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San Antonio College · - · GOVT-Political Science/Govt

Academic Cooperative

  • Full Term Fall 2018
  • Section 001.32555
  • 3-1-6 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/15/2018
  • Modified 09/04/2018

Course Syllabus

Government 2389


Congratulations on deciding to enroll in the Political Science Department's Internship course.

What this course is about:

Internships provide both paid and unpaid, on-the-job experiences for Political Science majors.  These positions range from staff positions with campaigns, political office holders at all levels of government and community organizations and agencies. This course, while structured, provides the student intern an opportunity to apply the theoretical classroom knowledge gained with the real world of policy and policymaking  by working with any number of individuals, stakeholders and organizations that directly make policies or influence how and what government does.

What you will Gain!

  • Work experience in your field! 
  • The prospects of applying what you learned in the classroom!
  • The chance to network, meeting people that employ Political Science majors!
  • The possibility of learning more about the bodies that shape your community and the services it receives.
  • Practical skills to add to your résumé!

Department of Political Science
3 Credit Hours
Prof. C Woodward Kaupert
Office: Chance Academic Bldg (CAC 217 C )  Tel: 210.486.1108 
Email: [email protected]  but please email me inside Canvas.
My office hours for spring are MW 7.30 - 11.30  am
                                                 TTH:  7.30 - 8.30 am

I am not available on Fridays.
I have other appointment times available but you should email to request one.

I. Catalog Description:

This course will integrate on-campus classroom study with practical hands-on work experience in the student’s major field of study.  The student, the student’s supervisor, and the faculty coordinator will establish specific goals for the student to accomplish. This course requires a minimum of SEVEN practical experience hours per week over 12 weeks (84 hours).

II. Prerequisite:

GOVT 2305/2306 and Advisor approval

III. Text:

There will be no textbook used, but academic journal articles will be used to integrate theory with the practicum.  These will be provided to the student in PDF format under the Assignments tab in Canvas.  A critical analysis ( a template is provided) of the author(s)’ thesis should be presented as well as discussion of specific points.  Counter arguments should be included, challenging the author(s)’ thesis and positions by the student. The summary should be turned in to Canvas and will be graded. 

IV. Instruction will consist of:

Guided discussions based upon relevant assigned readings and the internship experience.  Interns must meet with me the last WEDNESDAY of each month at any time between 8.30 am and 1.00 pm to discuss progress in the internship.

V. Course Content:

Course content is dependent on the student’s internship selection.  Possible topical areas include:

  • Legislative/Congressional Representation at the  National, State and Local levels

  • Interest Groups: The means by which they organize and participate in the shaping of the political agenda.

  • Political Parties:  The means by which they organize and participate in the shaping of the political agenda

  • Bureaucracy:  The function and scope of agencies at the local, state and national levels

  • Political Attitudes and Behavior: How the body politic is socialized politically to participate in the American Democracy.

VI. Learning Outcomes and Performance Objectives:

The purpose of the internship experience is to provide students with the opportunity to integrate the theoretical underpinnings of Political Science with workplace learning.  Performance objectives are explained in the Grading policy.

VII. Course Requirements and Grade Computation:

Grades are based on a weekly journal that will be discussed during seminar, summaries of readings and a final employer evaluation.

       Grading Policy:

  • Weekly e-journal (15%): The weekly e-journal is a record of the internship experience.  It includes the details of the projects you work on, meetings or events you attended, and your reflection about each day’s experiences.  It should be 4-5 paragraphs and should handled as it if were a "diary" entry for each day you worked in the office or participated in some function for the office.  The journal is to be submitted in Canvas no later than each Saturday.

  • Summaries of readings (20%) This is the type-written summary/analysis of the assigned readings contained in the reading packet that is available on this website.  You will choose (or be assigned) three articles in consultation with me that will complement your internship experience (one per month beginning in September and ending in December.)  These article reviews are due on the LAST WEDNESDAY of each month and should be submitted through Canvas under Assignments.

  • Employer Evaluation (35%) This consists of an evaluation by your office supervisor that examines your performance including aspects such as initiative, punctuality, dependability, and ability to complete tasks/projects.  As a Political Science intern, students will be representing SAC and the department. Accepting an internship is a commitment--a commitment to fulfilling the required hours in a professional manner and should be treated as a real job.. Students who are selected for an internship and perform poorly may be terminated by their intern agency or by the intern coordinator and will receive a failing grade for the course. Bear in mind that t

  • Internship Report (30%) The internship report is a report of what you learned and accomplished in your internship. The report is an academic paper that describes what you had hoped to learn as well as what you accomplished in the internship.  Your report is to be rooted in the pertinent literature for the area in which your employer is located (i.e., an elected official’s office occupies a position within the campaign and elections literature; a non-profit organization occupies a position in the literature relating to non-profits). The report is to contain a literature review section and bibliography.  You should have at least 4 major sources such as books and articles from academic journals.  Daily news articles or internet web sources may be used in addition to the 4 major sources.   

Your final grade is based on the total percentage that you earn on the weighted assignments.

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


Course Summary:

Sun Sep 16, 2018
 Ejournal 1 due by 11:59pm
Sun Sep 23, 2018
 Ejournal 2 due by 11:59pm
Wed Sep 26, 2018
 Article Review 1 due by 5pm
Sun Sep 30, 2018
 Ejournal 3 due by 11:59pm
Sun Oct 7, 2018
 Ejournal 4 due by 11:59pm
Sun Oct 14, 2018
 Ejournal 5 due by 11:59pm
Sun Oct 21, 2018
 Ejournal 6 due by 11:59pm
Sun Oct 28, 2018
 Ejournal 7 due by 11:59pm
Wed Oct 31, 2018
 Article Review 2 due by 5pm
Sun Nov 4, 2018
 Ejournal 8 due by 11:59pm
Sun Nov 11, 2018
 Ejournal 9 due by 11:59pm
Sun Nov 18, 2018
 Ejournal 10 due by 11:59pm
Sun Nov 25, 2018
 Ejournal 11 due by 11:59pm
Wed Nov 28, 2018
 Article Review 3 due by 5pm
Sun Dec 2, 2018
 Supervisor's Evaluation due by 5pm
 Final Intern Report due by 11:59pm
 EJournal 12 due by 11:59pm
 My Personal Phone number  
 Resume Template

Meeting Times

This course is supervised by Prof. Kaupert.  You will meet with her (physically) the last Wed. of each month (unless other arrangements are made). Appointments are scheduled in advance on a first-response basis.

Contact Information

Department of Public Policy and Services
Chair: Oscar Ruiz
Chance Academic Center (CAC) 238B  210.486.1313

Program Coordinator: Prof. C Woodward Kaupert
Chance Academic Center (CAC) 217C  210.486.1008   


An instructional program designed to integrate on-campus study with hands-on experience in government. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of human social behavior and/or social institutions.


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The purpose of the internship experience is to provide students with the opportunity to integrate the theoretical underpinnings of Political Science with workplace learning.  Performance objectives are explained in the Grading policy.



  • Weekly e-journal (15%)

  • Summaries of readings (20%) 

  • Employer Evaluation (35%) 

  • Internship Report (30%) 

Your final grade is based on the weighted average earned

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


Course content is dependent on the student’s internship selection.  Possible topical areas include:

  • Legislative/Congressional Representation at the  National, State and Local levels

  • Interest Groups: The means by which they organize and participate in the shaping of the political agenda.

  • Political Parties:  The means by which they organize and participate in the shaping of the political agenda

  • Bureaucracy:  The function and scope of agencies at the local, state and national levels

  • Political Attitudes and Behavior: How the body politic is socialized politically to participate in the American Democracy.

Additional Items

Instructor of Record:  Prof. Christy Woodward Kaupert (Profk)

Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

Student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets, and beginning Fall 2014, students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting or contact the instructor will be dropped. Students should verify the drop is completed.

For fully online courses, an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day.

Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

 Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors may drop a student for excessive absences or for online classes non-participation as defined by assigned work not being turned in during the course of a week. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi.  Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor as soon as possible. To officially withdraw from the class, a withdrawal request must be submitted in ACES via the “student course withdrawal” link. Contact your instructor, advisor, or the Admissions and Records office if guidance is needed.

Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a “student course withdrawal” request in ACES.

B. Early Alert and Intervention

Alamo College instructors care about students’ success in every course.  During the semester, students may receive alert emails through the ACES account regarding their progress and ultimate success in a course.  Upon receipt of the email, students are to contact the course instructor to discuss specific tasks or actions to improve success in this course.  In addition, students will also need to meet with their Certified Advisor.  Discussions with faculty and Certified Advisors allows the student to identify actions that will help to successfully complete course requirements at the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District.

C. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges District Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges District learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.

In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges District provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

  1. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
  2. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by deadlines;
  4. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
  5. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

  1. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
  2. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and assistance requests;
  4. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
  5. Check the Alamo Colleges District’s Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
  6. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

  1. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
  2. Read and follow all syllabi;
  3. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
  4. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
  5. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
  6. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
  7. Devote sufficient time for studying;
  8. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
  9. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
  10. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
  11. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

  1. Maintain accurate and complete degree/certificate major selection and contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact;
  2. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
  3. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
  4. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
  5. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
  6. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
  7. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).

D.  Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

E. Licensed Concealed Campus Carry

No open carry of firearms is allowed on all property owned, controlled, or leased by the College District, including vehicles operated by the Alamo Colleges District. Concealed carry of a handgun by persons licensed to carry may not be restricted except in locations signed as prohibited areas.

  • Special testing locations requiring a complete surrender of personal effects during testing will be signed as prohibited areas. 
  • Persons may be required to place their purse, backpack or briefcase away from their person, but within their view during tests at the direction of their instructor or test administrator.
  • License holders carrying on campus intending to access prohibited areas must leave their weapons locked in their vehicles.  College lockers are not authorized for storage of handguns by license holders.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Open carry, intentional display, unlicensed carry, and carry in spite of signed prohibition are subject to employee and student discipline, as well as possible prosecution. Unintentional display of a weapon by a license holder must be avoided.  Police will exercise their enforcement discretion. 

If you see a person openly carrying or deliberately displaying a firearm:

  • Call the Alamo Colleges District Police 210-485-0911
  • Do not confront the person or ask if the person has a permit

F. Title IX policy

Information and policy regarding Title IX, Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation can be found in Board Policy H.1.2.



While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation is graded "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades.  The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.”  The student and faculty must fill out an Incomplete Contract, clearly defining the work remaining to be finished.


Administration, Faculty and Staff of San Antonio College are aware that our students face many challenges while pursuing a college degree.  Some struggle to meet basic needs of food, shelter and clothing.  Any student who believes this may affect his or her performance in the course is urged to contact the SAC Student Advocacy Center, which provides mental health counseling and support groups, emergency assistance and a daily grab-n-go snack program.  SAC has a one-of-a-kind food pantry called “The Store.”  All services are located in the Center of Academic Enrichment (CAE)
Hours:  Monday -Thursday 8.00 am – 7.00 pm and Friday 8.00 am- 5 pm
Phone:  210.486.1111

College Policies


A. San Antonio College is a smoke free campus.

B. Alamo Colleges District Police Department Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

General Phone (210) 485-0099

Weather Phone (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

C. Students are required to silence all electronic devices (e.g., pagers, cellular phones, etc.) when in classrooms, laboratories and the library.

D. Students must abide by the policies, procedures and rules set forth in the “Student Code of Conduct” and all other policies set forth in the San Antonio E-Catalog.

E. Academic Integrity Policy: College personnel with administrative authority may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. "Scholastic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. See Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook for more details.

F. Children in the Classroom: Students should not bring children to a classroom or lab. Faculty members have the right to prohibit children from entering the classroom for safety reasons. Minors under the age of 12 must not be left unattended on campus, including the library. DPS will be notified that unattended children are in the library.

G. Mental Health Services: Free, confidential mental health counseling is available on campus in the Student Advocacy Center.  Contact Lisa Black at the Student Advocacy Center by phone at 210-486-1003 or by email at [email protected].

H. Student Success Policy:

Click here to read the Complete Student Success Policy

Disability Access Statement – In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Services office. Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. For further information, please contact the San Antonio College disABILITY Support Services office at (210) 486-0020 or visit the office located on the first floor of the Moody Learning Center. You may also contact the Director of Advising (210-486-0334) and Dean for Student Success (210-486-0835) If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.