PLS 211 Syllabus


Division:       Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014


Curricula in which Course is Taught:  College Transfer Programs


Course Number and Title:                       Political Science 211, U.S. Government I


Credit Hours:   3     Hours/Week Lecture:   3   Hours/Wk Lab:     Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description:  Teaches structure, operation, and process of national government.  Includes in-depth study of the three branches of the government and of public policy.


II.        Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which it is Taught:

Students successfully completing this course will understand how our national government and the political process work, demonstrate the ability to think, read, and write critically, to develop the ability to recognize cultural and historical trends toward a more global understanding of the world, to participate in political discussions, to listen objectively and speak effectively, and to evince a concern for social responsibility and ethics.


III.           Required Background:  MTE 2C, ENF 3


IV.       Course Content:

Topics include, but are not limited to:

1.    The Constitution

2.    Federalism

3.    American Political Culture and Civil Liberties

4.    Civil Rights

5.    Public Opinion

6.    Political Participation

7.    Political Parties

8.    Elections and Campaigns

9.    Interest Groups

10. The Media

11. Congress

12. The Presidency

13. The Judiciary

14. The Bureaucracy


IV.          Learner Outcomes

The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

  1. Understand the topics listed above
  2. Think, read, and write critically about politics and the American political structure
  3. Be able to write an academic paper or papers
  4. Display an awareness of ethical ramifications involved in individual and political decision making

Students must complete several short academic papers and/or at least one longer academic paper.  Students will be evaluated via some combination of exams, quizzes, writing assignments, and other projects designed and stipulated by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:  


          DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding