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American Institutions and History

Students study basic concepts in the political and historical traditions of America and California by analyzing national, state, and local political institutions from colonial times to the present. The course examines the evolution of concepts and ideas that are fundamental to our political culture. It emphasizes the concepts citizens should understand in order to vote intelligently and otherwise effectively participate in the political process. This course is designed specifically to satisfy the CSU History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement. C-ID POLS-110.

Subject: PLSC
Course Number: 102
Section Number: 1818
Units: 4
Instructor: Phillips, John

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Learning Management System (LMS) for this course: Canvas
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Office: Oceanside 3123
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, OC3123, 9:25am-10:25am
Phone: 760-757-2121 ext. 6317 (emailing me is faster)
Instructor notes: Welcome to Political Science 102 Online! My name is Dr. John Phillips, and I will be your instructor for this course. I will have our Canvas website available for everyone on the first day of class (i.e. the first Monday), which is when we will begin. There are specific due dates throughout the semester, so this course is not self-paced. In order to show that you’re “attending class,” students must view weekly lecture videos; write at least 1 post (and reply) on our weekly discussion board, and submit other assignments by the due dates listed in the syllabus. [The syllabus will be available on first day of class.] Students who do not complete these tasks during the first week will be considered “absent” and dropped from the class. **Also, please be aware that online learning does not work well for everyone. This online course requires strong self-discipline, good time-management skills, and a pro-active attitude towards the assignments. To be successful, you need to be self-motivated enough to keep up on a daily basis, without the face-to-face reminders that happen in an on-campus class. **This course also includes three exams that must be taken on the MiraCosta campus (or by arrangement at another approved proctoring center). The exams are taken at the Academic Proctoring Center, which has locations on both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses, with hours typically in the morning, afternoon, and evening, Monday through Saturday. **Warning about workload: this course covers a lot of material – and much of it is difficult. You’ll spend about 12 hours a week on this course over the next 17 weeks, including watching 4 hours of lecture videos each week, and about 8 more hours each week reading texts, completing homework, essays, papers, participating in discussions, and studying for quizzes and exams. Please be realistic in making your schedule so that you allow enough time to succeed in this class – don’t overload yourself with other work/family obligations. **If this course sounds too crammed or difficult, remember that you can also meet this GE requirement by taking two 3-unit history classes, where the material is more spread out (see GE Plan).**

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