, in the end, is always crushed under...

We live in an age of great events and little men, and if we are not to become the slaves of our own systems or sink oppressed among the mechanism we overselves created, it will only be by the bold efforts of originality, by repeated experiments, and by the dispassionate consideration of the results of sustained and unflinching thought."

Nov., 12, 1901. Sir Winston Churchill.

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