Political Science 37, Spring 2009
Ms. Holland, email@example.com
(818) 710-4494, ext. 5265
Office Hours: TTh 9:30-10am, MW 10-11am @ Village 8343, & by appt.
Course Description: This course is the sociological study of power, politics, and the state. In political sociology, students will examine the interrelation of politics and society by combining sociological analysis with analyses of political structure and political processes. Emphasis is placed on political sociological theories, elites and masses, the state, globalization, nationalism and social movements, media and interest groups, social and political institutions, capitalism, corporatism, and status.
Domhoff, G. William (GD), Who Rules America? 5th Edition
Parenti, Michael (MP), Democracy For the Few, 8th Edition
Both textbooks are on the reserve shelf in the Library.
Website: All readings and extra credit assignments are found at this website address: . http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/hollandk/
Recommended (any one of the following): New York Times, Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, NPR, KPFK
Week 1: Topic: The Study of Politics: Theories, & Models of Politics.
Readings: MP Chapters 1-4
Week 2: Topic: The Study of Politics: Political Socialization and Social Class.
Readings: GD Chapter 1
Week 3: Topic: Political Interaction: Interest Groups & Lobbyists Readings: GD Chapter 5
Week 4: Topic: The Media in Politics.
Readings: MP Chapter 13
Week 5: Topic: Political Parties & Elections.
Readings: GD Chapter 6, MP Chapter 14
Week 6: Topic: The Corporate Community
Readings: GD Chapters 2-3, MP Chapter 5
Week 7: Topic: Corporate Community, cont.
Films: Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room
Week 8: Spring Break
Week 9: Topic: Think Tanks
Readings: GD Chapter 4
Week 10: Topic: Policy-Making: Congress & the Presidency
Readings: GD Chapter 7, MP Chapters 15-16
Week 11: Topic: Policy-Making, Bureaucracy & the Courts
Readings: MP Chapter 6, 8, 10, 17, 18
Week 12: Topic: The National Security/Military Industrial Complex
Readings: MP Chapters 7, 11-12
Week 13: Topic: Alternatives to the Elites
Readings: GD Chapter 8, MP Chapter 19
Week 14: Topic: Globalization
Readings: MP Chapter 9
Week 15: Topic: The Nation-State in the Modern World
Week 16: Final Exam: Please refer to the Final Exam Schedule in the Schedule of Classes.
Grades are determined by your performance on one Term Paper, one Midterm exam (100 points) and on the Final Exam (100 points). The exams are based on textbook readings and lectures, in essay format. There are NO make-ups for missed exams. Any student caught cheating will automatically fail the course.
The grading scale below is absolute and not based on a curve.
Midterm/Term Paper: A=90-100 B=80-89 C=60-79 D=50-59 F= Below 50
Final Exam: A=90-100 B=80-89 C=60-79 D=50-59 F= Below 50
Final Grade: A= 270-300 B=240-269 C=180-239 D=150-179 F= Below 150
2. The use of electronic devices, including electronic dictionaries, is strictly forbidden during exams. It is considered to be a form of cheating.
3. Lectures may be recorded only with the permission of instructor.
4. Textbooks need not be brought to class.
5. Beverages (Coffee, tea, water, etc) are allowed during class, and please throw any trash into the wastebaskets.
6. Please be on time to class. We have a lot of material to cover and we need to maximize every moment. If you must be absent from class, get the notes from your fellow classmates. Moreover, it is okay to share, and have study groups!
SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT
Worth 25 extra-credit points.
In order to earn those 25 points toward your final grade in
Political Science 1 or 19, students are required
to enroll in Service Learning 1 or Service Learning 2 with Prof.
*Prof. Dawson will visit with a list of specific projects and the add slips necessary for enrollment.