UNION COUNTY COLLEGE
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
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Schmidt, Steffen W., Mack C. Shelley II, and Barbara A. Bardes,
American Government and
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All students at Union County College are expected to become "information literate" before they graduate and all college-credit courses are expected to have an information literacy component.
Sophomore-level (200-level) courses have traditionally had a
term paper requirement, which, indirectly, stimulates information literacy
through the research process. This course, GOV 201, has had a term paper
requirement for the past thirty years, which continues. Given the renewed
emphasis on information literacy, this course will, however, make the research
aspect of doing a term paper more explicit. See the section on Terms
Papers below on what is required.
Term Selection of Topic is Due: Tuesday, September 15
Annotated Bibliography is Due: Tuesday, October 6
Term Paper is Due: Tuesday, December 1
I: The American System. Schmidt, Chapters 1 & 2
II: State and Local Politics in a Federal System Schmidt, Chapter 19 & 3
FIRST HOURLY EXAMINATION: Tuesday, October 13
III: Political Socialization, Public Opinion,
IV: The Media and Political Parties
SECOND HOURLY EXAMINATION: Tuesday, November 24
V: Campaigns and Elections Schmidt, Chapters 9 and 10
FINAL EXAMINATION: THE FINAL EXAM IS GIVEN DURING THE FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD STARTING DECEMBER 14.
THE FINAL EXAM HAS BOTH OBJECTIVE AND MULTIPLE CHOICE PARTS. IT IS COMPREHENSIVE. THE ESSAY PART EMPHASIZES MATERIAL COVERED SINCE THE SECOND HOURLY EXAMINATION.
HOURLY EXAMS -- 40%
Annotated Bibliography -- 10%
TERM PAPER -- 20%
ATTENDANCE AND QUIZZES -- 10%
FINAL EXAM -- 20%
COURSE GRADE - 100%
TERM PAPER INFORMATION
TERM PAPER: This course requires a research paper, 12 - 20 pages in length, typed with footnotes and a bibliography using the Turabian format. Please submit an original paper copy and a second photocopy or electronic copy. The original must be a paper copy. It will be returned with comments only if a second copy was received. Otherwise, the copy will be retained by the instructor. If only one copy of your paper is received, it will be graded but not returned. Electronic copies by themselves are not acceptable.
TERM PAPER TOPIC:
This semester our term paper topic is to do a Town Profile. Pick one of the local communities in Union County, preferably where you live, and do a 12 to 20 page term paper on that community. There are 21 communities in Union County and our County Government. Pick one of them for your term paper.
The following sections should be included in your paper
Your topic MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE by the instructor. One topic per student.
PICK A TOPIC: DUE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: USING THE OUTLINE ABOVE, CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR EACH OF THE TOPICS ABOVE. ANNOTATE EACH ENTRY. DUE DATE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
Annotation. A brief summary of two or three sentences should describe the content of each of the bibliographic entries. Who wrote the article? Whose Web site are you using? Include the library where you did the research and the library call numbers of the resource in your annotation.
Bibliography. A listing of materials used or consulted in writing a research paper. Different formats for doing bibliographies exist. You must use the Turabian format also known as the Chicago Manual on Style. [The MLA or APA formats are NOT acceptable.]
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Pages for more information.
TERM PAPER DUE DATE: Thursday, December 1, 2009
PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a deadly sin and will lead you straight to hell. It is defined in the Student Handbook. It can easily be avoided by using quotation marks or paraphrasing AND then footnoting (giving credit) to the source of the information. Please guard against this kind of cheating.
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