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Course Code: POLS497 Course ID: 3771 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Analyses of specific issues addressed at the national level that would include a review of American political institutions and decision-making; policymaking in the economic, social, and security arenas; instruments of foreign and defense policy; federalism and democratic political theories; and the electoral process. This capstone course will provide students with the opportunity to complete an approved academic research exercise that demonstrates their knowledge of their selected field of study. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 105 hours towards your program)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
04/26/2021 - 10/01/2021 10/04/2021 - 11/28/2021 October Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/2021 - 10/29/2021 11/01/2021 - 12/26/2021 November Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2021 - 12/03/2021 12/06/2021 - 01/30/2022 December Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/2021 - 02/04/2022 02/07/2022 - 04/03/2022 February Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives:
CO-1: Implement appropriate methods of research and analysis in the field of political science.
CO-2: Evaluate the political elements of representative democracy.
CO-3: Evaluate the Supreme Court and interpretation process of the Constitution.
CO-4: Analyze contemporary issues in public policy.
CO-5: Explain lobbying in the democratic process.

Submission of Assignments:
Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are due by Sunday evening at 11:55 p.m. ET (Eastern Time) as outlined in the course outline below. Any assignments submitted late will receive a late penalty per the School of Security and Global Studies late submission policy, unless the student contacts the instructor ahead of time about an extenuating situation and receives permission to submit work after the established course deadline. Repeated late submissions may result in failure of the course.

Discussions:
Though there is no single time all students must be signed into the course, this class is not an independent study course. Students will work through each week together. Students will post one well developed response to the instructor’s prompt for the each graded discussion and reply to posts left by other students in order for the assignment to be considered complete. See the discussion guidelines and rubric found in each graded discussion for more details on scoring.

Keep in mind these tips for success:
1) Posting the minimum requirements guarantee a passing grade of a C or higher (A, B, or C). Please do not expect scores of 100% simply because minimum expectations were met regardless of the quality of work. Students are expected to be engaged in the discussion throughout the week. Posting all in one sitting does not show engagement, nor does posting at the end of the week. Every student should have the main response posted in the forum by each Friday of the week no later than 11:55 pm ET.
2) Quality and content will also be taken into consideration. Engaging in an active dialogue with other students means more than a limited exchange of a few words, but rather posting conversations that further the debate for all sides. Postings that give peer review, praise, or add simple agreement without explanation are not counted towards the assignment minimum.
3) Students should always follow up to posts that ask for clarification or more information regarding their original posts.
4) Always include the resources used and use correct citation rules. This includes in text documentation as well as a listing of sources used.
5) Posting opinions and antidotal evidence are not prohibited in your replies to classmates, but it does not offer any substantive or scholarly evidential support. Also, double check your supporting facts with a second source. Wikipedia and other encyclopedia sources do not serve as academic sources.
6) Posts are insightful, well-thought out, considerate of other points-of-view, reflective of high levels of critical thinking.

Course Objectives:
CO-1: Implement appropriate methods of research and analysis in the field of political science.
CO-2: Evaluate the political elements of representative democracy.
CO-3: Evaluate the Supreme Court and interpretation process of the Constitution.
CO-4: Analyze contemporary issues in public policy.
CO-5: Explain lobbying in the democratic process.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.