Welcome to American Government (POLS 100)
This is a course designed for majors in the Department of Political Science at University of South Dakota
I use an online Google Docs "Coursepack" where students are provided the syllabus as well as the full semester of notes and activities.
The traditional Coursepack (Spring 2020) includes the syllabus, course schedule, and links to readings. Also weekly assignments, in-class activities (ca. 1/week), and tools for the semester-long Civic Engagement project (see my JPSE article: "Left to Their Own Devices: A Student-Centered Approach to Civic Engagement)
The new Coursepack (Spring 2021) is designed for a "flipped classroom," primarily providing structure for students to select their own readings and build their own lessons for class in response to current events. The new syllabus also allows for an in-class simulation using Statecraft U.S. Gov't Lite.
Feel free to use any of these tools for your own courses, but consider giving credit when appropriate
CLASS ACTIVITIES & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS
Sen. John Thune visits class Fall 2019
The "How a Bill Becomes a Law" board game
Food Insecurity Team tabling in the MUC
Vermillion proclaims "Plastic Straw Free Day"
MMIW Team presents at the Public Service Colloquium
"Pinning Down the Constitution" activity