DVC Political Science 120 - Introduction to Politics

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Grading Rubric for Research Essays

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Annotated Film Bibliography

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Lecture Outlines:

(August 21) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Study of Politics and Human Nature

Readings
  • Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenship - Bellah
  • The Market As Prison - Lindblom
  • (August 28) Lecture / Discussion Page - Understanding and Critically Analyzing Political Theory

    Readings
  • How Would You Change the Constitution? - Carroll
  • Some Truths Are Not Self-Evident - Zinn
  • (September 11) Lecture / Discussion Page - Our Pre-Modern Heritage - Part I: Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero

    Readings
  • American Exceptionalism and the Politics of Fragmentation - Cohen / Rogers
  • The Greatest Nation On Earth - Jensen
  • (September 18) Lecture / Discussion Page - Our Pre-Modern Heritage - Part II: God, the Bible, Augustine, and Aquinas

    Readings
  • Unequal Struggle - Berg
  • How Corporations Run Congress: A Talk With Ryan Grim - Eskow
  • (September 25) Lecture / Discussion Page - Liberalism

    Readings
  • Have We Been Denying Our Human Nature for Four Hundred Years? - Parramore
  • Presidential Dynasties - Phillips
  • (October 2) Lecture / Discussion Page - Conservatism

    Readings
  • The Supremely Political Court - Parenti
  • Corporations, the Law, and Democracy - Swidorski
  • (October 9) Lecture / Discussion Page - Marxism

    Readings
  • No Easy Answers: James Q. Wilson on Bureaucracy, Crime, and Community - Eggers and O'Leary
  • (October 16) Lecture / Discussion Page - Darwinian Theories and Western Political Thought

    Readings
  • Why Americans Still Don't Vote - Piven / Cloward
  • The Political Compass
  • (October 23) Lecture / Discussion Page - Public Opinion, the Mass Media, and B.F. Skinner

    Readings
  • Democracy and a Free Press - Croteau and Hoynes
  • It's the Media, Stupid - McChesney / Nichols
  • (October 30) Lecture / Discussion Page - Interest Groups and Freud

    Readings
  • After the Deluge: Electoral Reform in the Wake of the Election of 2000 - Guinier
  • Finding the Lost Voters - Sifry
  • (November 6) Lecture / Discussion Page - Political Parties and Sartre

    Readings
  • Why Unions Matter - Bernard
  • Reclaiming the Commons - Klein
  • (November 13) Lecture / Discussion Page - Leadership Dynamics, Executive Offices, Bureaucracies, and Confucius

    Readings
  • Public Policymaking - Anderson
  • Closing the Democracy Gap - Nader
  • (November 20) Lecture / Discussion Page - Legislative and Judicial Systems and Upanishadic Hinduism

    Readings
  • Doing It For Ourselves: Can Feminism Survive Class Polarization? - Ehrenreich
  • Class Inequality and Democracy - Krugman
  • (November 27) Lecture / Discussion Page - International System Theories, Law, and Organizations

    Readings
  • Wars of Terror - Chomsky
  • The Logic of U.S. Intervention - Parenti
  • (December 4) Lecture / Discussion Page - New Directions in Political Science and Important Cognate Fields

    Readings
  • Neo-Patriarchy and the Anti-Homosexual Agenda - Snyder
  • Is Free Speech the Enemy of Democracy? - Sunstein
  • Research Projects and Examinations:

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    Homework Questionaire - The Political Compass Website - Due: October 30, 2017

    1st Journal Responses - Due: October 16, 2017

  • For Lectures One through Seven, please respond to one of the questions from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Question" section. Responses should be approximately one page in length (double-spaced)
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Politics and Human Nature), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Critically Analyzing Political Theory), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (God, the Bible, Augustine, Aquinas), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Liberalism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Conservatism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Marxism), Choose One Question
  • The 2016 Presidential Election: Continuity or Change? - POLSC 120 Research Project - Due: October 16, 2017

    Recent Books for the Research Paper:

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Conservative / Republican)
  • The Political Compass
  • The Rise and Fall of American Political Parties: 1790 - 2000 - Silbey
  • Free Speech Requires Campaign Money - Smith
  • The Republican Party Home Page
  • Conservatives Against Trump - National Review Symposium
  • The View From 1787 - Cost
  • The Continuing Woes of the "Establishment" - Larison
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal / Democrat)
  • The Political Compass
  • How the Little Guy Gets Crunched - Barlett and Steele
  • Dollars and Votes - Clawson
  • The Presidential Spectacle - Miroff
  • The Democratic Party Home Page
  • Can Hillary Clinton Convince Voters They're Not Settling? - Brownstein
  • Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination - Editorial Board - The New York Times
  • Another Neocon Endorses Clinton, Calling Her '2016's Real Conservative' and 'the Candidate of the Status Quo' - Norton
  • Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders - Rappeport
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Critical / Radical / Third Party)
  • The Political Compass
  • The Time is Now: To Defeat Both Trump and Clintonian Neoliberalism - Taylor
  • Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate - Jill 2016
  • Spoiling for a Fight: Third Party Politics in America - Sifry
  • The Limits of Presidential Power - Genovese
  • Democracy for the Few - Parenti
  • Is That A Politician In Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day - Sifry and Watzman
  • Dynasties: How Their Wealth and Power Threaten Democracy - Phillips
  • Clinton and Trump, Fear and Fascism - Moser
  • A Debasing Spectacle: Behind and Beyond the Latest Quadrennial Carnival - Street
  • The (un)Democratic Primary: Why We Need a New Party of the 99% - Sawant
  • The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents - The Real News Network
  • Revolution Is In the Air - Hedges
  • How Sanders Could Lay the Foundation for a Third US Political Party - Gilbert
  • Is Bernie’s ‘Political Revolution’ the Real Thing or a Pathetic Joke? - Lindorff
  • Protesting Trump and Hillary Too - Kimberly
  • Robert Reich Sees the Future: Why America's Two-Party System May Collapse - Reich
  • The Rise of American Authoritarianism - Taub
  • Bernie Sanders' Phantom Movement - Hedges
  • Special Places in Hell: For Madeline, Hillary....and Bernie - Street
  • Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe that Both Parties Are Too Corrupt to Change Anything - Washington's Blog
  • Hillary Clinton’s Populist Charade - Webb
  • The Clintons’ $93 Million Romance with Wall Street: A Catastrophe for Working Families, African-Americans, and Latinos - Behan
  • VIDEO: Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein: The United States' Multi-Organ Failure - Abby Martin with Telesur
  • Why Did the Former Republican Gov. of New Mexico Join the Libertarian Party to Run for President? - Democracy Now!
  • Ordinary Americans Fought Big Money and Won in 2015 - Mason
  • When Plan A Meets Plan B: Talking Politics and Revolution with the Green Party’s Jill Stein - Street
  • Socialist Alternative
  • The Green Party
  • 2nd Journal Responses - Due: December 11, 2017

  • For Lectures Eight through Fifteen, please respond to one of the questions from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Questions" section. Responses should be approximately one page in length (double-spaced)
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Darwinian Theories), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Public Opinion, Mass Media, Skinner), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Interest Groups and Freud), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Political Parties and Sartre), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Leadership and Confucius), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Legislative Systems and Hinduism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (International System Theories), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (New Directions in Poli Sci), Choose One Question
  • Readings, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for Political Science 120 Students!

    UNCOUNTED: The True Story of the California Primary - Wake Up California!

    Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens - Gilens and Page

    The Crisis of Democracy - The Trilateral Commission (1973)

    The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) - Reclaim Democracy!

    A Century of War - RT Documentary

    Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us

    The Lie We Live [Smart Kid - A Nice Wake-Up Call] - Spencer Cathcart

    Understanding Marxism and Socialism with Richard Wolff

    War Is A Racket - Major General Smedley Butler

    Four Horsemen - Documentary (Great Stuff! Check This Out!)

    Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary

    Wondering About the Origins of ISIS? (You'd Better Buckle Your Seatbelts for This One)

    Capitalism Never Solves Its Crises; It Moves Them Around Geographically - RSAnimate

    Two American Families - Frontline Documentary

    We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim - Lawrence Lessig on TED

    Global Wealth Inequality: What You Never Knew You Never Knew - therules.org

    Wealth Inequality in America - therules.org

    Park Ave: Wealth, Poverty, and the American Dream - Documentary

    Shadows of Liberty - Documentary (Mass Media)

    Plutocracy in America - Brenner

    The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats - Stauber

    Rick Wolff: A Cure for Capitalism (Worker Self-Directed Enterprises!)

    Consent Without Consent: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Democracy - Chomsky

    Obamacare: A Deception - Roberts

    The Purchase of Our Republic - Falkson

    Searching for Steele: James Steele, America's Mystery Man in Iraq - BBC / Guardian Documentary

    The Crisis of Civilization - Documentary

    Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Class War Films

    Political Fraud - Class War Films

    Financial Crime - Class War Films

    Military Cancer - Class War Films

    Imperial Decay - Class War Films

    Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis - Documentary

    What Democracy? The Case for Abolishing the United States Senate - Rosenfeld

    Making Every Vote Count: The Case for Proportional Representation - Amy

    Ignoble Liars: Leo Strauss, George Bush, and the Philosophy of Mass Deception - Shorris

    Barack Hoover Obama: The Best and the Brightest Blow It Again - Baker

    The Great American Bubble Machine - Taibbi

    Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? - Taibbi

    Empire Under Obama: Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target - Marshall

    Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!

    Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!

    The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea

    The Final Word from My Two Favorite Comedians of All Time on "The Big Question"