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POSC 202
Kellogg Community College
                                           Social Science Department
 Political Science (POSC) 202

INSTRUCTOR- Jonathan Williams (Jon)
Phone- 965 - 3931 x 2229

Course Information


Kellogg Community College

Course Number

POSC 202

Section Number

All Sections



Contact Hours



Jonathan (Jon) Williams

E-mail Address

Course/Faculty Website


SB 139 (Social Science Department)


Battle Creek


450 North Avenue


Battle Creek, MI 49017

Office Phone

269-965-3931 ext. 2229 FAX: 269-966-4086

Meeting Times/Location

Location: Battle Creek
See Current Semester Course Offerings for information

This course is designed to empower the student by offering an understanding of the state and local system of their American Government, how those systems work, and where students might inject themselves into the process to gain better control over their government. Heavy emphasis is placed upon the Michigan Legislature and the State Institutions. In addition to gaining an understanding of our state and local systems of government, this course covers the form and functions of our national government and incorporates the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. POSC 202 satisfies Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 388.372, Sec. 2, regarding the granting of baccalaureate degrees. 


ACCUPLACER reading score of 60, or a "C" in TSRE 55.


No textbooks required. Students will request of a copy of “The Student’s Guide to the Legislative Process” AND “The Michigan State Constitution (1963)” for their specified elected official.

Kellogg Community College General Education Standards:

To promote excellence in achievement and to provide each student a solid foundation of critical thinking, communication, creativity, global awareness, and healthy living skills, students need to take a variety of general education courses in order to earn a KCC degree. This course meets the ‘Global Awareness’ standards for KCC general education. To learn more about general education requirements, please read the KCC Catalog.


General Education-Global Awareness:

Evaluate knowledge of the implications of being a citizen in a global community.


Global Awareness Outcomes:

1. Identify the meaning of cultural diversity in the global community.


2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic terms relating to citizenship in the global community.


3. Integrate knowledge of historical, geographical and/or political perspectives relating to citizenship in the global community.

4. Integrate knowledge of cultural, social and/or economic perspectives relating to citizenship in the global community.

5. Compare and contrast cultures and ethnic groups relating to citizenship in the global community





Course Outcomes (Competencies):



Evaluate the rationale behind the Federal System of Government (National and State/Local structure).




Analyze the meaning of "politics", "Democracy", and our "Representative Democracy".




Compare/Contrast the state and local government with the national government.




Analyze how one's ideologies are formed and how they impact government at the state and local levels.




Validate the role of political parties in state/local government.





Assess one's ability to shape public policy at the state/local level through one's interest groups/party affiliation/voting.



Identify and contact the local and state officials representing them directly.




Analyze how the branches interact (and remain separate) from one another.




Compare and contrast simulations of catastrophic events that would cause the structures and institutions of state and local governments to breakdown, and one’s ability to cope with such a change.




Grading Information:









60% of the Course Grade shall be determined via PARTICIPATION/SUMMARIES as outlined above.

40% of the Course Grade shall be determined via the average of the 3 TEST scores.

Tests are multiple choice/short answer, multi-question, written exams, scored on a 100pt/100% scale.


Grade Determination:

 100%-94= A        93-88= A-             87-84= B+            83-80= B               79-76= B-

 75-73= C+            72-70= C               69-67= C-             66-64= D+            63-62 = D

 61-60= D-             Below 60= F




Attendance: Regular attendance is an essential part of your educational experience and a requirement for an adequate evaluation of your academic progress. You are expected to attend all classes. It is your responsibility to learn what you missed during an absence. The instructor may withdraw you from the course when excessive class absence has prohibited successful completion of the course. Refer to the college catalog for more information on absences and administratively initiated withdrawals.



TWO (2) un-discussed absences will lower your final grade by 5% (or points).

THREE (3) un-discussed absences will lower your final grade by 10% (or points).

MORE THAN THREE (3+) un-discussed absences could initiate the "excessive absences report" process and may lead to administrative withdraw.


RATIONALE- Competently learning the American system of government is the responsibility of the student.  Competently explaining the American system of government is the responsibility of the POSC instructor.  If either the student or the instructor is negligent in their individual responsibility, then the time spent in POSC 202 is both wasted and worthless.  Therefore, it is required that you attend each class, and in turn I will make the course worth your time.






Incomplete Grade Policy:
The grade of "I" may be awarded only when the instructor has determined that illness, unavoidable absence, or extenuating circumstances will prevent you from completing all course requirements. At a minimum, you must have completed a majority of the coursework and have a passing grade at the time you request the "I" from your instructor. Remaining course requirements must be completed within one calendar year of the end of the semester in which the "I" grade was assigned. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor issuing the grade for completion of the remaining course requirements. If the course requirements are not completed, the "I" grade will remain on your academic record.




Academic Integrity:
The Kellogg Community College policy on academic integrity is included in the student handbook. If it is suspected that you are cheating, fabricating, facilitating academic dishonesty, or plagiarizing, there may be serious consequences. The incident will be documented and reported to the academic chair and/or program director for possible disciplinary actions up to and including course, program, or college expulsion. A violation of this policy will be included as a permanent part of a student's record.


Student Email:
You are responsible for checking your college e-mail account regularly. The College uses the e-mail system to communicate important messages regarding your courses and other services such as Financial Aid. Information on how to access your e-mail account is available at


Course Withdrawal Policy:
If you drop a class during the refund period, your academic record will not be affected. If you withdraw after the refund period and before the last date to withdraw, a grade of "W" is placed on your transcript. If you withdraw after the last date to withdraw for a grade of "W", the grade earned (usually "F") is placed on your transcript. The decision to withdraw from a course can have a significant impact on your financial aid and your academic record. For financial aid purposes a "W" is treated the same as the grade of "F". Be sure to read the course withdrawal policy in the college catalog and contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on how this decision will affect your financial aid award.

The last day to drop for a refund and the last date to withdraw for a grade of "W" can be found at Click on "Class Schedule" (located just above the web portal icon on the main page), or on "schedules" (located in the lower right hand corner of every web page). Locate the course you are enrolled in and click on the hyperlink for the course title. The dates are listed in the section information detail.


The Bridge:
You can drop-in to The Bridge (on the Battle Creek Campus) to receive help in any subject matter or program area. Specialized help is available in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Learning Strategies. If you need additional help, you may request a tutor in The Bridge or submit a request online at: Tutoring services are dependent upon locating a qualified tutor for the course.


Professional Standards:
Kellogg Community College students are expected to model the skills and behaviors of working professionals. This includes maintaining confidentiality, oral and written communication skills, and courtesy. You may be withdrawn from any course when it has been determined that your behavior has been disruptive or detrimental to the learning environment.

Confidentiality: Some courses may place you in a position of trust with access to privileged information. You are expected to not divulge information that was disclosed in a relationship of trust.

Oral Communications:
Some of the material in this course will touch on sensitive subjects. Always speak and listen to others, including your instructor, in a respectful way.

Written Communications:
All written correspondence and assignments will use college level writing skills in regards to spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity of content. This includes e-mails, forums, and other electronic communication. It also includes journals, essays, and any other written assignment.

Courtesy to Peers:
Be courteous to your peers. While posting online: Post on time and be respectful of your peers. In a face to face course, arrive on time and stay for the entire class period. Put your cell phone on mute and be sure it is not visible to anyone, including you. If you must take or return an emergency call, please go out in the hall to do so.

Face to face courses Using personal electronic devices inappropriately hinders instruction and learning, not only for the student using the device but also for other students in the class. Texting, surfing the internet, listening to music and other activities not conducive to learning are prohibited. Notify the instructor if you are using an electronic device to access an electronic textbook. Ask for the instructor's permission before recording any portion of the class.

Drinks and snacks, not complete meals, may be brought into the classroom. Please make sure your drink has a secure lid. Clean up any mess you make.

Children cannot attend class. Child care reimbursement services are available to qualifying students. Call 269-965-4150 for more information, or contact the Support Services Department.




Honors Contract Option: Please contact the instructor within the first two weeks of class if you are enrolled in the Honors Program and interested in requesting an honors contract for this class. The Honors Program has a minimum grade requirement to be accepted. If you are not currently enrolled in the Honors Program, but are interested in becoming an honors student, visit the honors webpage at: or contact Student Life to see if you qualify.


Retain this Syllabus:
This syllabus is a record of learning outcomes associated with this course. Many institutions will require a copy of this syllabus to grant you transfer credit. It is your responsibility to retain a copy for future use.


American with Disabilities and Section 504 Section: Kellogg Community College does not discriminate in the admission or treatment of students on the basis of disability. The College is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Support Services Department is responsible for the coordination of services for students with disabilities. You may contact the office at 269-965-4150 to make arrangements to supply the Department with appropriate documentation.


Syllabus Disclaimer:
Information contained in this syllabus was, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed for use at the beginning of the semester. However, this syllabus should not be considered a contract between Kellogg Community College and any student, nor between the instructor and any student. The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Kellogg Community College, to make changes in course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.


Use of Technology:
The College has a variety of computer systems which are provided for the use of students and are to be used for education, research, academic development, and public service only. You are responsible for seeing that the computing facilities are used in an effective, efficient, ethical, and lawful manner. Computer systems, such as e-mail, are intended for college related activities only. Inappropriate messages and/or materials are not to be sent or stored. Read more about the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy at

You are responsible for checking your college e-mail account regularly. The College uses the e-mail system to communicate important messages regarding your courses and other services such as Financial Aid. Information on how to access your e-mail account is available at


Contingency Plan: It is advised that each student have a contingency plan in case that technology fails. If something happens to your computer or to a disc storing information, do you have a backup plan such as going to a friend's house, going to a public library, using a computer on KCC campus, saving a hard copy, saving to another source? You are responsible for the due dates in the course even if your technology fails.


Communication: Communication is important to encourage a successful experience in this course. You can expect me to return your emails typically within 48 hours. I make every attempt to grade papers and return them to you within a week's time. If grading will take longer, I notify you in advance.


Mode of Instruction: This course will incorporate a variety of learning experiences. Lectures, class discussions, large and small group work, and oral and written assignments will be used to enhance and reinforce textbook readings. Guest speakers, videos, hands-on learning activities and field trips may also be used to support textbook theory and practice.



Schedule: Please see website for Calendar of the Course.





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