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Political Participation, Political Theory, Social Change, Law
B.A. Political Science, UCLA; M.A. Afro American Studies, UCLA; J.D. UC, Hastings College of the Law
Ishmael Tarikh was born in the segregated former capitol of the Confederacy. Shortly after birth he and his family moved to Compton, CA. In 1978 he graduated from Alain Locke Senior High School, a school that was founded in the aftermath of the Watts Rebellion of 1965. That Fall (1978) he enrolled in the University of California at San Diego. After his freshman year of college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
In 1980 Ishmael Tarikh transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, and immediately began a lifetime of “giving back” through community service. He was conferred a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1983. In 1986 Ishmael was conferred a Master of Arts degree in Afro American Studies from UCLA.
In 2001 Ishmael was conferred a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings Ishmael was active in the Black Law Students Association; he directed basketball intramurals; he sat on the Admissions Committee for the Legal Education Opportunity Program (where he was also a T.A.); he was an instructor in “Street Law”; and he was an intern who was certified to practice law at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.
Since law school Ishmael has maintained his personal commitment to community service in the capacities as an Instructor for the Center for Youth Development through Law at Boalt Hall; Coach of McClymonds High School’s Mock Trial Team; and as the Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights’ Bay Area PoliceWatch. It is as an organizer/activist with EBC that Ishmael co-authored successful legislation [Proposition H, passed by the voters of San Francisco in November, 2003] in San Francisco to hold the San Francisco Police Department more accountable for their excesses. During those struggles Ishmael appeared frequently in the media of radio, newsprint, and television interviews. His viewpoints on police accountability have been broadcast throughout the nation, and via AP, Reuters, and the InterNet, they have been noted worldwide.
Ishmael has taught compulsory public education, community college, and has been academically appointed as a Lecturer at the California State University at Chico, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and San Jose State University.
Ishmael is currently the sole proprietor of Tarikh Consulting Services. He has been a consultant for the University of San Francisco Law School’s Street Law Program; the Boalt Police Review Advocates; the June Jordan Small School for Equity; McClymonds High School Mock Trial Team; Making Waves Education Program; Prentice-Hall Publishers; and the Educational Testing Service. He is a published author, a licensed attorney, and is currently a Political Science Instructor at De Anza College in Cupertino.
Classes That I Teach
American Government and Politics
DE ANZA COLLEGE CUPERTINO, CA
This is an introductory course. As such, we will cover a great deal of material, but will not go into the depths that are available to you through more advanced Political Science course offerings. We will lay the basic foundation for understanding the creation, development, and perpetuation of our fundamental political institutions. This will be done with an initial focus on our national government, and a subsequent focus on our state government.
At the outset we will review the historical record of the founding of the American body politic, and will quickly move to a structural (what is the government made of), functional (how does its many parts interact), and practical (what is my role as an individual citizen) analysis. This course will expose enrolled students to the text of the United States and California State Constitutions; the evolution and interpretations of their texts; constitutional principles; key and current events; and finally, to the prospects and possibilities for a more inclusive and democratic society within the set framework.
Political Science 1 fulfills the General Education A.A. degree requirement (Social and Behavioral Sciences) for De Anza College; the General Education Breadth requirement for all California State Universities (CSUs); and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for all CSUs and UCs.
This course is designed for any student who wishes to make a serious study of these issues, and is prepared to do the extensive reading, writing, and research that are course requirements. However, the most important objective will always be the encouragement and development of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.
This course is for four units of academic credit in a lecture format. It adheres to all of the dictates of the promulgated De Anza College and Foothill/De Anza District policies outlined on page 19 (Academic Freedom and Academic Integrity) of the 2016-17 college catalog. Strict adherence will be followed. Please read these passages in the most sober and careful manner. Unlike much of our contemporaneous society, in this course we will agree, disagree, and agree to disagree while maintaining the decorum befitting a fine institution of higher learning.
In most cases, the instructor will develop the subjects of the sessions and place them in proper perspective so that a meaningful discussion can follow among the reader, students, and the instructor. In these required readings, the subject will be viewed from various sides, and a comparison will be made between what the instructor has written, and what was written in the required and general references relating to the subject or event. In this course the student will be required to participate through formal and informal writings (ie. CATALYST postings). The grade the student receives will result from a combination of online participation through postings, writing assignments, study guide submissions, and objective (multiple choice) examinations.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)
SLO 1: Students will evaluate how political decisions are shaped by institutions and processes.
SLO 2: Students will assess the impact of political decisions on individuals and groups.
SLO 3: Students will demonstrate the capacity to effectively participate in the political process.
The Student Success Center offers individual and group tutoring, as well as several types of workshops. Students who use our services succeed at much higher rates than those who do not. As you may know, De Anza now also offers free online tutoring with Smarthinking, available to all students via MyPortal. Need help? Meet with tutors and attend workshops in the Student Success Center: www.deanza.edu/studentsuccess.
Can't make it to campus? Free online tutoring available to all De Anza students. Just login to MyPortal, go to the Students tab, and find the Smarthinking link. You can work with a tutor live (hours vary by subject) or post a question or piece of writing for a response. Smarthinking tutors can also help you with personal statements for transfer! For more information, go to deanza.edu/studentsuccess/onlinetutoring/
There are two required texts:
1) Introduction to American Government – California Edition (custom text) by Turner, C. et al BVT Publishing 2015 ISBN: 978-1-62751-570-2
2) American Government: As It Truly Is by Tarikh, I. Kendall Hunt Publishers 2013 ISBN: 978-1-4652-3202-1.
There are accompanying study guides for the quizzes that can be found at the end of various chapters in the Tarikh text. These are perforated pages that must be completed, and submitted in a timely manner at the end of the academic term. De Anza College Bookstore has agreed to no longer rent the Tarikh text. If you rent the text you will be precluded from meeting the dictates of this course.
In order to receive full G.E. credit (attaining at least a “C” as a final course grade) each student must score over 50% of possible points in every Performance Evaluation/Assessment area.
PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE
1) Participation: 10% = 100 potential points [this requires a minimum 5 postings to CATALYST worth 50%, and submission of completed Study Guides at end of the quarter worth 50%] = 2 distinct Performance Evaluation/Assessment areas.
2) Written Assignments: 45% = 450 potential points [5 assignments worth 90 points each]
3) Objective Examinations: 45% = 450 potential points [5 Quizzes worth 90 points each] – Each Quiz (30 minutes timed) will be comprised of 40 multiple choice items that are largely (though not exclusively) taken from the Study Guides found at the end of chapters in the Tarikh text. Also, many items will be developed from the required readings (regardless of source) in our course.
10% = Participation
45% = Written Assignments
45% = Quizzes
Grading Scale: is an approximation of final grading outcomes. Frequently the final grade is higher than the scaling below, but it is never lower.
A+ = 950-1000 pts A = 900-949 A- = 875-899 B+ = 850-874 B = 800-849
B- = 775-799 C+ = 750-774 C = 675-749 D+ = 650-674
D = 600-649 D- = 575-599 F = below 575 pts
***Please see CATALYST for greater detail of assignments required during this course.***
Grass Roots Democracy: Social Movements Since the 1960s
DE ANZA COLLEGE CUPERTINO, CA
MW: 11:30am-1:20pm Room: L64
Ofc. Hrs: W: 1:30-3:30pm, and by appointment Room: Baldwin Winery #24
Applied and theoretical learning for students of social justice, this course is a comparative survey of protest movements since the 1960s. An introductory, comparative, and interdisciplinary study of African American, Asian American, Mexican American, and white working class social and political struggles from 1960 to the present. The course traces the development of protest movements in response to racial, class, gender, and political inequality in the context of U.S. politics and history. The course critically examines the internal and external factors contributing to the rise and fall of social and political movements with special attention to the conjuncture of ecology, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, class, and sexual orientation in contemporary U.S. politics.
Political Science 16 fulfills the General Education A.A. degree requirement (Social and Behavioral Sciences) for De Anza College; the General Education Breadth requirement (Area D: Social and Behavioral Sciences) for all California State Universities (CSUs); and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) [Area 4: Interdisciplinary, Social and Behavioral Sciences (4G)] for all UCs.
This course is designed for any student who wishes to make a serious study of these issues, and is prepared to do the extensive reading, writing, and research that are course requirements. We will identify and practice major methodologies of social science field research, and investigate key events and experiences of major social protest movements since the 1960’s. However, the most important objective will always be the encouragement and development of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.
This course is four units of academic credit in a lecture/discussion format. It adheres to all of the dictates of the promulgated De Anza College policies outlined on pp. 149-151 of the Fall Schedule of Classes, and found in the current college catalog. Of immense importance and emphasis are the policies attendant to Academic Integrity and Academic Freedom. Strict adherence will be followed. Please read these passages in the most sober and careful manner. Unlike much of our contemporaneous society, in this course we will agree, disagree, and agree to disagree while maintaining the decorum befitting a fine institution of higher learning.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)
The Student Success Center offers individual and group tutoring, as well as several types of workshops. Students who use our services succeed at much higher rates than those who do not. As you may know, De Anza now also offers free online tutoring with Smarthinking, available to all students via MyPortal.
Need help? Meet with tutors and attend workshops in the Student Success Center: www.deanza.edu/studentsuccess.
In most cases, the instructor will develop the subjects of the sessions and place them in proper perspective so that a meaningful discussion can follow among the reader, students, and the instructor. In these discussions, the subject will be viewed from various sides, and a comparison will be made between what the instructor has said and what was written in the required and general references relating to the subject or event. In this course the student will be required to participate in the discussion following the instructor presentation. There will also be group collaborations, and debates. The grade the student receives will result from a combination of class participation, community service, oral presentations, a research paper, and a final examination.
There are no required texts for this course. The readings will be assigned in class, and students will be required to do the necessary research. This research could include readings, film, events, etc.
The required materials for this course will include handouts, videos, and required research. Your attendance is mandatory in order to receive a passing grade. Supplemental reading and research assignments will be given during lecture. Roll will be taken once, during the first 15 minutes of each meeting. If you have 3 consecutive unexcused absences, or excessive absences whether consecutive or not, you will be dropped from the class. However, it is your personal responsibility to see to it that you have removed yourself from the Academic Record through the appropriate administrative channels (ie. Admissions and Records). Electronic devices are not allowed in lecture, except with prior instructor or Disabled Student Services approval. There is a zero tolerance policy for texting during class. The 1st offense is a verbal warning. Repeated offenses will be dealt with through one on one counseling, and ultimately will result in your being dropped from class. Please mute your cell phones before the beginning of our class sessions – they can be tremendously disruptive.
1) Participation = in this segment of the course you are required to engage in the discourse. This can be accomplished through voluntary interjection, or by being called upon to respond to a matter raised either by the instructor, or one of your peers. This will account for a maximum of (100/200 points) of your Participation grade. The remainder (100/200 points) will be accrued through completing Community Service in the form of a Field Research Project. This will account for a maximum of 20% (200/1000 points) of your final grade.
2) Oral Presentations (2) = collaborative, and in class (format to be determined). This will account for a maximum of 20% (200/1000 points) of your final grade.
3) Research Paper = a 4-5 page effort. This will account for a maximum of 30% (300/1000 points) of your final grade.
4) Final Exam = an extemporaneous series of short answer essays. This will account for a maximum of 30% (300/1000 points) of your final grade.
20% = participation
20% = oral presentations (2 total, worth 10% each)
30% = research paper
30% = short answer, final examination
Final Grades will be calculated on a straight grading scale. This means participation is worth 200 possible points; the oral presentations (combined) are worth 200 possible points; the research paper is worth 300 possible points; and the final is worth 300 possible points. The total point possibility is 1000.
A+ = 950-1000 pts A = 900-949 A- = 875-899
B+ = 850-874 B = 800-849 B- = 775-799
C+ = 750-774 C = 675-749 D+ = 650-674
D = 600-649 D- = 575-599 F = below 575 pts
Topic(s) Reading /Assignment
Week 1: 1/9, 11 Introduction/Syllabus/Overview tba (to be announced)
Week 2: 1/18 Forms of Migration “
Week 3: 1/23, 25 Pre Columbian Migration “
Week 4: 1/30, 2/1 European Migration “
Week 5: 2/6, 8 African Migration (forced) tba
Week 6: 2/13, 15 Mexican Migration “
Week 7: 2/22 Asian Migration “
Week 8: 2/27, 3/1 Immigration Policy “
Week 9: 3/6, 8 Media Portrayals through film
Week 10: 3/13, 15 Ideology/Propaganda tba
Week 11: 3/20, 22 Summations
MONDAY, 27 MARCH 2017