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Winter 2015 Syllabus for POLI-D001.-65Z
POLI-D001.-65Z - Nicholas Yuen
Call Number: 00904
Term: Summer 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 elites 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
Welcome! This is an introductory class on the U.S. political system. You'll learn not just about how the system works, but how you can think critically and act effectively as a citizen participant in this process. It's an important and exciting time in the world. There are big issues at stake, perhaps bigger than at any other time in the history of the human species. The speed and effects of technological change combined with reach of the global economy present us with important opportunities and grave dangers. We hope through this class you will be inspired to action and that you'll learn how to make this action effective.

TWO Class Websites: For this class you will not only be using De Anza’s “Catalyst” course management website, but also my own class “www.nypolisci.org” website where I host pages for all of my classes. You will gain access to the Catalyst website once the summer term begins. In the meanwhile, you have access to almost all of the class logistical details at my www.nypolisci.org website.

The URL for my summer 2014 POLI 1 class is:

When visiting my nypolisci.org website be sure you are always on the SUMMER web page. The syllabus for the summer class has several different pages you should read and be familiar with. You will have a syllabus quiz due by the first Wednesday of the summer term (July 2) which you will take on Catalyst.
Please read the class syllabus for details about specific learning goals and how the course operates. Specifically, make sure you read:
o Overview and Learning Goals
o Required Reading
o Grading & Assignments
o Turning In Work
o Hands-on Learning
o Extra Credit

Then also review the class calendar. Keep in mind there are only 6 weeks in the accelerated summer term, but that the calendar on nypolisci.org has 12 units. This is because you will complete two units each week.

ORIENTATION: I will also hold a face-to-face in person 2-hour introductory orientation at De Anza on Monday June 30 from 6:30-9:30 in the new MLC building, Room 105. While this is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. I am also offering 25 bonus participation points for your attendance. It will be a great opportunity to meet your fellow Poli 1 students, get a head start on points, and discuss what is expected of you during this summer Poli 1 class.

I hope you will enjoy the class. Please be in touch with me with any questions or concerns you have.
I can be reached at YuenNicky@fhda.edu.

Nicky González Yuen, Ph.D, JD

Instructor, Political Science Dept.

De Anza College
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.
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Distance Learning
Building: MLC 250
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Last Updated: 9/5/13