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Summer 2013   POL 204 California Government & Politics (3 units)

Section 8273            Class Begins June 24, 2013

Course Description

An overview and analysis of the role of state and local governments, with special emphasis directed to the history and development of these institutions; the state and local political systems; the political environment; party, interest group, citizen and media inputs; and current problems and changing functions affecting local governments.

Recommended Prep: (if needed) English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process

  • Instructor:  Phillip Warf
  • Email: After the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: Larry Gerston and Terry Christensen, California Government and Politics: A Practical Approach, 12th edition (ISBN 9781133587651). Students are also encouraged to read regularly a major California newspaper, such as the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, etc.
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 8 to 12 hours per week reading, writing, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class (6/24).  Computer with programs compatible to this course are required as well as an internet connection (dial up not recommended) and an email address. 
  • Assignments & Tests: In addition to the textbook readings, each student must complete weekly assignments. These have three parts: (1) contributing to a discussion board on a specific topic and (2) taking a quiz on the readings, and (3) completing an essay or other substantial assignment. There is also a final exam, which covers the entire course content. During the first week of the course, there is also an ungraded assignment designed to introduce students to the online environment.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes program. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email
  • New to Etudes: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use Etudes. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with Etudes. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through Etudes.
  • Etudes Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Login ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021945
Username = joga21945

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

Etudes link