POLS Learning Objectives
Core Objectives. The Four Core Objectives related to this course are: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility. By the end of the semester the course will have met these objectives:
- By having the students engage in critical thinking activities related to the Constitution, the political and philosophical foundations of the nation, governmental institutions, and political behavior.
- By having students engage in written, verbal, or visual activities related to the Constitution, the political and philosophical foundations of the nation, governmental institutions, and political behavior.
- By having students engage in course related activities that connect personal responsibility and political ideology to encourage ethical decision making
- By having students engage in course related activities that connect social responsibility to civil rights, civil liberties, and to voting and voting behavior, and the policy making process.
Self-Assessment: On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is highly self-aware and 1 is no self-awareness, answer the following questions:
- I know the local political issues in the city where I live.
- I understand how my past experience colors the way I look at political issues.
- I have a personal set of ethical standards that I hold myself to.
- I comprehend how my religious orientation affects the way I look at political issues.
- I do research to help inform my personal ethical standards.
- I recognize that my community influences the way I view state and national issues.
- I understand how my emotions play a role in my view of political issues.
- I search out my assumptions about political issues and challenge them regularly.
- I comprehend how my personal goals affect the way I see political issues.
- I understand both the privileges and discrimination against me I have in my life.
Why is Self-Awareness on Political Topics Important?
Look up research information from 3 different major news outlets on your assigned event. Answer the following questions:
- What "facts" did each news source give about the event?
- What adjectives were used to describe the event/people?
- What action did the news source encourage the reader to take?
- Do you see one news source that seems to do true fact reporting versus another?
1. Families Belong Together Rally June 2018
2. Texas Violated Special Education Laws Jan 2018
3. Operation Secure Texas
4. Race for Senate in Texas
5. Texas Gun Laws