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GOVT 331 : Current Issues in America

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Current Issues in America
This is a course in selected political-economic issues of national and international importance. It includes extensive use of journals, magazines and newspapers to supplement lectures and discussions.

This is an upper level elective course designed to give the student an appreciation of current problem and programs in world affairs which affect U.S. interests. It should strengthen research, writing and presentation skills and assist students in understanding contemporary issues in their historical context.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Explain contemporary political, military, social and economic issues of national and international importance.

2. Relate current issues to long-term policies and interests of the United States in its world relations.

3. Evaluate current issues with special reference to the role of government and citizens' rights and responsibilities.

4. Analyze U.S. posture, goals, and policies, by selective reading and research.

5. Make judgments and decisions in the knowledge of related events in contemporary affairs.

6. Construct effective written documents for technical and non-technical audiences.

7. Conduct and report research accurately and in accordance with profession standards.

8. Understand some of the historical and contemporary issues that affect societies. 9.Recognize the complexity of human experience from a variety of perspectives, for example, cultural, aesthetic, social, technological, scientific, psychological, philosophical and historical. Recognize the complexity of human experience from a variety of perspectives, for example, cultural, aesthetic, social, technological, scientific, psychological, philosophical and historical.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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1. Jordan, Terry L., The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It, Oak Hill Publishing Co., 2003. ISBN: 189174300-7. (or similar reference on the U.S. Constitution) 2. Hacker, D., A Writer's Reference, 5th Edition, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003. ISBN: 0-312-39767-4 (or similar writer’s reference) 3. In case of a requirement to study individual State constitutions, consult an appropriate reference regarding that specific State Constitution. As has frequently happened, an updated or expanded edition of the textbook may be issued by the publisher during the 2015-2016 academic year. This expanded edition, usually incorporates two additional issues, while retaining the same issues in the basic edition. These issues should be compatible with this course guide and can be used in all modalities of this course.

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Robert A. Hall, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Tommy Walter, Ed.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
1-14 Worldwide College of Arts and Sciences PO1 - Apply knowledge of college level mathematics to defining and solving problems;
PO2 - Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions relating to the solutions of problems;
PO3 - Communicate ideas in written form in both technical and non-technical areas;
PO4 - Communicate ideas in non-written form, such as through oral presentations or visual media;
PO5 - Recognize the importance of professional, ethical and social responsibility;
PO6 - Understand the natural world, to include the impact of the environment on aerospace operations and aerospace operations on the environment, as well as everyday life and professional experiences;
PO7 - Use digitally-enabled technology to organize and manipulate data, perform calculations, aid in solving problems, and communicate solutions, ideas, and concepts;
PO8 - Use scientific information in critical thinking and decision-making processes;
PO9 - Function on multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary teams;
PO10 - Apply economic principles to identify, formulate, and solve problems within professional and personal environments;
PO11 - Identify and participate in professional and personal development activities through organizations and self-directed learning;
PO12 - Understand contemporary issues in society
PO13 - Recognize the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions;
PO14 - Conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.
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