Required Text: Thomas E. Patterson, The American Democracy 10/e. Book may be purchased at the TCC Bookstore.
During the semester we will survey American Federal Government, including systems, development, history and the effects it has had on social, economic, political and cultural trends of American life.
General Education Goals
General Education courses at TCC ensure that our graduates gain skills, knowledge, and abilities that comprise a common foundation for their higher education and a backdrop for their work and personal lives. TCC’s General Education goals are: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Engaged Learning, and Technological Proficiency.
To understand the issues, events and political developments pertaining to American Federal Government from independence from Great Britain to the present era.
To link events of the past with current events and uncover the issues that they share.
To use the study of American Federal Government to improve your writing and planning skills essential to your future success in any endeavor.
Class time will be used to highlight major points from the reading, summarize concepts addressed from the previous class, clarify new concepts, and answer any questions you may have concerning the topics covered. You are encouraged to bring in recent articles, books read or video media related to topics we cover for class discussion. Relevant films, audio, field trips as well as guest speakers will be part of the course when appropriate. Discussion and question are encouraged during instructor presentations.
All TCC students receive a designated “MyTCC” email address (ex: firstname.lastname@example.org). All communications to you about TCC and course assignments will be sent to your MyTCC email address; and you must use MyTCC email to send email to, and receive email from, the instructor regarding this course. Do not hesitate to contact me as I check for email and voice mail messages often. The most efficient way to reach me is via email. If you need to leave a message on voice mail, provide all of the relevant details. That way I can leave an appropriate response to your question should I get your voice mail. I will be available for consultations during class breaks and 30 minutes prior to each class.
TCC rarely closes. If extreme weather conditions or emergency situations arise, TCC always gives cancellation notices to radio and television stations. This information is also posted on the TCC website (www.tulsacc.edu).
The deadline to withdraw from a course shall not exceed 3/4 the duration of any class. Check the TCC Academic Calendar for the deadline that applies to the course(s). Begin the process with a discussion with the faculty member assigned to the course. Contact the Counseling Office at any TCC campus to initiate withdrawal from a course (“W” grade) or to change from Credit to Audit. Withdrawal and/or change to an audit from a course after the drop/add period can alter the financial aid award for the current and future semesters. Student may receive an outstanding bill from TCC if the recalculation leaves a balance due to TCC. Students who stop participating in the course and fail to withdraw may receive a course grade of “F,” which may have financial aid consequences for the student.
Attendance & Participation
Your enrollment in this class assumes that you will attend and participate fully in the course. Participation in class discussions is not graded per se, but encouraged to improve and facilitate your learning process.
When participating in class discussions, a substantive response is more than simply saying, “I agree.” or “I like your thinking on that subject.” or “I’m not sure I see it that way.” A substantive response builds on other people’s comments, adds the person’s own knowledge, suggests alternative opinions, points out problems, advances the discussion by asking a related question of the other students, or even at times, constructively disagrees. All students are to respect the opinions and thoughts of the instructor and other students.
All cell phones, pagers, iPods should be turned off or put on silence mode during class. LAPTOPS MUST REMAIN CLOSED DURING CLASS LECTURES, VIDEOS AND DISCUSSIONS. Any student discovered using their laptop for personal messaging during class will result in the prohibition of laptops for all students. Twittering & text messaging during class time will not be tolerated. In the instructor’s opinion this is like talking in class. Attendance Policy –IMPORTANT!
Attendance is essential in a class of this nature. Assignments and lectures build upon each other from one class to the next, so an absence makes successful completion of the assignments quite difficult. More than 4 class absences will be considered excessive and result in a failing course grade. It will be reported to the Registrar and dean of Student Services. The Financial Aid Office and Veterans Services also will be notified. If the student is unable to attend class, he/she should contact the instructor as soon as possible. After each absence, the student is responsible for obtaining assignments from a classmate or the instructor and for completing any missed work on time.
DISABILITY RESOURCES: It is the policy and practice of Tulsa Community College to create inclusive learning environments. Accommodations for qualifying students in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are available. To request accommodations, contact the Education Access Center (EAC) at email@example.com or call (918) 595-7115 (Voice). Deaf and hard of hearing students may text (918) 809-1864. Institutional Statement
Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the TCC Catalog, TCC Student Handbook, Student Code of Conduct Policy Handbook, and semester information listed in the class schedule. All information may be viewed on the TCC website: www.tulsacc.edu
Academic honesty is highly valued at TCC. You must always submit work that represents your original words or ideas. If any words or ideas used in a class posting or assignment submission do not represent your original words or ideas, you must cite all relevant sources and make clear the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citation include all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. Academic dishonesty or misconduct cases are governed by the Campus Student Rights & Responsibilities Code (see Student Conduct Handbook). Academic dishonesty (cheating) is defined as the deception of others about one’s own work or about the work of another. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:
Submitting another’s work as one’s own or allowing another to submit one’s work a though it were his or hers.
Several people completing an assignment and turning in multiple copies, all represented either implicitly or explicitly as individual work.
Failing to contribute an equal share in group assignments or projects while claiming equal credit for the work.
Using a textbook, notes, or technology tools during an examination without permission of the instructor.
Receiving or giving unauthorized help on assignments.
Stealing a problem solution or assessment answers from a teacher or other student.
Tampering with experimental data to obtain “desired” results, or creating results for experiments not done.
Creating results for observations or interviews that were not done.
Obtaining an unfair advantage by gaining or providing access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the instructor.
Tampering with or destroying the work of others.
Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit or honors more than once without permission of the present instructor.
Lying about these or other academic matters.
Falsifying college records, forms or other documents.
Accessing computer systems or files without authorization.
Deliberate plagiarism is claiming, indicating or implying that the ideas, sentences, or words of another writer are your own. It includes having another writer do work claimed to by our own, copying the work of another and presenting it as your own. Accidental plagiarism is the handling of quotations and paraphrases without a deliberate attempt to deceive. It includes failing to mark the beginning of paraphrases, failing to get away from the language of the original text when paraphrasing, failing to mark quotations with properly placed quotation marks and failing to properly identify the source of a quotation or paraphrase. At the instructor’s discretion, a student whose paper contains accidental plagiarism may have the opportunity to rewrite the paper with a reduction in grade.
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned or tolerated at campuses within the Tulsa Community College system. Tulsa Community College adopts a policy delegating certain forms of authority for disciplinary action to the faculty. Such disciplinary actions delegated to the faculty include, but are not limited to, the dismissal of disrespectful or disorderly students from classes. In the case of academic dishonesty a faculty member may:
Require the student to redo an assignment or test, or require the student to complete a substitute assignment or test.
Record a "zero" for the assignment or test in question.
Recommend to the student that the student withdraw from the class, or administratively withdraw the student from the class.
Record a grade of "F" for the student at the end of the semester. Faculty may request that disciplinary action be taken against a student at the administrative level by submitting such request to the Dean of Student Services.
Tests, Make-up Test & Late Assignment Policy
For tests, you may use your text, notes, handouts and any other source to answer the questions. Make-up tests will be allowed only when the student demonstrates a compelling reason for not being able to take the test on the assigned date. Make-up tests must be completed within 3 days of the scheduled test date and will not be the same one given in class. Make-up tests will be given at a time agreed upon by student and instructor. In-class assignments must be completed in-class on the date indicated--No make-up of this assignment for any reason.
80-89% =B (484-544 points) Less than 60% =F (>362 points)
70-79% =C (423-483 points)
REMINDER: More than 4 class absences will be considered excessive and result in a failing course grade no matter what your point total. SYLLABUS CHANGES: Occasionally, changes to the syllabus may be necessary. Students will be notified of any changes to the syllabus in writing.
SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS Following are the reading assignments for each class period and the topics covered. MAKE SURE TO READ ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO THE CLASS so you will be prepared to participate in class discussions. Review maps, charts and material in your text related to the assignment. Make sure to bring your text to each class as we may refer to it from time to time for class discussion purposes. August 20
Introduction to the Course
Read Chapter 1-Political Thinking: Becoming a Responsible Citizen
Read Chapter 2-Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self Government
In-class assignment 1 (must be completed in-class--No make-up of this assignment for any reason.)