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Course description[edit]

American Political Systems is an analysis of the American political system, emphasizing the federal system and government at the national level. This course studies national governmental institutions' activities, functions and methods of organizing resources and making policy. Emphasis is on political participation by an informed public.


Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Instructor
Marc Thomas
Campus Ambassadors
Christopher Cheney, Anna Pauline Chlopecki
Online Ambassadors
Mike Christie

Timeline[edit]

Wikipedia Essentials & Editing Basics[edit]

In class

POLS 120 – Wikipedia Project Guidelines[edit]

First Steps:

  1. Create a Wikipedia user account (use LCC TUID)
  2. Sign into our Wikipedia course page: wp:USEDmarctho
  3. Enter your Wikipedia user name into the Articles and Students sections of this Wikipedia course page
  4. Send a message to Chris, Anna, Marc, and Mike Christie that you signed into the course page.

Assignment: Introduction [up to 10 points][edit]

Due Monday, September 19 Write a paragraph on your Wikipedia user page. Tell the world something about you and info on your project topic. Use good grammar and spelling, which will set the tone for the edits and articles you post throughout the semester.

Assignment: Minor Edit [Up to 20 points for each of two edits][edit]

To get started, edit an existing Wikipedia article in a small way – either within your group’s course Learning Outcome topic or in another political science topic. Find an article online that needs fixing -- either more complete information, correction of errors, or additional references. Each contribution should be about one paragraph (at least 30 words but probably not more than 200 words) and include a corresponding citation.

Monday, September 26 – first entry due
Monday, October 3 – second entry due

Here examples of political science articles that need some work. If you do some searching yourself, you will find additional topics that need help.

Assignment: Major Edit [Up to 150 points total][edit]

This is the meat of your project and will involve editing or adding articles about the Course Learning Outcomes you and your group have selected. You should record these major edits in the Articles section of our Wikipedia course page.

Due Monday, October 24 You should have researched and written at least 500 words of information that are contributed online to Wikipedia. This may include substantial edits or additions to an existing Wikipedia article, or the development of a new article. This information should be well-written and peer-reviewed (your group members should offer feedback before you post)

Due Monday, November 28 You should have researched and written at least 1000 words of information that are contributed online to Wikipedia. This may include substantial edits or additions to an existing Wikipedia article, or the development of a new article. This information should be well-written and peer-reviewed (your group members should offer feedback before you post)

Monday, December 5 Class Presentation on the project from each group.

Articles[edit]

Just a few quick reminders for when choosing an article (for the main project) to work on:

  • The article you pick should be relevant to the class.
  • The article should also be a page that is lacking a lot of information and not a page that is fairly complete (ie: Presidency looks like a good pick since it is lacking a lot of information, but say the article on the President of the United States would not be a good pick as it is already relatively complete).
  • That being said outside of the main project, please feel free to edit any article, but be aware it is easier to add information to a subject that is lacking, than to add new information to a relatively complete article.
User Article 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer
User:Richal13 Recall election open open
User:Slocumm1 Sexual harassment open open
User:B.Davis21 Recall election open open
User: Annisr1 Presidency open open
User:mckay11 US Constitution open open
User:caseydud Politics and Pop Culture In the United States open open
User:HurthC1 Politics and Pop Culture In the United States open open
User:musserc LGBT rights in Michigan open open
User: Leekse Brown vs. Board of Education open open
User:johnsc74 Politics and Pop Culture In the United States open open
User:Racel1 Civil Liberties open open
User:RichterJ22 Victimless crime open open
User:Stebba Civil Liberties open open
User:Rosst6 Freedom of information legislation open open
User:Swopem1 Recall Election open open
User:MoneC Freedom of information legislation open open
User:dewittr3 Presidency open open
User:neitzs Affirmative action open open
User:Hieftjet Presidency open open
User:Chaveza4 Presidency open open
User:Mottea Gun laws in the United States (by state) open open
User:ARadigan Initiatives and referendums in the United States open open
User:Nur101 Voting rights in the United States open open
User:hohmanni Jim Crow laws open open



Article banners

To mark each article the subject of a student project, add the following code at the top of the talk page for each article: {{ WAP assignment | course = Wikipedia:United States Education Program/Courses/American Political Systems (Marc Thomas) | university = Lansing Community College | term = 2011 Q3 | project = WikiProject United States Government }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):

Grading[edit]

See Timeline

Students[edit]

Add your username to the list here using the format for Example User below: