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									              Crafton Hills College                       FALL 2006
              POLITICAL SCIENCE 100 (POLIT-100): AMERICAN POLITICS

                  TELECOURSE: FRAMEWORK FOR DEMOCRACY

Reference: 0894       Section: 05      Saturday, 10 am – 11:50 am             Room: CHS-242
Reference: 0898       Section: 06      Thursday, 7 pm – 8:50 pm               Room: CL-218

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Hellerman
Office: SSA 309     Tel: 389-3337                  email: shellerman@craftonhills.edu


                  SAN BERNADINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
                           Static Course Identifier: American Politics


TELECOURSE OVERVIEW

      FRAMEWORK FOR DEMOCRACY is a one-semester government survey course that will
explain the nature and scope of the purpose, the structure, and the organization of the national
government. The series will explore contemporary issues through interviews with national
experts and a variety of political figures and documentary footage. Topics include diversity,
crime and pollution problem solving, food safety, and flight safety. Students will acquire an
understanding of problems solved through intergovernmental relations in the system of
federalism, and develop knowledge about the potential for individual involvement in the political
community.
      There are 26 episodes, 1/2 hour each, broadcasted by KVCR-TV, on Thursdays, from 9:00
- 10:00 a.m., and REPEATED on Wednesdays, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
      An introduction to a reflective and practical understanding of politics in America: How do
politics in America differ from that found in other countries and why? How are elections won or
lost and how is public policy formulated, implemented, and interpreted? What are the main
features of California politics and how are politics in California unique?


OFFICE HOURS AND CONTACT
The instructor may meet with students immediately after class, by appointment, or during office
hours in SSA 309: Tues. and Thurs, 3-4 pm; Weds., 1-2 pm.

The instructor can be contacted by email:   shellerman@craftonhills.edu

       NEVER assume that email has been received and/or read! Follow up may be
necessary in “The Land of Email.”

The instructor may be contacted in his office either in person or by phone: 909-389-3337

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     NEVER assume that a voice message has been received and/or heard. Follow up may
be necessary in the “The Land of Voice Mail.”


ON-CAMPUS MEETINGS

August 17 and 19: Course Introduction
September 21 and 23: Lecture, Exam #1 (Patterson, Chaps. 1-5; Study Guide Lessons 1-7)
October 19 and 21: Lecture, Exam #2 (Patterson, Chaps. 6-11; Study Guide Lessons 8-15)
November 16 and 18: Lecture, Exam #3 (Patterson, Chaps. 12-14;Study Guide Lessons 16-21)
               Thursday Make-up for Exam #1 or Exam #2: 8:50 – 10 pm.
               Saturday Make-up for Exam #1 or Exam #2: Noon – 1:50 pm.

December 7 and 9: Lecture, Exam #4 (Patterson, Chaps. 15-17; Study Guide Lessons 22-26)
and California Exam (Ross and California Exam Study Guide).

[Students may take the exams at either the Thurs. or Sat. class. Please be sure to inform the
instructor when you are taking the exam at a class time for which you are not registered.]


BROADCASTS ON KVCR-TV (CHANNEL 24)

      There are 26 episodes, 1/2 hour each, broadcasted by KVCR-TV, on Thursdays, from 9:00
- 10:00 a.m., REPEATED on the following Wednesdays, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

                See Schedule Below

      Videocassettes of the lectures are available for viewing by appointment in the CHC
Learning Resource Center (Library, 2nd Floor); call 389-3312 for an appointment. Office hours
are Mon. – Thurs., 8 am to 9:45 pm; Fri., 8 am to 4:45 pm.
      Tapes are also available at the SBVC Learning Resource Center (Liberal Arts 206); call
389-6511 ext. 1245 for an appointment. Office hours are Mon. – Thurs., 8 am to 10 pm; Fri., 8
am to 4 pm. (Please be sure to call and cancel if you are unable to keep your appointment.)
      Videocassettes may also be purchased or rented for home use: Call 800-745-5400 to rent
cassette tapes; 626-796-7300 to buy.


REQUIRED TEXTS
   Patterson, We The People, 6th ed. (McGraw, 2006)
   Carlton, On Common Ground, Framework for Democracy; Study Guide (McGraw, 2006)
   Ross, California: Its Government and Politics (Thomson, 2003)


OPTIONAL MATERIALS ONLINE
      The instructor maintains online additional readings, lecture outlines, and study guides for
his “regular” POLIT-100 course. Telecourse students are welcome to utilize these resources, if
they so choose. The material is available electronically on the Crafton Hills College website,
listed under (1) Departments; (2) Social Sciences (3) Political Science; and (4) the instructors

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name. (If necessary, ask for assistance at the Library.) BE AWARE THAT MATERIAL FOR
THE “REGULAR” POLIT-100 IS NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE TELECOURSE



COURSE REQUIREMENTS
   1. Attendance Policy: Attend all five on-campus meetings (two hours each) and take
      exams at assigned times. Absences could negatively affect your final grade. If an
      absence of an emergency nature occurs, be sure to contact the instructor (best by email)
      as far in advance as possible prior to the class meeting so as to make arrangements to
      pick up any assignments as well as to arrange for a make-up exam. The State of
      California requires that you attend all five meetings unless excused by the instructor for
      emergency purposes. Regardless of the emergency, no student will be allowed to miss
      more than one class meeting.

        2. Reading Requirements: Read the chapters in the text and study guide corresponding to
           the programs that are being shown. Work through your study guide after viewing each
           TV program. The 26 lessons in the study guide correspond exactly with the 26 TV
           programs. The beginning of each chapter of the study guide will list which chapters in
           the text go along with which TV broadcasts. You will need to watch the TV program,
           work through the study guide, and read the textbook in order to be prepared for the
           exams.


DISABILITIES
     Any student with a disability (e.g., a physical or learning disability) requiring special
consideration should notify the instructor as soon as possible. Appropriate accommodations will
be developed in consultation with the appropriate offices.


TESTING FORMAT
      Exams consist of multiple-choice questions gleaned from the Patterson text. Students
should bring a Scantron and #2 pencil (w/ eraser). Exam #1 and Exam #2 will be “open book”
(text book and study guide only). Exams # 3, Exam # 4, and the California Exam are
“closed book,” though students may provide and utilize their own copy of the US Constitution.
(Suggestion: Make a copy from the textbook or print out the one reserved on the instructor’s
“regular” POLIT-100 website).


MAKE-UP POLICY
      No make-up exams will be given without prior approval and then only for emergency
purposes. No student can take more than one make-up exam. Make-ups for Exam #1 and
Exam #2 must be taken on November 16 or 18, after Exam #3. There will be no make-ups for
exams #3 and #4, or the California exam.
      Students may take the exams as scheduled at either the Thurs. or Sat. class. Please be sure
to inform the instructor when you are taking the exam at a class time for which you are not
registered.


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GRADING POLICY/SCALE
    Each of the five exams is worth 20 percent of the final grade. The grading scale for each
exam is as follows:

A = 20 points; A- = 18.5;
B+ = 17.5; B = 16; B- = 15.5;
C+ = 15; C = 14; C- = 13.5;
D+ = 12.5; D= 12; D- = 10.

The grading scale for the total course grade is as follows:

A = 90 to 100 points         B = 80 to 89       C = 70 to 79       D = 60 to 69


      FOR EXTRA CREDIT: Students can attain up to ten points extra credit toward raising
their grade by handing in an optional term paper (typed; double-spaced; six to eight pages in
length; 12-pt. Times New Roman; proper citation of sources with bibliography) at the end of the
semester. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT HANDING IN A TERM PAPER DOES NOT
GUARANTEE RAISING ONE’S GRADE. The instructor will provide handouts to explain
this assignment. Students MUST consult the instructor in choosing a topic.

                  TERM PAPERS ARE DUE AT THE LAST CLASS MEETING
                        NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

     All Students are advised to take advantage of tutoring and assistance (particularly
regarding writing, citation, and doing research for your term paper) offered at the Student
Success Center at the Library.



ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
      Students should review the college regulations concerning academic misconduct and
dishonesty, which will be enforced in this class. In particular, plagiarism should be avoided at all
costs. Anyone who plagiarizes extensively (in particular, anyone who tries to pass off someone
else’s paper as his or her own work, including a paper or parts of a paper downloaded from the
internet) will be referred to the student judicial system for appropriate action and possible
penalties. It goes without saying that a paper or essay exam answer based on plagiarism will be
given a grade of “F”. Visit the Crafton Hills website’s page on plagiarism for further information.




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HOW TO SUCCEED IN A TELECOURSE

     Successful students maintain that determination, planning, and self-motivation are
the keys to completing a telecourse. Here is a plan of action that may help you succeed:

     1. Attend the first on-campus meeting to meet the instructor, understand the course goals
        and requirements, and receive the syllabus and assignments.
     2. Read the study guide and textbook assignments before viewing the programs on
        KVCR-24. Take notes and highlight important passages in your reading.
     3. Watch the programs weekly, and take notes while watching. If you have a VCR, record
        the programs to view and review at a more convenient time. If you miss a program: see
        below.
     4. Complete the assignments in the study guide and textbook after each program.
     5. Review notes and reading assignments before each on-campus meeting.
     6. Email, call, or visit the instructor regarding questions on the content of the course. You
        can also leave a voice mail with the instructor or call a staff member from Distance
        Education: 688-6511, ext. 1131; Office Location: SBVC Publications Center, 631 Mt.
        Vernon Ave. (North Side). Office Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Mon. thru Fri.
     7. Form a study/support group with other members of the class that can meet and/or
        talk by telephone and/or email to discuss and review the content of the telecourse.
        The instructor is quite willing to assist students in organizing study groups.

      It is also recommended that students read national and international stories, as well as Op-
Ed pieces, from at least one of these newspapers on a regular basis: The Los Angeles Times, The
New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor.
Monitoring a television network news channel (CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOXNC, BBC America)
as well as a news radio station (980 or 1070 AM; National Public Radio [NPR] on 89.3, 89.9 or
91.9 FM); viewing the national evening news on network television will also prove quite useful.
If nothing else, listen to the news when you are in your car.



WORKSHEET FOR COMPUTING “GENERAL STUDY TIME”

1. Viewing TV programs                                   13
2. Attending on-campus class sessions                    10
3. Reading textbook                                      72
4. Completion of written or other assignments            16
5. Review for exams                                      16
                            TOTAL HOURS                  127




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                                Framework for Democracy


It has 26 episodes, 1/2 hour each, broadcasted by KVCR-TV, on Thursdays, from 9:00 - 10:00
a.m. on the following dates:


Date             Series    Episodes Nr.
                 Nr.
    08/31/2006   1         American Heritage
    08/31/2006   2         The American Experiment
    09/07/2006   3         The Living Constitution
    09/07/2006   4         A Question of Sovereignty
    09/14/2006   5         The Most Basic of Rights
    09/14/2006   6         Rights of the Accused
    09/21/2006   7         The Struggle for Equality
    09/21/2006   8         Frames of Reference
    09/28/2006   9         Voice of the People
    09/28/2006   10        Party Politics
    10/05/2006   11        Campaign Trail
    10/05/2006   12        Pressure Politics
    10/12/2006   13        The Fourth Estate
    10/12/2006   14        The First Branch
    10/19/2006   15        Government by Committee
    10/19/2006   16        The Glorious Burden
    10/26/2006   17        Leader for a Nation
    10/26/2006   18        The Federal Workplace
    11/02/2006   19        The Power Imperative
    11/02/2006   20        The Rules of Nine
    11/09/2006   21        Legal Precedent
    11/09/2006   22        Balancing Act
    11/16/2006   23        The Nation’s Welfare
    11/16/2006   24        Health of the Nation, Health of the Planet
    11/23/2006   25        Global Politics
    11/23/2006   26        Preserve, Protect and Defend
Crafton




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                               Framework for Democracy-Repeat


It has 26 episodes, 1/2 hour each, broadcasted by KVCR-TV, REPEATED on Wednesdays,
from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. on the following dates:


        Date            Series Nr.   Episodes Nr.
           09/06/2006   1            American Heritage
           09/06/2006   2            The American Experiment
           09/13/2006   3            The Living Constitution
           09/13/2006   4            A Question of Sovereignty
           09/20/2006   5            The Most Basic of Rights
           09/20/2006   6            Rights of the Accused
           09/27/2006   7            The Struggle for Equality
           09/27/2006   8            Frames of Reference
           10/04/2006   9            Voice of the People
           10/04/2006   10           Party Politics
           10/11/2006   11           Campaign Trail
           10/11/2006   12           Pressure Politics
           10/18/2006   13           The Fourth Estate
           10/18/2006   14           The First Branch
           10/25/2006   15           Government by Committee
           10/25/2006   16           The Glorious Burden
           11/01/2006   17           Leader for a Nation
           11/01/2006   18           The Federal Workplace
           11/08/2006   19           The Power Imperative
           11/08/2006   20           The Rules of Nine
           11/15/2006   21           Legal Precedent
           11/15/2006   22           Balancing Act
           11/22/2006   23           The Nation’s Welfare
           11/22/2006   24           Health of the Nation, Health of the Planet
           11/29/2006   25           Global Politics
           11/29/2006   26           Preserve, Protect and Defend
                                                                                    Crafton



IF YOU MISS A TELEVISION BROADCAST
      Videocassettes of the lectures are available for viewing by appointment in the CHC
Learning Resource Center (Library, 2nd Floor); call 389-3312 for an appointment. Office hours
are Mon. – Thurs., 8 am to 9:45 pm; Fri., 8 am to 4:45 pm.
      Tapes are also available at the SBVC Learning Resource Center (Liberal Arts 206); call
389-6511 ext. 1245 for an appointment. Office hours are Mon. – Thurs., 8 am to 10 pm; Fri., 8
am to 4 pm. (Please be sure to call and cancel if you are unable to keep your appointment.)
      Videocassettes may also be purchased or rented for home use: Call 800-745-5400 to rent
cassette tapes; 626-796-7300 to buy.




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