Honors | Political Science
Y103 | 3544 | Wright-barbour


Since we can't escape from politics in our lives, we might as well learn
to appreciate and enjoy it. In this class we explore American politics:
its rules (the Constitution), its participants (individual voters,
parties, interest groups and the media), and its product (social, economic
and foreign policy). We not only cover the facts of American politics, we
also focus on becoming informed critics and intelligent consumers of the
daily barrage of news from the media.
This course has two lectures and one discussion section a week. Every
third Friday, there is a quiz worth 10% of the final grade; otherwise,
Friday lecture sessions do not meet. Other requirements include two very
short essays, attendance and participation in the discussion section, and
a final exam. Optional feature-length movies are shown at night for extra
credit. Readings average 50 pages of textbook per week and a daily
newspaper of your choice.
This course is designed for non-majors, beginning majors, and people
considering becoming political science majors.