Government and Politics"
Course Conducted on-line; two recorded modules each
week (generally recorded on Fridays).
|Instructor: Mark E. Tompkins|| Office:
328 Gambrell Hall
||Mondays and Wednesdays (3:35 - 5:00)
Tuesdays (2:30 - 4:30)
|This course is designed to examine the government
and politics of South Carolina in an active learning
environment. The course will be conduced on-line
-- this year the course will begin building toward a
revised format but will necessarily rely in important
ways on existing resources. There will
generally be two modules presented each week, covering
the usual meeting times for a course at this
level. (Note that Graduate Students will be
required to complete additional work, commensurate with
graduate level requirements.)
Lectures and more formal reading materials will draw on the South Carolina Governance Project in Civic Education as well as various other resources which are available in various formats.
The course will also explicitly draw on comparative materials – comparing and contrasting institutions of governance and public policies in this state with other states in the U.S. (both similar states and others, with very different characteristics).
You can expect some of the content in the course to evolve in response to unfolding events.ou ca
|Course Objectives:||The course will provide students with an
understanding of contemporary government and politics in
South Carolina. The course’s presentation will be
designed to take advantage of our proximity to the state
capital and contemporary issues and concerns to
incorporate a more active and contemporary learning
environment into the course. Students will investigate
the major institutions of government – both the major
branches of state government (executive,legislative and
courts) and its bureaucracies, as well as the other
institutions of government in thestate operating at the
local level. Students will also learn more about the
role played by other public actors, such as the media
and interest groups, in shaping public life in the
In other words:
Students will learn the essential characteristics of major South Carolina political institutions,
... they will critically analyze the role of each institution in contributing to good governance,
... they will hear from some current and recent leaders in the state’s major political institutions in discussing contemporary issues in South Carolina (an unfolding process this semester),
... they will enhance their skills at written communication through the preparation of a major reflective essay, a final summative essay, and three short papers, involving critical feedback on each, and
... they will develop a better understanding of the relative performance and the comparative arrangement of major institutions between South Carolina and other states of the U.S.
|Grades in the course will be based on
five assignments and participation:
|Course Resources:||Most of the assigned course readings will come
from the South Carolina Governance Project in Civic
Education. The primary book for the course will be Government
in South Carolina, Charlie B. Tyer, ed. (Columbia,
S.C.: University of South Carolina Institute for
Public Service and Public Policy Research, 2002).
Some additional materials will be provided in class.
A link to SCIWAY -- a page with many relevant links to S.C. resources.
A link to a SCIWAY page with S.C. Government resources on it.