DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL
RELATIONS Posc 150
TRENDS IN AMERICAN POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
1. Overview of course administration
2. Issues inAmerican government and politics
II. THE COURSE:
1. What you absolutely must do.
1. Read the syllabus carefully.
2. Attend class regularly
3. Subscribe to the New York Times (or at least keep up with current
4. Meet deadlines
2. Class periods are devoted interpretations ofAmerican government and
1. It is not a systematic review of the parts ofAmerican government.
1. Main “texts”:
i. Elizabeth Drew, The Corruption ofAmerican Politics
ii. Robert Heilbroner and Lester Thurow, Economics Explained
iii. Web readings in the “Cyber Reserve Room”
2. Independent reading:
i. Robert Tucker, May God Have Mercy
ii. The New York Times
3. You’ll always be told where to be in the reading.
D. Current Events
1. Please! Purchase a subscription to the New York Times from the Newsstand on Main
Street. (Near Rainbow Records.)
E. Web site and e-mail.
1. If you don’t pick up something, lose it, or just want a copy get it at
2. Review questions are not included. You have to come to class for those.
III. ISSUES IN AMERICAN POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
1. ä The role of government in society.
1. How much government is necessary and desirable.
2. September 11 and recent elections
2. ä Building and maintaining democracy.
1. èDemocracy means government “by” the people.
i. People in general, not just some of them, must be able to make
Class 1 Trends in American Po