7979 - Political Science 1 - Class Information

The Government of the United States

Winter 2009

3 Units, (UC: CSU)

Deals with how the U.S. Constitution and Government meet democracy’s challenge in a world of change: plus California and local governments.

Meets: Meets the graduation and transfer requirements for all majors to take a course in federal, state and local governments.

Prerequisites: None.


Van Chaney, MPA
Email: van_chaney@hotmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2:00  - 5:00 P.M.
(818) 364-7600, ext. 7159

Classroom Location Schedule

 Day  Campus  Time  Location
 Saturday   L.A. Southwest  College   9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon   Lecture Lab Bldg.,  Rm. 108 
 Saturday   L.A. City College  1:30 - 4:30 PM   Da Vinci Hall, RM., 305
 Sunday  L.A. Valley College  9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon  Foregn Language, Bldg. Rm. 104 
 Sunday  L.A.  Pierce College  1:30 - 4:30 PM  Business Bldg, Rm., 3203

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We the People
  • Author: Patterson, Thomas E.
  • Edition: 7/E, 2008
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • ISBN: 978-0-07340-386-1
California Government and Politics Today
  • Author: Field, Mona
  • Edition: 12/E, 2009
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon / Longman
  • ISBN: 978-0-20562-007-4

Textbooks may be purchased at the City, Southwest, Valley, and Pierce College bookstores.


Framework for Democracy

A study of the U.S. Constitution and the major principles, institutions, and policies of the American Federal system.

Where to Watch Videos

All videos are closed captioned.
Cable Channel LA36

Video broadcasts are available on cable channel LA36. The broadcast schedule is below.

Broadcast Schedule and Class Meetings
Buy the Videos

Videos may be purchased at the Pierce College Bookstore and the LA Mission College Bookstore

Watch the Videos on Campus

Videos may be viewed at the Learning Resource Centers of:

Los Angeles City College
East Los Angeles College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Mission College
Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Los Angeles Valley College
West Los Angeles College

You must bring your Student ID or fee receipt  to watch the videos.

Online Course Website

Jan. 5 is the official start date of the term. If you enrolled after that date, you can expect a delay of 2-3 business days in accessing the class website. 

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