PoliSci Class

Politics matters. If you do not take an interest and participate, others will, and they will influence the decisions that govern your life. Will they take us to war in a foreign land? Who might have to fight in that war? You. Will they alter the tax code to favor certain citizens and corporations? Who will have to pay in taxes what others avoid paying? You. Will they set up government programs whose costs escalate far beyond what anyone had foreseen? Who then will have to pay these costs? You. One goal of this course is to make you aware of what politics is and how it works so that you can look after yourself and prevent others from using you. The ignorant are manipulated. Through examples from the United States and from other lands, this course will introduce you to the whole field of political science looking at a variety of theories, conceptual frameworks, and paradigms.


Spring 2016
DATE
CLASS WORK
HOMEWORK
1/21/2016
1. Student Info. Sheets
2. Read/Review Syllabus
3. Course Expectations
Research:
  • What is politics?
  • What is political science?
  • What is similar & different about these two terms?
1/22/2016
Learning Target: Explain the differences between politics & political
science by classifying characteristics and actions of politicians
and political scientists.
  • Signed syllabus in binder DUE Monday 1/25
  • Read & take notes on Roskin pp. 3-7 & 14-19
1/25/2016
Learning Target: Evaluate Aristotle's claim that the study of politics
is "the Master Science" by engaging in a small group discussion in order
to explain at least three connections political science has to other
social sciences, one way in which political science can be considered a science, and two limitations of political science has as a science.
  • Read & take notes on Roskin pp. 7-13. Don't ignore the sidebars!
1/26/2016
Learning Target:Explain the Current Events Journal assignment, Ms. Muraca's expectations, and how it will be scored.
1/27/2016
Learning Target: Use my understanding of power to explain how different
groups are "political" by creating scenarios in which these groups exercise different forms of power.

1/29/2016
Learning Target: Read to understand Aristotle's central idea about politics by paraphrasing each paragraph of the selection.

2/1/2016
Learning Target: Identify the purpose of the article & the author's thesis and determine how the author supports his central claim by responding to reading comprehension questions.
QUIZ on Political Science, Politics, & Power on Wednesday 2/3
2/2/2016
Learning Target: Evaluate the differences between the power theories of Dahl, Bachrach & Baratz, Lukes and Isaacs by engaging in a small group discussion about the reading in which we review the reading activity and respond to the following questions:
  • Which theory of power do you think explains power the best? WHY?
  • What does Ellis' essay convey about the discipline of political science?
QUIZ on Political Science, Politics, & Power on Wednesday 2/3
2/3/2016
QUIZ on Political Science, Politics, & Power

Learning Target: Explain Socrates'/Plato's message in Allegory of the Cave by first drawing a rendering of the cave and then responding (in notes) & discussing reading questions.

2/5/2016
Learning Target: Explain central points of Plato's theory as articulated in the Republic after reading a selection by drawing a representation of the government Plato describes.
Read & take notes on Roskin pp.21-28 (this is from your assigned textbook)
2/8/2016
SNOW DAY

2/9/2016
Learning Target:Identify the purpose of political theory and the several different types that exist.

2/10/16
Learning Target: Describe Machiavelli's political theory with regard to human nature and the role of the monarch by completeing a discussion note sheet.

Learning Target: Assess the reputation of Machiavelli by reading an op-ed, watching a brief interview & engaging in small group discussion.
Watch Salman Rushie's assessment of Machiavelli & respond to the last question on Why Machiavelli Still Matters
2/17/16
Learning Target: Assess the state of nature and compare the political theories of social contractualists Hobbes and Locke using excerpts from primary sources to respond to comprehension questions in preparation to complete a Venn diagram.
Read Rousseau's //The Social Contract// & Respond to the questions at the end
2/19/2016
Learning Target: Explain the purpose of government while demonstrating an understanding of the right, roles, and status of the individual in relation to the general welfare articulated by Rousseau by analyzing a portion of The Social Contract by annotating the text.
Finish Rousseau
2/22/2016
Learning Target: Explore the purpose of government while demonstrating an understanding of the right, roles, and status of the individual in relation to the general welfare articulated in Rousseau's The Social Contract by engaging in a group discussion (Salon).

2/23/2016
Learning Target: Explain what Marx refers to as the "history of all hitherto existing society by engaging in a simulation and responding to reflection questions.
Read & take notes on Roskin pp. 28-36
QUIZ on Political Theories tentatively on Friday 2/26
2/24/2016
Learning Target: Analyze excerpts from Marx and Engles' The Communist Manifesto by reading chunks of independently, discussing the ideas delineated in the text and responding to comprehension questions about each chunk of text with a partner(s).

2/26/2016
Learning Target: Identify and describe the 5 contemporary theories after attending to a lecture, taking notes and answering a few multiple choice questions.
QUIZ on Political Theories Monday 2/29
2/29/2016
QUIZ on Political Theories
Read Roskin pp. 39-52 & take notes
3/1/2016
Learning Target: Compare & contrast classical and modern liberalism by reading a text and creating a graphic organizer.

3/3/2016
Finish Tuesday's Activity & watch THIS short video.
Learning Target: Explain the modern conservative movement by delineating the ways in which classic liberalism and traditional conservatism contribute to its ideology.

3/7/2016
Finish Thursday's Activity on Conservatism

3/8/2016
Learning Target: Compare and contrast Marxist socialism, Leninist communism , and social democracy by reading an article and completing a tri-Venn diagram.
Read & take notes of Roskin pp. 52-56 DUE Friday
3/9/2016
Finish yesterday's activity
Period 3 Tri-Venn
Period 5 Tri-Venn
Read Fascism article
3/11/2016
Learning Target: Explore the tenets of Fascism by reading an article and responding to five response questions in complete sentences with my partner.
Read & take notes of Roskin pp. 52-56 DUE Friday
3/14/2016
Finish Fascism Response Questions
Learning Target: Research information on my assigned ideology using the NHS Library/Media Center Databases in order to prepare a mini presentation on your ideology in the shared Google Slides.
Current Events Journal Due March 24
3/15/2016
Learning Target: Research information on my assigned ideology using the NHS Library/Media Center Databases in order to prepare a mini presentation on your ideology in the shared Google Slides.
Current Events Journal Due March 24
3/16/2015
Finish researching & assembling your Google Slides.
Learning Target: Present important information to my peers about my assigned ideology after synthesizing research from the NHS Library/Media Center Databases into a slide show presentation. Period 3 & Period 5
Current Events Journal Due March 24

Unit 1 TEST on Friday 3/18 = Multiple Choice questions on Ideology & Short Anser Responses on Political Science, Politics, Power & Political Philosophy/Theory
3/18/2016
Unit 1 TEST
Read & take notes on Shively Ch.3 pp. 49-53

Unit 2: States, Governments & Rights

3/21/2016
Learning Target: Determine the differences between states, nations, and nation-states.
Finish reading Shively Ch. 3 pp. 63-69
3/22/2016
Learning Target: Engage in a case study in which I read about the construction of either Nigeria or the European Union (pp. 69-75 in Shively), in order to explain how states are constructed so that I can compare differences in state-building.
Current Event Journal DUE Thursday 3/24.
3/24/2016
Learning Target: Identify, describe, and apply the crises of nation-state buildin by determining which events/episodes/laws in U.S. history can fit into each of the 5 crises of nation-state building.
Read THIS textbook excerpt & take notes
3/28/2016
Learning Target: Classify governments according to Aristotle's theory and the political compass.

3/29/2016
Finish yesterday's activity
Begin Homework
Read & take notes on Roskin pp. 63-72
3/31/2016
Learning Target: Compare unitary and federal systems of government by reading about different nation-states systems, comparing those to the U.S. and responding to comprehension & critical thinking questions.

Learning Target: Explore the advantages and disadvantages of FPTP and PR by using math skills/calculator to analyze election results.
Finish class work
4/1/2016
Learning Target: Explore the advantages and disadvantages of FPTP and PR reviewing election results and watching FPTP and PR videos.
Read & take notes on Roskin pp.79-86
4/4/2016
Learning Target: Explain the purpose of constitutions and the differences between types

4/5/2016
Learning Target: Compare Civil Right, Social Right & Theocratic Constitutions.

4/7/2016
Finish Comparing Constitutions
Learning Target: Compare civil rights challenges that many contemporary nation-states face by reading about each and responding to questions in preparation for a class discussion.
Learning Target: Compare the civil liberties of differnt nations by reading and responding to questions.
Complete any class work not done by the end of the period
4/8/2016
Learning Target: Apply U.S. civil liberties to different cases by engaging in a simulation.
Read & take notes on Roskin Chapter 6
4/18-19/2016
Learning Target: Describe the benchmarks of representative democracy by teaching your peers about each one and providing examples of how American Democracy has yet to meet that goal. See NPSCT Google Account for shared slide presentation into which you will put your inforamtion.
Read & Annotate "The Irony of Democracy" for Thursday.
4/21-22/2016
Learning Target: Explain and critique elitism and pluralism by engaging is a discussion of each model.
Unit 2 TEST sometime NEXT WEEK!
4/25/2016
Learning Target: Compare & contrast Authoritarianism & Totalitarianism by discussing the questions below in order to complete a Venn Diagram.
  1. What is totalitarianism? What are the essential elements in a totalitarian regime? Specifically, what are the roles of the state and what is the relationship between state and society?
  2. What is authoritarianism? What factors would lead us to conclude that a regime is authoritarian, as opposed to democratic or totalitarian? What are the five types of authoritarianism and how do they differ? Provide examples of each of the five types in your answer.
Period 3 Venn
Period 5 Venn
Read "Why Democracies Fail" and complete the Big Idea Template
4/26/2016
Learning Target: List & describe the factors that influence the success/failure of democracies.
STUDY for Unit 2 TEST on THURSDAY!
4/28/2016
Unit 2 TEST
Read & take notes on Roskin pp.118-131 DUE Monday.
4/29/2016
DUE to the Prom Promise assembly today's class was a work period to allow time to read Roskin assigment due Monday


Unit 3: Political Attitudes

5/2/2016
Learning Target: Define political culture and begin to describe the political culture of the U.S.

5/3/2016
Learning Target: Engage in a simulation playing the role of a city council person who must make decisions that align with Lipset’s Five Elements of the American Creed.
Read "Bowling Alone" & prepare for the Socratic Seminar on Thursday
5/5/2016
Learning Target: Compare the political cultures of different nations by reading and responding to questions.

Learning Target:Evaluate the claims made by Robert Putnam in "Bowling Alone" by engaging in a Socratic seminar with my peers and writing a reflection on my learning.

5/6/2016
Learning Target: Engage in a case study in order to describe an American political subculture depicted in an American TV show by critically viewing and engaging in a small group discussion.
Read & take notes on Roskin pp. 131-134
5/9/2016
Learning Target: Identify the political leanings of members of different demographic groups by analyzing data to draw and justify my conclusions.
Ch. 7 QUIZ on Political Culture Thursday 5/12
5/10/2016
Finish yesterday's activity.
Finish Political Socialization Web Activity for Thursday.
Ch. 7 QUIZ on Political Culture Thursday 5/12
5/12/2016
Discuss the political socialization activity conclusions
Ch. 7 QUIZ on Political Culture
Read & take notes on Roskin pp. 145-153
5/13/2016
Learning Target: Define public opinion and discuss its major characteristics; Discuss the role that public opinion has in the American political system; Describe the factors important to carrying out an accurate poll, and the strength and weaknesses of data from polls by watching a documentary & responding to questions post-viewing.

5/16-17/2016
Learning Target: Examine the results of a New York Times/CBS News poll measuring public opinion.
Policy Memo Issue/Topic DUE May 20.
5/19/2016
Learning Target: Use my knowledge of public opinion and polling to inform my decisions on a simulation where I play the role of a polling consultant.
CURRENT EVENTS JOURNAL DUE MAY 27!
5/20/2016
Learning Target: Explain the changes in how Americans use the media by examining a reading & examining a series of graphs in order to answer a set of questions correctly.
Read Article & complete the Big Idea Template
CURRENT EVENTS JOURNAL DUE MAY 27!


DATE
CLASS WORK
HOMEWORK
6/4/14
  1. Finish Comparing Political Parties Across the Globe
  2. The Evolution of Parties in America
  3. Third Parties in America
  4. State Control & National Platforms
  5. You are the Campaign Manager




DATE
CLASS WORK
HOMEWORK
1/24/14
  • Research: What is politics? What is political science?
1/27/14

  • Read Shively 1.pdf and take notes OR print the text, highlight and annotate.
1/28-29/14
  • Read Roskin pp. 7-13 & take notes
1/30/14
  • Read & take notes on Roskin pp. 3-7 & 14-18
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
2/4/14
  • Meet the Press Discussion
  • Read Roskin 2.pdf Classical Theories pp. 20-28 and take notes for Wednesday 2/6.
2/5/14
Snow Day

2/6/14
Learning Target: Evaluate to what extent political science is the "master science" in class discussion after reading a few sources and engaging in small group discussion.
  • Quiz on Ch.1 in Shively & Roskin
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
2/10/14
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
  • Read Roskin pp. 21-28 & take notes DUE Weds. 2/12
2/11/14
  • Meet the Press Discussion
  • Read Roskin pp. 21-28 & take notes DUE Weds. 2/12
2/12/14
Learning Target: List the main points of Plato's theory as articulated in the Republic and find flaws within this theory.

2/19/14
Machiavelli's The Prince.pdf

Feb. 13, 2013
  1. hobbes v locke.doc
  • Extra Credit: Watch the State of the Union Address from Tuesday & write a 2 page typed (double-spaced) reaction to the speech. Due upon return from Feb. break.
Feb, 14, 2013
  1. Social Contract Theory Venn_Muraca.pptx

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  1. Meet the Press
  • Extra Credit: Watch the State of the Union Address from Tuesday & write a 2 page typed (double-spaced) reaction to the speech. Due upon return from Feb. break.
Feb. 20, 2013
  1. from The Communist Manifesto.docx
  2. Manifestoon from jessedrew on Vimeo.

  • Read Roskin 2.pdf Contemporary Theories pp. 28-36 and take notes
Feb. 21, 2013
  1. Contemporary Political Theory.pptx

Feb. 22, 2013
  1. Unit One-Test.docx
  • Read Roskin 3 pp. 39-45 & take notes
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
*
Feb. 25, 2013
  1. Chapter Three-Conservatism and Liberalism.docx
  • Read Roskin 3 pp. 45- & take notes (Marxist Socialism, Social Democracy, & Communism)
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
3/4/14
  1. Meet the Press
  • Read Roskin 3 pp. 45- & take notes (Marxist Socialism, Social Democracy, & Communism)
*
3/5/14
  1. Marxist socialism, Social Democracy & Communism.docx
  • Read Roskin 3 pp. 49-52 & take notes (Marxist Socialism, Social Democracy, & Communism)
*
3/7/14
  1. The Relationship between Fascism and Nationalism.docx
  • Read and research your assigned contemporary ideology and prepare a mini-presentation for the class.
    • Important pieces of info, history, examples, politicians etc.
  • Unit 1 Exam DUE Sunday 3/16 to amuraca@npsct.org by 10pm.
3/10/14
  1. Contemporary Political Ideologies.pptx
3/11/14
Meet the Press
  • Read Roskin 4 pp. 59-62 including the colorful sidebars.
  • Read Shively Ch.3 pp. 47-612
3/12/14
  1. Plot the political ideologies on the American Political Spectrum and the Political Compass
  2. Determine the differences b/w states, nations, and nation-states
  • Finish Shively Ch.3 paying especially close attention to your assigned nation...Nigeria (last names beginning with A-L) or EU (last names beginning with M-Z)

  • Unit 1 Exam DUE Sunday 3/16 to amuraca@npsct.org by 10pm.
3/14/14
  1. State, Nation, & Nation-State
  2. Teach classmates about respective case studies in state-building: Nigeria OR European Union.
3/17/14
  1. Crises of Nation-State Building.pptx
3/18/14
  1. Meet the Press

3/19/14
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March 14, 2013
  1. Discuss examples of Crises of Nation-State Building.pptx from group work yesterday.
March 15, 2013
  1. Aristotle's Six Types of Government
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
  • QUIZ on States on Weds. 3/20
March 18, 2013
  1. Classifying Governments.docx
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
  • QUIZ on States on Weds. 3/20
March 19, 2013
  1. Government Classifications.pptx
  2. Finish Classifying Governments.docx
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
  • QUIZ on States on Thurs. 3/21
March 20, 2013
  1. Meet the Press
  • QUIZ on States on Thurs. 3/21
March 21, 2013
  1. QUIZ on States on Thurs. 3/21
  • Read Roskin pp. 79-86
March 22, 2013
  1. Constitutions in the Modern World.docx
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
March 25, 2013
  1. Finish Constitutions in the Modern World.docx
  2. Comparing Constitutions.docx
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
March 26, 2013
  1. Meet the Press
  • Read Roskin pp. 87-93
March 27, 2013
  1. Constitutions in the Modern World.pptx
  2. Comparing Civil Rights.docx

March 28, 2013
  1. Comparing Civil Liberties
  2. Compare Civil Liberties Exercise.dotm
  • Finish today's activity
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
April 1, 2013


April 2, 2013
  1. Meet the Press

April 3, 2013


April 4, 2013
  1. QUIZ on Ch.5-Constitutions
  • Read Roskin pp. 97-104
April 5, 2013
  1. Identify and describe the 10 characteristics of democracy.
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
  • Read Roskin pp. 104-107
April 8, 2013
  1. Which is a more accurate, the elitist or pluralist theory?
  • Watch Meet the Press, take notes, research & prepare for Tuesday's discussion
  • Read Roskin pp. 107-115
April 9, 2013
  1. Meet the Press
  • Read Roskin pp. 107-115
April 10, 2013
  1. What is totalitarianism? What are the essential elements in a totalitarian regime? Specifically, what are the roles of the state and what is the relationship between state and society?
  2. What is authoritarianism? What factors would lead us to conclude that a regime is authoritarian, as opposed to democratic or totalitarian? What are the five types of authoritarianism and how do they differ? Provide examples of each of the five types in your answer.
  3. Roskin Ch. 6.ppt

April 11, 2013
  1. Why Dems. Fail.pdf

April 12, 2013
  1. Hugo Black Lecture Extra Credit.docx
  2. Unit Two Assessment.docx
  • Work on Unit 2 Assessment
  • Watch Meet the Press
April 22, 1013
  1. Political Culture.docx
  • Work on Unit 2 Assessment
  • Watch Meet the Press
April 23, 2013
  1. Meet the Press
  • Work on Unit 2 Assessment
  • Read Roskin 119-123 & 131-134
April 24, 2013
  1. What does your textbook say political culture is?
  2. How does it fit with your working definition from Monday?
  3. How are political culture & public opinion different?
    • Examples
  4. How are political culture & public opinion related?
  5. What are the various source of political socialization?
  • Work on Unit 2 Assessment
  • Read Roskin 123-126
April 25, 2013


May 2, 2013
  1. QUIZ on Political Culture
  • Read Roskin pp. 137-145 & take notes
May 3, 2013
  1. Public Opinion Survey
  2. Pew Research Center Poll Results
  3. Mini-Lecture on Public Opinion
  4. Policy Memo.docx
  • Read Roskin pp. 145-149 & 152-153 & take notes
  • Watch Meet the Press
May 6, 2013
  1. Polling Techniques
  2. Design a public opinion poll to administer to NHS students
  • Watch Meet the Press
May 7, 2013
  1. Meet the Press
May 8, 2013
  1. Collect and organize the data from the public opinion polls
  2. What does this data reveal about the opinion of NHS students toward the selected topic?
  3. What are some limitations of our opinion polls?
  4. Review Policy Memo.docx due on JUNE 3, 2013
  • Read Roskin pp. 157-162
May 9, 2013
  1. Use of the Media by the American Public
  2. You are the News Editor
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May 10, 2013
TV News & Public Agenda.pdf
TV News_Big Idea Template.docx
Read Roskin pp, 168-173
Watch Meet the Press
May 13, 2013
Discuss Friday's Article
Watch Meet the Press
QUIZ on Ch. 9 Thursday
May 14, 2013
Meet the Press
QUIZ Ch. 9
May 15, 2013
Comparing Media and Interest Articulation.docx
QUIZ Ch. 9
May 16, 2013
QUIZ on Ch. 9

May 17, 2013
Public Policy Issues -- Vanderbilt University




June 4, 2013
SIMULATION: You are a Media Consultant
You Are a Media Consultant to a Political Candidate.docx
TEST on Ch. 10, 11 & 12 on Thursday 6/6!
June 5, 2013
SIMULATION: You are the Campaign Manager
SIMULATION 2: Campaign Finance
TEST on Ch. 10, 11 & 12 on Thursday 6/6!
June 6, 2013
TEST on Ch. 10, 11 & 12