To the dull mind, all of nature is leaden.  To the illuminated mind, the whole world sparkles with light.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

Syllabus

Friday, January 13th

·         U.S. Supreme Court Cases

o   Overview of the Court

o   Facts + Constitutional Issue + Precedents = opinion

o   The 14th Amendment

§  Due process

§  Equal protection of the law

o   The 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech

§  Obscenity

·         Miller v. California (1973)

§  Symbolic speech

·         Texas v. Johnson (1989)

·         Tinker v. DesMoines (1969)

·         Homework

o   Read the 2nd half of Civil Liberties chapter (p. 108-119)

§  Prepare for quiz

 

Wednesday, January 11th

·         Interest Groups

o   Quiz

o   Quid pro quo?

o   Questions

·         Homework

o   Read the 1st half of Civil Liberties chapter (p. 96-108; stop prior to the 'Church and State' section)

 

Monday, January 9th

·         Welcome back!

·         Summer internships in politics/government

·         Interest Groups

o   Why do we have interest groups in America?

o   What do interest groups do?

o   Different interest groups

o   Quid pro quo?

o   Questions

·         Homework

o   Read Interest Groups chapter and prepare for quiz

 

Wednesday, December 21st

·         Exam (Constitution, Federalism, Elections, Political Parties, Federalist X, Public Opinion, and the Media)

·         Homework

o   Play!

 

Monday, December 19th

·         Review

o   Constitution

o   Federalism

o   Elections

o   Political Parties

o   Federalist X

o   Public Opinion

o   Media

·         Homework

o   Continue preparing for the exam on Dec. 21st (Constitution, Federalism, Elections, Political Parties, Federalist X, Public Opinion, and the Media)

§  60 multiple choice responses

§  1 FRQ

 

Thursday, December 15th

·         Editing and re-writing the FRQ

·         Homework

o   Continue preparing for the exam on Dec. 21st (Constitution, Federalism, Elections, Political Parties, Federalist X, Public Opinion, and the Media)

o   Specifically the Media, and creating a study guide for each section

 

Tuesday, December 13th

·         Media

o   Issue comparison

·         MC

o   Overview

o   Sample questions

·         FRQ

o   Overview

o   FRQ Tips

o   FRQ

o   Feedback and update

·         Homework

o   Continue preparing for the exam on Dec. 21st (Constitution, Federalism, Elections, Political Parties, Federalist X, Public Opinion, and the Media)

o   Specifically, review Federalist X and the Elections and Political Parties chapters

 

Friday, December 9th

·         Media

o   Quiz

·         Public Opinion

o   Review Public Opinion questions

·         Media

o   Ethical lapses, judgment

o   Issue comparison

o   Media questions

·         Homework

o   Start preparing for the exam on Dec. 21st (Constitution, Federalism, Elections, Political Parties, Federalist X, Public Opinion, and the Media)

o   Specifically, review the Constitution chapter and packet and Federalism

 

Tuesday, December 6th

·         Elections

o   Campaign Finance (continued…)

·         Media

o   Media in Action

o   Ethical lapses, judgment

·         Homework

o   Read the Media chapter and prepare for quiz

 

Friday, December 2nd

·         Public Opinion Quiz

·         Elections

o   Campaign Finance

o   Elites

o   Issues in campaigns and elections

·         Political Participation

·         Homework

o   Public Opinion Questions

 

Wednesday, November 30th

·         Elections

o   Political Parties and Movements (Democrats)

§  What type of Republican might President-Elect Trump be?

o   Types of party organizations

§  What type of party organization benefited President-Elect Trump?

o   Federalist X

·         Homework

o   Read Public Opinion and prepare for quiz on Friday, Dec. 2nd.

o   Looking ahead: exam on Dec. 21st (Constitution, Federalism, Elections, Political Parties, Federalist X, Public Opinion, and the Media) 

 

Monday, November 28th

·         Elections

o   Political Parties and Movements (Republican)

o   Types of party organizations

o   Campaign Finance

o   Elites

·         Homework

o   Read Public Opinion and prepare for quiz on Friday, Dec. 2nd.

 

Monday, November 21st

·         Elections

o   Presentations (redux…)

§  2016?

o   Types of party organizations

o   Federalist X

·         Homework

o   Rest.   

 

Thursday, November 17th

·         Election redux

o   President-elect Trump's transition

o   Duckworth, Mendoza, Foxx, Rahm

o   Be involved in organizations that are important to you and others

·         Elections

o   Presentations

o   Types of party organizations

o   Elites

·         Homework

o   Read Federalist X by Madison (in the Appendix of the textbook).  Bring notes to class. 

 

Monday, November 14th

·         Reminder:

o   Complete any missed quizzes by this Wednesday (Nov. 16th) or they go in as a permanent zero

o   Check GradeBook this afternoon to see if you are missing anything

o   There will be an enrichment tomorrow for quizzes.  If you can't be at the enrichment, zap me an email today to let me know when you can take the quiz

·         Civil discourse

o   The outcome of the election isn't the same as the outcome of a Bear v. Packers football

·         Election redux

o   You were correct…Republicans retained control of the Senate

o   Langston Hughes' Let America be America Again

§  Read it as a Clinton supporter

§  Read it as a Trump supporter

§  Does a similar theme emerge?

o   Popular vote versus electoral college vote

§  What do the data tell us?

§  What other data do we need to consider?

·         Non-voters?

§  Eric Holder on the Electoral College

§  Did third party candidates impact the outcome of the race?

§  Other questions…

o   President-elect Trump's transition

o   Duckworth, Mendoza, Foxx, Rahm

o   Be involved in organizations that are important to you and others

·         Elections

o   Federalist X

o   Elites

o   Types of party organizations

·         Homework

o   Have campaign presentation ready to go at the beginning of next class

 

Tuesday, November 8th

·         Any outstanding quizzes need to be completed by Wednesday of next week

o   Reminder: Politics with the Principal Enrichments are only for those making up a quiz

·         Elections

o   Should we vote today?

o   If Trump loses (or wins) is the Republican party dead?

o   US Senate races: will the Democrats gain control of the US Senate?

§  Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida

·         Homework

o   Read Political Parties chapter and prepare for quiz

 

Thursday, November 3rd

·         Elections

o   Continue progress on Campaigns Project I

 

Monday, October 31st

·         Elections

o   Continue progress on Campaigns Project I

 

Thursday, October 27th

·         Elections

o   Social Identity

o   The Electoral College

§  The Electoral College Map

§  Making Votes Count: Abolish the Electoral College?

o   Should we vote?

o   Campaigns Project I

·         Homework

o   Continue progress on Campaigns Project I

 

Tuesday, October 25th

·         Elections

o   Campaigns and Elections Quiz II

o   Undecided voters

o   What does the Constitution say about elections?

o   What is a Democrat and what is a Republican?

§  Matrix

§  Continuum

·         Homework

o   Read First Tuesday of Huh?

o   Read Why Vote

o   Read Why We Vote

Friday, October 21st

·         Elections

o   New seats and partners

o   Campaigns and Elections Quiz I

o   Make up quizzes (before school, after school, lunch period, enrichment)

§  Politics with the Principal enrichment

o   Page numbers of the two editions of the text are different.  Page numbers listed here are for the 14th edition (the blue one). 

o   What lenses have we thus far learned to look through to analyze our political system?

o   New section!

o   The role of elections in American politics

§  The ascendancy of Barack Obama

·         Homework

o   Read the 2nd half of Campaigns and Elections Chapter (p. 233-249)

o   Prepare for quiz

 

Tuesday, October 18th

·         Founder's Intent

o   The Founder's Intent in Modern America (continued…)

o   Post to turnitin by end of class

·         Homework

o   Read the 1st half of Campaigns and Elections Chapter (p. 219-233)

o   Prepare for quiz

 

Friday, October, 14th

·         Founder's Intent

o   The Founder's Intent in Modern America (continued…)

·         Homework

o   The Founder's Intent in Modern America (continued…)

 

Wednesday, October 12th

·         Founder's Intent

o   Federalism Quiz

o   Do you see JFK's theories in the Presidential Race?

o   The Founder's Intent in Modern America

·         Homework

o   The Founder's Intent in Modern America (continued…)

o   Complete KIA consent form

 

Friday, October 7th

·         Founder's Intent

o   Federalism

§  Federal-State relations

§  State-State relations

·         2016 Presidential race

·         Homework

o   Potential strike

o   Read the 2nd half of the Federalism chapter and prepare for quiz

o   Complete KIA consent form

 

Tuesday, October 4th

·         Founder's Dilemma

o   Constitution Quiz

o   Amendment Proposals

·         Homework

o   Read the 1st half of the Federalism chapter

 

Friday, September 30th

·         Founder's Dilemma

o   Did Beard make a sound Toulmin argument?

o   Reviewing the Constitution and Amendments

·         Homework

o   Prepare for Constitution and Amendments quiz

 

Wednesday, September 28th

·         Life

o   Breathe…mood meter

o   Your talents + government + policy

o   If you have any questions, concerns, want to chat about your progress in class…see me anytime…seriously…I'm on your team and want nothing but your successful growth

o   Potential strike

·         Review Constitution (Chapter) quiz

·         Founder's Intent

o   Representative democracy

§  Did Beard make a sound Toulmin argument?  Map it out. (continued…)

o   Review the Constitution

§  The Preamble and Contemporary Questions

§  I'm Just a Bill

·         Homework

o   Read the Amendments

 

Monday, September 26th

·         The Trump/Clinton Debate

o    From the Archives

·         Founder's Intent

o    Representative democracy

§  If representative democracy is such a good form of government, why doesn't it extend to other areas of our life?

§  What are the ways in which our Constitution is undemocratic?

§  JFK's theories of government

§  Did Beard make a sound Toulmin argument?  Map it out.

1.      Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" case

·         Homework

o    Thoroughly read the Constitution (Articles 1-7; not the Amendments)

 

Thursday, September 22nd

·         Life

o    Our broader American context

o    College

o    Be good to yourself; be good to others

o    Gather a team

·         Founder's Intent

o    Did the Founders have legitimate authority to craft the Constitution?  From where did they divine the power to do so? 

o    Human Rights Bingo

§  What are the specific human rights that are codified in the Constitution?

·         Homework

o    Read the 2nd of Chapter 6 of Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution (p. 168-188)

§  Craft an outline of Beard's emerging argument 

 

Monday, September 19th

·         Administrative stuff

o    If you're absent, see or email me the day you return and we will get you caught up and create a sensible plan together about the timeframe in which you can tend to missed learning activities

o    Unsubmitted assignments may be turned in up to the next class period (with point reduction).  Thereafter, the assignment can be turned in and receive feedback, but will receive zero points.

o    Groupings

o    Civic Discourse

·         Founder's Intent

o    Constitution (The Chapter) Quiz

o    The Presidential Race

o    How would Locke and Bentham/Mill (conjoining the Utilitarians for this purpose) answer the following:

§  Should citizens pay for the following services: public washrooms, garbage pick-up, police protection, fire protection, use of highways, use of sidewalks, other?

·         Homework

o    Read the 1st half of Chapter 6 of Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution (p. 152-168)

§  Craft an outline of Beard's emerging argument 

 

Thursday, September 15th

·         Founder's Intent

o   What were the problems with the Articles of Confederation and how did the Founders resolve those problems in the Constitution?

o   Was the Constitution designed to support the interests of the elites or masses?

o   What are 15 ways in which our Constitution is undemocratic?

o   Analyze the Preamble of the Constitution.  How is it informed by the political philosophers you have thus far encountered in class?

·         Homework

o    Read The Constitution Chapter

o    Prepare for quiz

 

Tuesday, September 13th

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·         Political Philosophy

o    Who was the first President of the United States?

o    How do we rectify Utilitarianism (Bentham and Mill) with Locke's natural rights (life, liberty, and property)?

§  AIDS anti-viral drug scenario in South Africa

·         Argumentation

·         Founder's Intent

o   Our guiding questions

o   Consent of the governed…where do we see Locke in the Declaration of Independence?

·         Homework

o   The Declaration of Independence is an argument.  Marry the Declaration of Independence with Toulmin. 

1.      Step 1.  List what you find to be the claims, grounds, backing, warrant, rebuttal, and modal term of the Declaration.

2.      Step 2.  Assess whether or not the Founders made a sound argument.

3.      Step 3.  Post to turnitin.

 

Friday, September 9th

·         Political Philosophy

o   Update on Devineland

o   Political Philosophy (continued…)

o   Power

o   The State of Nature

o   Probing Utilitarianism

·         Homework

o   Watch Sandel

 

Wednesday, September 7th

·         Introductions

·         Questions about the syllabus?

·         Notebook/binder organization

·         What makes a nation (continued…)?

·         Flow Chart of American Government

·         Political Philosophy

·         Password for accessing documents

·         Homework

o   Read Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill

 

Tuesday, September 6th

·         Introductions

·         Syllabus

·         What makes a nation?

·         Next week

·         Homework

o   Read Syllabus

o   Complete Biography

o   Create turnitin account