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?

Confirmation Bias

What is media bias?

The Chart

Group Activity:

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?

Groups:

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