Essay on Social/Behavioral Science Curriculum: Dona Ana Community College

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Department of Arts and Humanities

Mr. John L. Wingard|Office Location: Adjunct faculty| |Home Phone:575 541 1566|
Office Hours :As needed|
Pre- and/or Co-requisites:None|

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND RATIONALE: GOVT 100G is a New Mexico General Education Common Core, Area Social/Behavioral Science course. GOVT 100G is a New Mexico General Education Common Core, Area Social/Behavioral Science course. It is a 3 credit hour course guaranteed to transfer and meet general education requirements at any public New Mexico college or university. General education courses at NMSU/DACC can be identified by the G suffix. Find out how this course fits into your NMSU bachelor degree by consulting with your academic advisor or the academic department at NMSU that offers the degree. For more information contact the DACC Academic Advising Center at (575)528-7272.
The Course addresses American National Government and it’s three branches, legislative, executive, and judicial. This is a fundamental course in the Government/Political Science academic discipline area. Students will need to be prepared to participate, read and summarize, and write utilizing APA style. Students will be prepared to more fully understand and participate in all areas of national government.

COURSE TEXT AND MATERIALS: Harrison and Harris, A More Perfect Union ;Inquiry and Analysis, McGraw-Hill, Copyright 2011.
-Review, orally summarize, and submit six news articles (no more than 7 days old) on current national government topics during the semester. Reputable sources include but are not limited to , , ,AP wire service, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and utilization of search engines such as Google and Bing. Sign and submit at end of class for proper credit.


Students will be able to:
-Identify, describe, and explain how human behaviors are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.
-Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.
-Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.
-Apply knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

TOPICAL OUTLINE: Topics covered include but are not limited to the Constitution, key Supreme Court decisions ,Federalism, Civil Liberties and Rights, Political Socialization, Interest Groups, Political Parties, Elections, Media, Congress, Presidency, Judiciary,; Economic ,Foreign, and Domestic Policy, and the Bureaucracy.

1.The successful student will comprehend the origins and evolution of the American political culture.
-Describe the constitutional foundations of American government.
-Understand the basic concepts of federalism
-Understand the concepts of civil liberties and civil rights in a multicultural society
2.The successful student will recognize the various means of citizen participation in a democratic and multicultural society.
-Understand the growth of democratic institutions, political parties, interest groups, public opinion and voting
-Define political culture and demonstrate an awareness of the sources of political culture
-Describe the traditional role of political parties
-Describe and evaluate the role of the media
3.The successful student will understand the structure and processes of the U.S. government
-Demonstrate an understanding of how the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches operates, including roles and checks and balances
4.The successful student will be familiar with basic domestic/foreign policy issues facing American society