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Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – Classroom Course
General Class and Course Information
Course Number: POS1001
Course Title: Introduction to Political Science (AA)
Term/Dates: 6/28 to 8/9/2016
Reference Number: 213978
Credit Hours: 3
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 5:30-9:00
Room: Royal Palm HS
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the discipline and practice of political science, including
politics, law, public administration, political theory and international relations, highlighting the U.S. Constitution,
governmental institutions and political practices. Students compare the U.S. with other nations and their constitutions,
governmental institutions, and political systems and complete application exercises to develop skills necessary to
become effective global citizens.
Gordon Rule Class
This class has been designated as a Gordon Rule class for writing. This means that the course has significant writing
requirements. Please see the web page at
Professor’s Information
Name: Dr. Agneza Roberson
Faculty Web Page:
Office Location: N/A
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Before and after the class by
apointment, and by email
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
Political Science – An Introduction
Edition Author
Roskin, M. G.,
Cord, R. L.,
Medeiros, J. A., &
Jones, W. S.
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
Please bring your textbook to every class. In addition to the text, we will utilize the following resources:
Pew Research Center. (2014). Political typology quiz [Online quiz]. Retrieved from
TED. (Producer). (2008). TEDTalks: Jonathan Haidt—The moral roots of liberals and conservatives [Video].
Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/en//id/341
They will be required for your research (writing) assignment.
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
Define politics and its role in the U.S. political system.
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Describe the importance of political science as a discipline and its relevance to the operations of government locally,
nationally and globally.
Recognize the significance of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, public policy-making, and the basic structures and
institutions of government.
Distinguish the way in which different individuals and groups behave and participate in politics.
Analyze U.S. foreign policy and the political systems of other nations.
Apply the practical elements of the course to the working operations of government both at home and abroad.
Full Course Outline - Click on the following link: Course Outlines and enter the course number (no space between the
prefix and the number).
Class Information
Political science is a fascinating subject of study. Studying political science will allow you to develop a greater awareness
of political systems in general, and the American political system specifically. With greater knowledge of political ideas
and different systems, you will better understand how various governments affect the lives of individuals across the
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Academic misconduct is not permitted and will result in a failing grade. Students engaging in academic dishonesty will be
subject to penalties up to and including failure on the assignment, failure of the course and/or filing of a report with the
college. Our librarians will instruct you how to conduct an ethical research and how to cite your sources so there is no
reason to fall prey to this criminal act.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
Explanation of Assignments and Evaluation
1. Current Affairs (100)
Each student will follow a current event topic (we will decide on through the brainstorming process) and present 2 times
during the semester. Each class will begin with Current Affairs. When your turn comes, bring your printout of the news
to the class and be prepared to give a two-minute presentation and lead a brief discussion on your topic on your
assigned day. This assignment cannot be made up, since it occurs as part of the class time.
As we read about various theories and ideas, look for things in the media that illustrate or contradict the readings we are
studying, and be ready to bring these up in class.
2. Attendance and Participation (100)
This is a lecture-and-discussion course and students are expected to attend all scheduled class sessions prepared to
discuss assigned reading. Read the chapters assigned before the class. Participation consists of debating the points in the
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literature, providing examples for the issues and processes presented in the class. Asking thoughtful and well-considered
questions is as much a part of a good classroom participation as is giving your informed opinion on a controversial issue.
Part of the participation grade are in-class activities and discussions which cannot be made up, since they occur as part
of the class time. Your participation grade will be reduced with tardiness and absences. See Class Policy on Attendance
on p. 5. When you are absent you cannot participate.
3. Quiz 1 (100)
Chapters 1-2. Open Book.
4. Quiz 2 (100)
Chapters 13-15. Open Book.
4. Midterm Exam (200)
Chapters 1-6. Open book. The class will decide on the exam format through the democratic method.
5. Research Paper (200: [Paper 150; Presentation 50])
Students will meet this requirement by writing a 4-5 page Theory and Ideology Research Paper. Carefully develop
your argument, and organize your paper according to the guidelines on page 7. It is important to support your
argument with credible evidence to ensure the validity of your claims. An instruction by the Palm Beach State
College librarians will assist you in choosing topics and conducting research for this assignment. The paper must be
written in 12 point font using APA style format, grammatically correct, and reference at least 3 credible sources in
addition to our Textbook and the Political ideology quiz (2014) (That means all together 5 sources for a "C" grade, 6
for a “B” and 7 for an “A”). Minimum two of your sources must be from the PBSC library database. You will submit
your paper through Blackboard and SafeAssign. Papers must have less than 25% of overall matches. Papers with
the overall match over 25% will receive 0.
The paper is limited to 4-5 pages (not counting the Reference and title pages). The paper must be typed and double
spaced, using a font size of 12 PT Times New Roman. Paragraphs should contain at least three sentences. The paper
should follow a traditional essay format with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Proof the paper for any errors in
punctuation, grammar, and spelling. For clarification and proper language style, use any handbook for college writing.
The paper must follow APA guidelines and include a complete and accurate alphabetical reference list (separate page),
where you cite all sources for your research. In-text citations must correspond with items in the reference list.
Avoid the temptation of cut and paste plagiarism.
Use the PBSC Library databases and the Writing tutors from SLC to get assistance with your writing.
You will present your paper and lead the discussion on the date specified below.
6. Final cumulative exam (200)
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Class Schedule:
(Modifications, if necessary, will be announced in class.)
To pass this course you must complete all readings and assignments.
Week 1
Week 2
An overview of course requirements and student assignments.
Chapter 1: Politics and Political Science. Discussion
The Bases of Politics
Brainstorming for Current Affairs Assignments
Chapter 2: Theories. Discussion
Week 3
Current Affairs; QUIZ 1
Current Affairs; Chapter 3: Political Ideologies. Chapter 4: States. Discussion
Week 4
Current Affairs; Chapter 5: Rights; Discussion
Library Instruction 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Current Affairs; Midterm Exam (Chapters 1-5)
Week 5
Current Affairs; Chapter 6: Regimes. Chapter 13: Legislatures; Discussion
Current Affairs; Chapter 14: Executives; Chapter 15: Judiciaries; Discussion
Week 6
Current Affairs; Quiz 2. Chapters 7 & 8: Political Culture and Opinion: Discussion
Research Paper Presentations and Discussion
Week 7
Final Exam. Cumulative. Open book.
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FINAL GRADES will be computed according to the total points you earn in the areas listed below.
Your Points
Grading Scale
Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Current affairs
Attendance and participation
Midterm Exam
Research paper
Final exam
100 points
100 points
100 points
100 points
200 points
200 points
200 points
Total points:
F=599 and below
Letter Grade
599 and below
Percentage (if applicable)
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
Attendance is mandatory and an accurate record of attendance will be kept for the class. Students are responsible to
attend all scheduled class sessions, to complete all reading assignments according to the course schedule attached, and
submit all assignments by their established due dates. You may miss one class regardless of a reason. Every subsequent
absence will result in an additional 30 points deduction in the participation grade. Attend class on time. Three lateness
(over 10 minutes) = 1 absences. Leaving early is the same as being tardy.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
The use of cellular phones and other electronic devices in classroom is not allowed. They should be turned off at the
beginning of class or not brought to class. Students violating this policy will be asked to leave immediately for that class
session and will be counted as absent. In addition, these practices will significantly reduce your participation points. See
above for attendance and class participation policy.
Email Policy: Please use my college email [email protected] if you need to contact me. Use your student
email. When emailing me, please place your name, class and class meeting dates in the subject line.
Late Assignment Policy:
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No late assignments will be accepted in this class.
Make-up Exam Policy:
Students must complete assignments and examinations when they are due, unless the student has given the instructor
ample notice. Late work, without an acceptable excuse, will not be accepted and the student will receive a zero for the
assignment. If a student has an acceptable excuse with valid documentation (illness, a college trip, etc.), make-up work
will be permitted. See Palm Beach State College Handbook on Attendance and excused absences. If you are absent from
a class, you are responsible to get the information you missed from a classmate. Exchange phone numbers with another
class member in order to get the information you missed.
Withdrawal Policy:
If you are no longer able to attend class, you must initiate your own withdrawal in order to avoid receiving a failing
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Theory and Ideology Research Assignment
This class focused its discussion and readings focus on the different theories and ideologies used in the discipline of
Political Science. This assignment requires you to write a persuasive essay explaining the political theory and ideology
that you think would best address the following two items:
1) Wwhether more or less government involvement with society is more effective at meeting the needs of U.S.
citizens. Focus on 1 issue in public policy to illustrate your claim.
2) What theory and ideology from our text that supports your response to the item above and why.
For this assignment, you will need to visit the Political typology quiz (2014) and take the questionnaire. You will discuss
your results in section 3. Did they match what you would have guessed your political ideologies are?
This essay will be divided into the following five sections (not counting the Cover/title page and the References):
1. Introduction: Gain our attention. Why is it that you chose this policy? You can provide supportive statistics,
examples, or a related story. Describe your thesis (In my chosen policy more or less government is more effective in
meeting the needs of American citizens). Present an outline of the main points you will discuss in your paper: state the
theory and ideology that supports your thesis.
2. Discuss in more detail why more or less government involvement with society is more effective at meeting the needs
of U.S. citizens in your particular policy. Support your claims with credible sources.
3. Describe which theory from our text supports your response to section two. Use and cite the text and additional
credible sources
4. Describe which ideology from our text and Political typology quiz (2014) supports your response to section two. Use
and cite our textbook and additional credible sources.
5 . Conclusion: Summarize your thesis and main findings.
The paper must reference at least 3 credible sources in addition to our Textbook and the Political ideology quiz
(2014) (That means all together 5 sources for a "C" grade, 6 for a “B” and 7 for an “A”). You will submit your paper
through Blackboard and SafeAssign.
Use your own words. While brief quotes from sources may be used, altogether the total amount of quoted text
must be less than five percent of the body of your essay. You will upload this paper to the Blackboard Assignment—
Papers must have less than 25% of overall matches. Papers with the match over 25% will receive 0.
For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, use the library resources. For help with writing, grammar and
organization, take advantage of tutoring from the Student Learning Center (SLC).
You will present your paper and lead the discussion on the date specified in the course schedule.
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College Policies and Web Information
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course, (4) Knowingly and intentionally
assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby work, classroom
performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other that the student under whose name the
work is submitted or performed, (5) Plagiarism.
Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current for link to the student
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
Students will demonstrate respect for professors and fellow students. Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment
reported by the professor will result in a warning on the first instance; the second instance might result in expulsion from the course
or campus.
Computer Competency Component
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations
through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available
through the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It is the student's responsibility to contact Disabled Student Services Advisors
and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services. Please see the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/current
for web address for Disability Support Services.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Eating and drinking are confined to areas designated on the campus. Smoking is not permitted in any College building and only in
areas designated at each campus.
Final Course Grade Appeal
The evaluation of academic work is the responsibility of the faculty member/instructor. The method for assigning the final course
grade is established by the faculty member/instructor. Per Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.191, faculty/instructors shall communicate the
grading policy of the course to their students in writing. If this policy changes during the term, students should be notified of any
changes in writing. The method to determine final course grades must be given to students in a course syllabus at the beginning of
the class. Should a student have a question about a final course grade, please follow the procedures as outlined in the student
handbook: www.palmbeachstate.edu/current.
Mid-Term Grade Reporting
Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each
class by either written notification or individual conference.
Student Responsibility Policy
When a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and are
responsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and other
College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on
Palm Beach State Websites of Interest
Please see this web page (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current) for a list of web addresses for students.
Withdrawal Policy for Individual Courses
The last day to withdraw from a College course with a "W" grade in this course is July 26, 2016. It is the responsibility of the student
to use the PantherWeb system or visit a campus Registrar’s office to withdraw. An official withdrawal entitles the student to a grade
of "W" in the class.
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Other Information from your Professor:
1. This classroom should be considered a safe place. Students are encouraged to engage in discussions and debate
provided that one’s views are not intended to provoke, insult, or damage another member of the class.
2. Palm Beach State College Student Responsibilities policy is in effect for this class.
3. Your success is important to me. If you have any problems with the course or the subject matter, for instance if an
assignment is unclear, or seems useless to you, if the material covered seems confusing or wrong, or if you have particular
problems that cause difficulty with the course, please discuss these with me as soon as possible. PBSC has many
resources to help students succeed in their courses. Take advantage of resources such as Library and SLC Writing tutors
so that you can complete the course successfully.
Department Contact Information
Name: Professor Jeanne Murcia
Telephone: (561) 993-1178
Job Title: Department Chair
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Office Location: CRB 002202
Email: [email protected]
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