APGOV Course Schedule (2010/2011)

 

Semester 2

Be working on your Legislation Research project! Click HERE for the assignment!

Policy Units Jan 5-28

At the end of 2 of the 3 policy units, you will write a 3-5 page position paper on that policy arena. Write as though you are a policy advisor to the president. Choose 2-3 major points of contention regarding the policy arena and give your informed opinion about what policy postion the administration should take.

Environmental and Energy Policy -- Essential Questions = What current policy principle seems to guide America's approach to energy and the environment? What policy principle should guide the approach America takes towards energy and the enviornment?

January 5: View our Documentary

January 7:

January 11: Finish Film : Food, Inc. and Discuss Giffords shooting

Jan 13: Discuss Film and Define Public Policy

Jan 18: You will have a number and this number corresponds with the first 7 topics on the EPA's "Learn the Issues" website. Peruse your issue and be prepared to report to the class on the policies and principles promoted by the EPA.

Go to the Department of Energy website and learn about the history of energy in the United States. The US uses considerable sources for energy...learn a bit about each (skim these sections) and read the
"US Outlook" section carefully.

 

Foreign Policy -- Essential Questions = What should be the primary focii for American foreign policy? What should be the goals of America's diplomacy? When should the US use military force?

January 20th: Poll Day (3 polls) Sam C., Michael, Bev

January 24: On-line articles linked at PB Works

Submit Piece of Legislation for approval from DB

Economy/Welfare Policy -- Essential Questions = Should the federal government stimulate the economy through high finance, try to alleveiate poverty through public works, or a combination of the two? What should be the policy principle of the Ameican federal government toward economic development...create more wealth making opportunities for the haves or more subsistence opportunities for the have nots? "Free market" capitalism where government isn't involved at all isn't an option here (since it has never existed).

 

Jan 26th: POLLS ) Nate, Josh, Nicole, Lauren PLEASE POST BY Monday!

January 28: Economic Policy lecture and discussion of Time Magazine's Person of the Year Ben Bernanke

 

Feb 1st: Economic Policy lecture and discussion of Time Magazine's Person of the Year Ben Bernanke

Feb 3: Readings on Reaganomics: ALL "The Contemporary American Banking Crisis in Historical Perspective" by Michael A. Bernstein The Journal of American History, Vol. 80, No. 4 (Mar., 1994), pp. 1382-1396 (in JSTOR)

AND EITHER

From 1981 -- Time Magazine AND NYT discussion of supply side economics in 2008 campaign

OR

NYT article on George W. Bush and Supply Side Economics AND this NYT analysis of supply side economics

 

Feb 7: Research Day for Legislation Project No Reading

February 9:  Your Research Project Prospectus including annotated source list DUE In class workshop

Proposal should include:

An introduction to your piece of legislation and the issue more broadly, a description of sources and the interviews/outreach you intend to do, a tentative plan for how to organize your paper (sections, focus, etc.). This is due via google doc which we will look at during your presentation in workshop.

Introduction to The Judiciary and Discussions of Rights and Obligations

Feb 11: Finish Workshop

Feb 15: Polls: Andie, Keely, Jacob

Feb 17th: Research Day -- really be working...outlines due on the 23rd!

Feb. 21: Poll Day (4 polls) Christine, Sam S., Steffi and organize Constitutional Law unit

Feb 23rd: Work Day OUTLINES DUE!!!

Rodeo Break – Yee hah!!Bucking Horse

LIST of Docket Assignments (not in use in 2011)

Constitutional Law Assignment

March 1: Intro to the Judiciary --

Reread Hudson Chpt 2 and the following:

Interpose Your Friendly Hand linked on PB Works "On-Line Readings" page

The History of the Supreme Court

The Court Defines Itself

The Court Today

Begin Supreme Court Cases -- To find the written transcript of each case click on the link to Douglas Linder's Constitutional Law Site. To understand both the break down of the justices decision and to hear oral arguments you should ALSO use oyez.org to round out the historical context and specifics of the justices' decisions. Just go to Oyez and type in the title of the case in the search box!

March 3: First Docket of Cases -- Speech

Student Speech = Group 1

Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Community School District  (1969)
Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986)
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988)
Morse v Frederick (2007)

 

March 7: Second Docket of Cases -- Privacy

 

Abortion = Group 2

Griswold v Connecticut (1965)

Roe v. Wade (1973)
Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992)

Searches Group 3
New Jersey vs T. L. O.
Vernonia vs. Acton 
Board of Education v Earls 

 

March 9: Fourth Docket of Cases -- Gay Rights and more Privacy

Gay Rights Group 4
Bowers v. Hardwick (1986)
Romer v. Evans (1996)
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000)
Lawrence v Texas (2003)

Privacy Beyond Griswold Group 1
Meyer v Nebraska (1923) --
Stanley v Georgia (1969) --
Kelley v Johnson (1976) --
Cruzan v. Missouri Dep't. of Health (1990)
Lawrence v Texas (2003) --

March 14: FINISH GAY RIGHTS AND THEN Work Day

March 16: Fifth Docket of Cases 14th Amendment and Equal Protection

Privacy Beyond Griswold Group 1
Meyer v Nebraska (1923) --
Stanley v Georgia (1969) --
Kelley v Johnson (1976) --
Cruzan v. Missouri Dep't. of Health (1990)
Lawrence v Texas (2003) --

Equal Protection = Group 2

Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)
Brown v Board of Ed. (Brown II)(1955)

Affirmative Action = Group 3


Bakke v. Regents, Univ. of California (1978)
this one or Grutter are best role plays! Adarand isn't all that great!
Grutter v Bollinger (2003)
Adarand Constructors v Pena (1995)

March 18: Sixth Docket of Cases -- Presidential Power and National Security (scroll down) and rough drafts of papers due to your readers

Reading Partners:

Sam Chinn will read Josh

Sam Chinn will read Michael's paper

Michael will read Sam Chinn's paper

Michael will read Steffi's Paper

Bev will read Steff's Paper

Bev will read Nicole's Paper

Christine will read Andie's Paper

Christine will read Keely

Abri will read Keely

Abri will read Andie

Keely will read Abri

Keely will read Bev

Lauren will read Sam S.

Laruen will read Jacob

Jacob will read Lauren

Jacob will read Abri

Andie will read Christine

Andie will read Bev

Sam S. will read Nate

Sam S. will read Jacob

Nate will read Sam Chinn

Nate will read Josh

Steffi will read Michael

Steffi will read Christine

Nicole will read Lauren

Nicole will read Sam S.

Josh will read Nate

Josh will read Nicole

You must bring 2 hard copies of your rough draft for your readers. Readers -- in one week you must read, edit, and comment upon the TWO papers you are reading! In addition to a hard copy with edits and margin comments, you must also share with your authors a sheet of narrative feedback. Your feedback should include at least the following:

A section explaining what you think the research question is and what the author's conclusions are.

A section explaining the strengths of the paper and the project.

A section offering critiques of the paper -- Some things to looks for:

What information isn't clear? What evidence is missing to truly support the thesis/premise of the paper? Is the writing beautiful and organization clear? Are the author's conclusions interesting and well supported? Does the paper show in-depth and original research?

FINISH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

AND

National Security and Presidential Power Group 4 and Dr. Berry to help! :~)

Schenck v. United States (1919)
Abrams v. United States (1919)
Gitlow v. People of New York (1925)

Korematsu v. US (1944)



Ex Parte Milligan (1866)

Hamdi v Rumsfeld (2004)

United States v Nixon (1974)
Clinton v Jones (1997)

March 22: Work Day

(you should be incorporating feedback from your readers from now until April 1 when the Cleaner Rough Draft is due to Dr. Berry in HARD COPY)!

March 24: Second Workshop for Research Projects -- Everyone's feedback due to friends in Google Doc. You will give your feedback to your authors in this workshop -- so the readers are in the hot seat here!

In addition to a hard copy with edits and margin comments, you must also share with your authors a sheet of narrative feedback. Your feedback should include the following:

A section explaining what you think the research question is and what the author's conclusions are.

A section explaining the strengths of the paper and the project.

A section offering critiques of the paper -- Some things to looks for:

What information isn't clear? What evidence is missing to truly support the thesis/premise of the paper? Is the writing beautiful and organization clear? Are the author's conclusions interesting and well supported? Does the paper show in-depth and original research?

March 28: Second Workshop for Research projects

March 30th: Work Day

April 1st: Poll Day (3 polls) Not-so-Rough Drafts of Research papers DUE to Dr. Berry at the end of day -- in HARD COPY!

 

Happy Spring BreakFlowers

 April 11: Rough Drafts returned from Dr. Berry

April 13: Project presentations begin (see posted presentation rubric on homepage)

April 15: Work day -- sub unfortunately)

April 19: Project Presentations -- your choice

April 21:Finish Presentations

April 26: : Final Papers due end of day April 26th. NO final exam! But I do want you to fill out a course evaluation when you turn in your paper! :~)

Congratulations – you Made it!

ALL Roe v. Wade and Woll Documents 26, 68-70

New York Times v. Sullivan
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris

Buckley v. Valeo

Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee v. Federal Election Commission

Federal Election Commission v. Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee           
Senator Mtich McConnell, et al v. Federal Election Commission

 

Extras for 2011

Hate Speech = Group 2 --

Hustler Magazine v. Falwell (1988)
American Booksellers v. Hudnut (1986)
Wisconsin v. Mitchell (1993)
Virginia v. Black (2003)

Federalism Cases

Term Limits


U. S. Term Limits v Thorton (1995)--
Cook v Gralike (2001) --

Electoral College (NOT IN 2011)

Bush v. Palm Beach County (2000) --
Bush v. Gore (2000) --