Read this FIRST, your status in this class may be impacted:
- This is an online course - all assignments, quizzes and exams will be performed from a computer with an appropriate
browser, connected to the internet (broadband [CABLE/DSL] recommended).
- No attendance is required or scheduled on campus, unless you choose to visit with the instructor during his on campus
office hours and/or review your quizzes and exams at the Distance Learning Center (there of course will also be virtual
instructor/student, student/instructor contact available).
- ENROLLED STUDENTS: The linked Syllabus and all other information specific to this course will be found on the
course website site - you can only gain access IF you are enrolled. Whether enrolled (or just interested), you may go to the
following URL for instructions on how to access the virtual classroom and also view additional information @ http://deanza.edu/faculty/heffnerscott/Poli_01_DL_Online_Class.html
- WAIT LISTED STUDENTS: For the last two-years and due to the popularity of this course, I have not
accepted any adds. However, Admissions and Records does establish a Wait List where students on this list,
automatically move into an enrolled slot when enrolled students drop BEFORE the quarter begins - I do not accept ADDS
once the quarter starts. Getting on the Wait List is the next best position you can be in if not enrolled - you may want to
also access the above URL for additional information.
About the Course
Political Science 1, American Government, and Politics, is the introductory course to the discipline of Political Science and will mostly concentrate on how the American political system (as well as state and local governments) operate from an "institutional"
Political Science, as all disciplines (economics, biology, etc.) has its own distinctive language and an appreciation for and a basic understanding of 'things political', will greatly assist the student learner in comprehending the sometimes peculiar and abstract concepts and principles related to the study of government in general and the specifics assigned to American
government and its local governing schemes.
As a distance learning student, it is imperative you understand the process and requirements very early on in the quarter (or summer session).
Additional and in depth introductory materials will be accessible once you log in to Catalyst.
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week using and studying the course materials.