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Winter 2015 Syllabus for POLI-D001.-63Z
POLI-D001.-63Z - Nicholas Yuen
Call Number: 01821
Term: Winter 2014
4 units
Critical examination of the historical and contemporary struggle for the development of democratic political institutions in the United States at the state, local, and national levels. Particular emphasis given to the conflict between traditional elite’s versus historically disenfranchised social groups (women, people of color, and workers) in the conduct of U.S. political life.
Instructor Information: Nicholas Yuen
Email: yuennicky@fhda.edu
Hi there!

You are either registered or wait listed for my Distance Learning POLI 1 class at De Anza for the winter term.


There will be two primary websites you will use for this class.

First is De Anza's Catalyst website which will be available to you starting the first day of class. Catalyst is DeAnza's version of the popular "Moodle" on-line learning tool.

Second, you will be using my own website which is not hosted by De Anza: www.nypolisci.org

As you will quickly see on www.nypolisci, there are various menu tabs you can navigate through on the website. You should be using the tab for the Distance Learning POLI 1

Here are relevant URLs for you to use:

* The overview page: http://nypolisci.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134&Itemid=210

* The main link for the syllabus: http://nypolisci.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=144&Itemid=211

* Week 1 Assignment page: http://nypolisci.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=201&Itemid=225

* Week 2 Assignment page: http://nypolisci.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=204&Itemid=227

* Required Readings page: http://nypolisci.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=143&Itemid=212

As you will see: You have a weekly Reading Quiz that is due by 10:30 AM on Mondays (submit on Catalyst) and a weekly written homework "Question of the Week" which is due on by 11:30 AM on Mondays (submitted on www.turnitin.com). The first reading quiz (due Monday Jan 13 at 10:30) will cover readings from both Week 1 and Week 2 Assigned Mandatory Readings.

I encourage you to order your books for the class now if you have not already done so.

* Katznelson, Kesselman, and Draper, The Politics of Power, 7th edition (WW Norton, 2013) Note: This is a BRAND NEW EDITION published in July of 2013. Yes, get this one.
* Lester Brown, Plan B, 4.0 (WW Norton & Company, 2009)- this book can be accessed fully on line or you can order it through this website.

In the meanwhile, I invite you to get started with some of the week 1 activities.

*Join the Facebook page for all of my POLI 1 classes for the winter term. This is open to all students taking poll 1 with me both online and face-to-face classes. https://www.facebook.com/groups/229456320565582/ After you sign up, make an introductory post and then take a screen shot which you can post on Catalyst for week 1.

* You can also set up your turnitin.com account. Directions here: http://nypolisci.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=139&Itemid=214

* Get going on the reading for week 1 and week 2: http://nypolisci.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=201&Itemid=225

On the Assigned Reading page you will also see some audio links you can often use if this is an easier way for you to access your readings.

Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, PhD, JD
Chair, De Anza College Political Science Dept.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/ to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455

Distance Learning
Building: MLC 250
Email: distance@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8969

Last Updated: 9/5/13