Course Content and Outcome Guide for PS 111

Course Number:
PS 111
Course Title:
Skills and Issues
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Course Description

Designed to deepen understanding of PS 201 or PS 202. Includes interactive tutorials, student skills building exercises, and community-based projects. Co-requisite: PS 201 or PS 202. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Credit from this course does not qualify of general education purposes at Portland Community College
but may be applied toward satisfying Associate Degrees at Portland Community College as an elective.
Courses with three digit numbers may be transferable to four year colleges and universities. Students
should consult with a PCC Academic Advisor and/or other institutions regarding transferability and the
application of credit to other institutions.

Intended Outcomes for the course

 * improve understanding of "U.S/ Government" course concepts and content, while concurrently
    enrolled in a regular 4-credit PS 201 "U.S. Government: Foundations and Principles" or PS 202 "U.S. Government: Institutions and Policies" courses at PCC.
 * increase performance levels on course exams and assignments associated with PS 201 or PS 202 courses
    taught by various instructors at PCC.
 * develop critical thinking skills which a) recognize the relationship of political experience to political
    empowerment, b) appreciate the contribution of diverse groups and ideas to politics in the U.S.,
    and c) include making personal value judgments to evaluate political relationships and their
    impacts on society.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

some combination of the following:
 * exams consisting of essay or other methods that integrates and requires application of concepts,
    themes, and issues in the PS 201 course.
 * written assignments such as papers, reviews, or journals that demonstrate understanding of PS
    201 course content as it relates to students' experiences and value judgments.
 * oral presentations, discussions, debates, or role-playing that articulate views and values relating to
     concepts and issues appropriate to PS 201.
 * projects where students can identify resources that provide political information and make use of
    this information to evaluate political processes and identify participatory strategies.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues: the same as are outlined in the PS 201 CCOG.
Competencies and Skills: the same as are outlined in the PS 201 CCOG.
Approved Texts:  No text beyond that used in PS 201 need be required for this course.
Faculty Qualifications:
Minimum of an M.A. in Political Science, with both experience teaching the PS 201 course at PCC and
familiarity with other faculty teaching PS 201 at PCC (as evidenced by attendance at scheduled PS SAC
Meetings). Consultation with full-time continuous contract Political science SAC faculty regarding part-
time faculty hiring decisions is expected as a matter of basic professional courtesy.