Course Control Document
Course Title: ·1 Political Science
Course Number: ·2 POS1041
Prerequisites: ·3 None
Credit Hours: ·4 3.0 semester credit hours
Contact Hours: ·5 48
Lecture hours: ·6 48
Textbook Title: ·7 Government by the People, 21st edition
Publisher’s Name: ·8 Prentice-Hall
Author’s Name: ·9 Burns, et al
ISBN: ·10 0131921592
Instructor Qualifications: ·11 Earned doctorate or master’s degree in political science or master’s degree with 18 graduate credit hours in subject taught.
Course Description: ·12 Addresses how America has evolved from an agrarian to a post-industrial society. Topics include the Constitution and its three branches of government.
Course Topics: ·13 Democratic and constitutional roots of the United States
·14 Declaration of Independence
·15 Reasons for separation from England
·16 Bill of Rights
·17 United States Constitution
·18 Equal rights under the law
·19 Acquisition and rights of citizenship
·20 Three branches of U.S. government: legislative, judiciary and the Presidency
Course Objectives: ·21 Upon completion of the course, students are able to:
1. Describe the democratic and constitutional roots of the United States
2. Describe the Bill of Rights and various articles of the Constitution
3. Discuss equal rights under the law guaranteed to all Americans
4. Describe citizenship, citizenship rights and how American citizenship is acquired
5. Describe the fundamental workings of Congress, the Presidency and the judiciary
6. Discuss the role of the United States in foreign affairs

The theory, organization, principles and functions of national government,
stressing relationships of individual to all levels of government in the political system.
This course includes activities designed to ensure or enhance competence
in the basic use of computers.

Computer Based Learning Activity
To demonstrate competence with the basic use of computers
the U.S. Government course is designed
to include a formal 'computer-based' learning activity. For this
particular course the following assignment(s) assessment and
percentage of final grade protocols have been established:
Description of assigned computer-based learning activity
Students will be required to download the mid term exam and study guide
from the internet web site on which it is posted. They will also be required
to locate one scholarly article from a website to which they are referred,
and another from professional scholarly journals in political science located
on Everest library data bases, and to submit via email their critical reviews of
those articles. Thirdly, students will be required to prepare a legal brief of
a supreme court decision by accessing the web site.
Description of impact on percentage of final course grade
The critical reviews, web projects, and the case brief each constitute 1/6 of the course grade the student earns in this class. The mid term and final are each also 1/6 of the final grade. Computer based skills thus are involved in well over half of the total final course grade.
Ron Ziegler
Political Science
Office Hours: by appointment/available for consultation
before each class session
Human beings naturally live in groups. An effective government is necessary
in organizing and maintaining order in a society of people, although it's function
is not to control them. There must also be an agent whose function it is to
maintain smooth market operations as to the allocation of natural resources.
Government is also important in settling conflicts and disputes which arise
in society. A citizen of a particular society must know and understand the operation
of the government; it's primary function is to safeguard their natural rights as citizens.
U.S. Government I is a required course designed to acquaint students with their
political system.

Mon 11/24 Introductions, syllabus, grading criterion, pre-test
Farhenhype 911
Tues 11/25 ch 1, 15, 16, App A1 theory and formation of limited government
The Great Global Warming Swindle
Thu 11/27 Thanksgiving Day/No School
Mon 12/1ch 2, 3 App A2, A5, A7 american system, constitution, federalism
Fiscal Policy
Tues 12/2 ch 4, 5, 17 civil rights and liberties
Boom and Bust
Thu 12/4 ch 6, 7 political socialization
Mon 12/8 ch 8, 9, 10 parties and elections, media (midterm is due on Monday 6/16)
Free To Choose/The Power of Free Markets
Tue 12/9 ch 11 Congress
The Fed
Thu 12/11 ch 12, 13, App A11 Presidency and bureaucracy
Free to Choose/Velvet Revolution
Mon 12/15 ch 14, 18, 19 judiciary/policy process
CIA part 1
Tue 12/16 ch 20 UN and IMF/Bretton Woods and Dumbarton Oaks
CIA part 3
Thu 12/18 Final Due/Post Test (everything must be turned in)
The grade each student earns in this class will be the average of grades earned
on several different instruments, each constituting 1/6 of the total grade:
Mid Term
Critical Review of One Article from ejps and scholarly journal
Case Brief
Class Participation
Web Projects
Mid Term
Study Guide for Case Law on Mid Term
Final Exam
Article Reviews (one before the midterm, and the other before the final)
go to and scroll to the Tables of Contents
at the bottom of the page and search out one of the political science articles
which is interest to you to read, review, and write a 500 word critical analysis about it.
You will email this to the instructor at
You will do the same thing with one article which you select from Keiser Library
media bank resources taken from any one of the following professional journals:
The American Political Science Review
The Journal of Politics
Political Research Quarterly
Political Science Quarterly
American Politics Quarterly
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Political Theory
Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs
American Journal of Political Science
Political Behavior
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Policy Studies Journal
Policy Studies Review
Case Brief
Select a Supreme Court decision which is of interest to you from the text and submit the assignment by the time of the mid term
Go to the following web site:
find the link to US Supreme Court
You will be shown several ways to find cases; try several of them
Or, you can do a google search on a case you have chosen and find the actual text of the case to read.
Prepare a paper which includes the following:
1) The name of the case
2) The date it was decided by the Supreme Court
3) The facts of the case
4) The issue being decided
5) The decision of the court
6) The legal reasoning behind the case
7) The justice who wrote the decision
8) The vote
9) The concurring and dissenting decisions
10) Indicate whether the decision is still law of if it has been overturned

Web Projects There are four of these. The order you do them in does not matter, but all four much be submitted. You could do one each week
Project 1) Legislative Branch
Locate the official website of the United States Congress
Identify each of the following:
Speaker of the House
Majority Leader of the House
Majority Whip of the House
Minority Leader of the House
Minority Whip of the House
the number of members who are Republicans
the number of members who are Democrats
the name of the member of Congress whose district you live in
and the committees that member serves on in the Congress
(look at the state district map at
President of the Senate
President pro temp of the Senate
Majority Leader of the Senate
Minority Leader of the Senate
the Florida members of the U.S. Senate and their party affiliation
Which Florida House District do you live in, and what is the name of the Representative
elected from that district?
Which Florida Senate District do you live in, and what is the name of the Representative
elected from that district? (use to search out this information)
Project 2) Executive Branch
Go to
a) click on 'other offices' or 'your govt' at the bottom of the page
list five of the agencies of the Executive Office of the President
tell one duty of each
name the current official serving in that position
b) click on President Bush's Cabinet
name each department, one duty of each, and the current head of each
c) click on Federal Agencies and Commissions
list five independent regulatory commissions
five government corporations
five executive/administrative agencies
(and identify the primary task of each)
Project 3) New Media/
Find each of the following on line:
The Drudge Report
World Net Daily
Fox news network
copy and paste the url of each to an email which you send to instructor
Project 4) Elections/FEC
Go to
what does it tell you about campaign finance reports and data?
what does it tell you about reporting and compliance?
Go to
what agency is this webpage?
what kinds of information could you learn from this webpage?
Class Participation
You will receive a grade based on two factors, your preparation and participation
in class activities and discussions. This will be primarily structured around your
attendance at class sessions and your ability to maintain proper decorum in that
setting. There is a strong statistical correlation of attendance, preparation,
and participation with grades which students earn, and this grade is also intended
to reinforce the practicality of regularly being in class. It is often not possible to make
up work that is missed in a class built around discussion. While the instructor will
work with the student who may have to miss a session, that should be avoided
to as great an extent as possible.
Contacting Instructor
You may contact the instructor through email at
or by calling at 321-805-2507 (cell). You may leave a voice mail..
If necessary, I will contact you as necessary. If you have to miss a class,
it is advisable that you contact the instructor with that information beforehand.
About Your Instructor
Ron Ziegler taught high school in Detroit, Michigan from 1967 until his retirement
in 1999. During those years, he also taught adult education classes with the
Cass Outreach program, and Kettering, Hazel Park, and Monroe/Bedford adult ed programs. Since 1984, he has taught political science, history, and economics
at Detroit College of Business/Davenport College, Wayne State University,
Macomb Community College, Monroe Community College, Florida Metropolitan
University, Keiser University, and Valencia Community College.
He earned his Bachelors degree in education and political science from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1968, where he also was awarded a Masters degree in political science in 1980. He completed work on his PhD in political science and history there as well. He lives with his three children, Alexander, 20, Sarah, 18, and Kalani, 15, in Kissimmee, to which they relocated following his retirement on thirty plus years of teaching with the Detroit Board of Education and following the passing of his wife, Fayette, in 1998.
Intellectual Honesty and Integrity
It is absolutely essential that each student maintain the highest standards
of scholastic integrity. That does not mean that students should not or may
not work together on some of their work in this class, but what is finally submitted
must be your own effort. Anything else is unacceptable. Any assignment on which
such standards are found to have been breached will be assigned a failing grade
without recourse of altering that grade. Plagiarism is unacceptable.

Grading Scale
A final grade is determined using the following grading scale
90-100% ·46 A
80-89.99% ·47 B
70-79.99% ·48 C
60-69.99% ·49 D
Less than 60% ·50 F
Methods of Course Delivery: The subject matter in this course is presented in various forms which may include lectures, class discussion, demonstrations, collaborative activities, computer assignments, student projects and presentations, on-line research, guest speakers or field trips.
Course Policies:
Because attendance is directly related to students’ overall success and you need to maximize your learning experience to get the most for your financial investment in your education, the following attendance standards have been implemented in this class.
Students are required to attend a minimum of 90% of classtime. Anyone missing more than three classes or a total of 900 minutes (late arrivals, extended or student-initiated breaks, and early departures will be rounded up to the nearest hour).
•1 Students are to arrive promptly and be seated in class by 9:00 a.m. each class day. Please arrange for friends and family to be delivered to their respective work or school places before this time so that you can get the education you have paid for. This is your time to learn and prepare for your future; don’t let others try to take it from you.
•2 Students who have more than the 900 minutes or three class absences will not be allowed to take the final exam.
•3 Students who recognize their responsibility as students to attend each class from the beginning until the end and to return on time from breaks will be acknowledged with some significant form of positive reinforcement (to be decided by the instructor).
Attire: Since Keiser College values the professional appearance of its students and teachers, all students are expected to adhere to the dress code explained in the catalog. This regulation includes attire for the final exam day.
Gentlemen will wear dress casual slacks, dress shirts, dress shoes, and ties (properly tied). Gentlemen are required to keep shirts tucked in and ties properly tied at all times on campus, including hallways, break room, and outside the building.
Ladies will wear blouses or dresses with sleeves, dresses or skirts of an acceptable length, and covered toe shoes. No denim jeans are allowed for either gender, and ladies cannot wear denim skirts or dresses. This policy for ladies is in effect for every minute that you are anywhere on campus.
This policy is your only warning. Failure to dress according to the above manner will result in your being dismissed from class and the building until you can return with proper attire.
Breaks: Breaks are 10:00-10, 11:00-11:10, 11:50- 12:10 and are to be followed by each class and each student. Please be certain that you know what time your watch has when you go on break so that you will be back in class by the time your either one of your 10 or your 20-minute break is up. Also, please take care of any cell phone calls (outside of the school, not in the hallways) or pit stops before class, during breaks, and after class.
Sleeping: Students are not allowed to sleep in class. If you are found sleeping in class you will be asked to leave.

Cell Phones/Text Messengers: A noisy, ringing, clanging, or chiming, etc. cell phone distracts both you and your classmates and teacher. All phone calls or text messages should be handled before class, on breaks or after class. Cell phones are to be used only outside of the building and not in the hallways, lounge, library, etc. Either keep the phone turned off during class, or leave it home. Do not get out your phone or text messengers during class.
Under no circumstances is it allowed to go off or are you to answer it during class or leave class to answer it. If you leave class to answer your phone or are found to be on the phone during class time, you will receive 0 for participation and be asked to leave for the day.
Please be certain to give the school phone number to those extremely few persons (such as your children’s school or daycare) who need it for an extreme emergency. The only way should receive emergency messages should be through the front desk staff and not your cell phone. Our front desk receptionists will make certain that you get emergency information from these sources – and have already relayed such messages in the past.
Demeanor: By enrolling in Keiser College, you have expressed a desire to obtain a successful career and future. When you enter the college door, you may sometimes have to do one of your toughest acting jobs (just as you will in the job world). You must remind yourself that the pain and outside frustrations of the world need to be left outside the door and you need to try your best to mentally turn off these distractions so that you can and your peers can have a good day and learn what is taught that day.
For you and your peers to achieve this goal, adult behavior is expected at all times in the classrooms, halls, break room, restrooms, and outside areas.
•1 Students are expected to have sufficient vocabulary and maturity that four-letter words are not heard in any of the above-mentioned facilities.
•2 A spirit of cooperation and willingness to collaborate on projects are expected at all times in the classroom and provide you experiences that will prepare you for the kinds of interpersonal relationships you will experience in the work world.
Deviations from acceptable demeanor are grounds for dismissal from the class until the time that the student can enter into all class activities as a mature adult.
Missed Assignments: Since you are expected to attend each class, missed assignments will not be made up unless a near-death experience prevented your class attendance. Such experience must be documented by a doctor’s excuse or a death certificate. You are responsible for obtaining copies of the notes and other information missed during any absence. If you opt to miss even a few minutes of class, you miss information you will later regret not having; you may also miss quizzes you will not be allowed to make up.