PS 101: Introduction to Political Science

Enrollment Message:

Terms of Use (More Info in Syllabi): Dual enrollment (DE) courses follow St. Clair County Community College (SC4)’s calendar. You consent to pay the SC4 in-district tuition/fees. Michigan Virtual will invoice eligible charges following enrollment/withdrawal date. Students or enrolling schools must buy required text/materials listed in syllabi. SC4 accepts SAT scores for DE eligibility. If student hasn’t taken the SAT, then SC4 will evaluate the student’s H.S. transcript. Upload files to Michigan Virtual’s Student Learning Portal (SLP). DE courses are limited to students attending public/private schools in Michigan. Nonresident or homeschooled students are not eligible. Students must complete the webform in their registration email. SC4 will contact the student directly with acceptance by mail and info on accessing the portal, college email, and online course content. SC4 will transmit scores electronically or by mail via Michigan Virtual. DE scores will not appear in the SLP.

Course Number: PS 101

Credit Hours: 3

Contact Hours: 3 (Lecture); 0 (Lab); 0 (Other)

COURSE RATIONALE: Political Science 101 provides students an opportunity to become aware of and gain knowledge about: the interdependence of national, state and local governments; the United States legal system; rights and responsibilities of citizens; United States governmental structure and policy-making; political and electoral processes; global organizations and global interdependence.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: PS 101: Introduction to Political Science. Institutions and principles of government utilizing the American experience at the national, state and local levels are examined. The course also includes a study of international organizations and global interrelationships.

Prerequisites:  None

Course Objectives/Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  1. define the basic principles upon which the United States government is founded.
  2. outline the structure of the United States government and how it interacts with the public and other nations.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the basic policy making process under which the United States government operates.
  4. identify the fundamental issues surrounding civil liberties and civil rights.
  5. describe how political parties and interest groups interact with each other, with the government and with the public.
  6. gain insight into current events and make connections between the subject matter of the course and world affairs.
  7. further develop critical thinking skills.

Course Outline:

Principles of the constitution

American federalism

State and local governments

Political ideology—process

Political parties and elections

Branches of the government/bureaucracy

Political culture—economic, social, global, etc.

Domestic and Foreign Policy

Others as time permits

Resources Included: Upon confirmation of the student's course registration, SC4 will mail an acceptance letter to each student's home address. This letter will contain additional information about login access to the SC4 Portal and establishing a college email account. Students will receive login information to the Canvas learning management system (LMS) via their college email account. The email will provide login procedures necessary to access the online course(s) for which a student is enrolled.

Additional Costs: Required Textbook / Materials: Losco, J., & Baker, R. (2019). AM GOV 2019-2020 (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13: 9781259912443 ISBN-10: 1259912442 OR eBook: ISBN-13: 9781260166026 ISBN-10: 1260166023.

Estimated Cost: $48-$200. SC4 Bookstore: (810) 989-5725 https://www.bkstr.com/stclaircountyccstore/home

Students are responsible for all tuition, books/supplies, and fees the school or school district does not pay; this includes the non-refundable student fee for dropped courses. A high school may hold the student responsible for reimbursement of tuition and fees should the student fail a course(s) for which the school district paid.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. Michigan Virtual will transmit the final letter grade awarded by SC4 for each dual enrollment course completed to the student and his/her enrolling school.

Time Commitment: Dual enrollment semester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to all web resources linked within the online course content provided by the SC4 Canvas learning management system.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact your SC4 instructor or the college at 810-984-3881.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use their college email or other means provided by their instructor within the course syllabus or within their learning management system once the term has begun when they need instructor assistance. The instructor may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: Disability Services - Support services are available to students at SC4 upon request. For information regarding services provided by St. Clair County Community College, contact the Achievement Center at (810) 989-5759. Students must self-identify their need for assistance.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: [1] Dual enrollment courses follow unique start, end and last day to withdraw dates for St. Clair County Community College (SC4)’s academic calendar for courses [https://michiganvirtual.org/dualenrollmentdates].

[2] You are consenting to pay the SC4 in-district tuition and fees for the course(s) selected [https://sc4.edu/admissions/tuition-and-fees/]. Michigan Virtual will send an invoice for eligible charges following the enrollment/withdrawal date of each term. Students or their enrolling schools are responsible to purchase the required textbook and materials listed in the syllabus.

[3] SC4 accepts the SAT as qualifying scores for dual enrollment eligibility. If a student has not taken the SAT, then SC4 will evaluate the student’s high school transcript to determine college readiness. Upload the student’s SAT report and/or high school transcript to Michigan Virtual’s Student Learning Portal (SLP) [https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/slp-add-sat-and-transcript-files-to-student-account/].

[4] Dual enrollment courses are limited to students attending public or private schools in the State of Michigan. Nonresident or homeschooled students are not eligible to dual enroll.

[5] SC4 will transmit a student’s scores electronically or by mail via Michigan Virtual. Dual enrollment scores will not appear in the SLP.

[6] Students must complete the online webform linked in their registration email before the enrollment will be confirmed.

[7] SC4 will contact the student directly with an acceptance letter and information on accessing the SC4 Portal, a college email account, and the online course content.

Details


School Level: Postsecondary
Standards: None
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 04153
MDE Endorsement Code:
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: SC4
Instructor Provider: SC4

Course Type: DUAL3