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Political Science

THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM  - Section Code: PEDW9650
The American Political System continues to attract, and even scare, people around the world. The Internet stores an endless collection of resources about the American system. Some of these resources are informative, others critical, many designed by, and for, educators to help students understand the American political system. This course will bring a sample of the various resources to your computer so that you can begin to use them as part of your lesson plan for your students. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

THE EUROPEAN UNION  - Section Code: PEDW9651
The European Union (EU) is, in historical terms, a relatively new entity. Most people do not realize it has a long history that dates back decades of moving from concept to reality. This course will provide students with a variety of research resources to learn about the scope, history, and functions of the EU. Discover the EU organizational structure that includes such things as the legal, economic, and social issues that affected its development. These issues, and others, continue to challenge those who are attempting to tie European nations together into a unified entity. Learn to access and read the specific documents that formed the EU and continue to make it function. Explore external organizations, both in and outside of Europe, that try to influence relationships between nations of the world. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

THE EVOLVING AMERICAN SOCIALISM  - Section Code: PEDW9652
Study the natural evolution of more advanced democratic societies where government provides more and more support for specific segments of that society who are deemed in need. This process frequently leads to economic collapse of the government when it can no longer support the system. The United States began as a simple society with individuals taking care of their own needs. Over the centuries government and growth and the needs of society have been perceived to increase and change. Those who “don’t have” demand, and vote politicians into office, who will meet those needs. This increases the tax burden and those with investment money begin to invest in other nations. When this happens, a downward spiral begins. This course does not attempt to make a judgment about the “right or wrong” of the process, but looks at the issue from different perspectives so teachers can provide their students with quality information. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

US GOVERNMENT  - Section Code: PEDW9653
The American government system is dynamic - always changing and always controversial. Teaching the basic concepts and keeping current with the latest developments on the political scene is a challenge. This course will provide Internet links to assist teachers, guiding them to a variety of informational resources on how the government works and instructional strategies to help their students understand the process. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.