7998 - Political Science 1 - Class Information

The Government of the United States

Spring B 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.


Micheal Bressler, Ph.D.
Email: mbressler@ lbcc.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(818) 364-7600, ext. 7160

Classroom Location Schedule

 Day  Campus  Time  Location
Saturday  L.A. Southwest College 09:00 AM - 12:00 Noon  Lecture Lab., Rm. 116
Saturday  L.A. City College 01:30  - 04:30 PM  Da Vinci Hall, RM. 306
Sunday  L.A. Valley College 09:00 AM - 12:00 Noon  Foreign Language Bldg., Rm. 106
Sunday  L.A. Pierce College 01:30 - 04:30 PM  Business Bldg., Rm. 3204

Click here for directions and maps to the campuses.



We the People
  • Author: Patterson, Thomas E.
  • Edition: 8/E, 2009
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • ISBN: 978-0-0733-7896-1
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.

Textbooks are available in the college libraries.  Most libraries have the texts on Reserve, (two hour use, in the library) some libraries have copies in the General Collection.  Individual Library Policies apply and they may be different at each campus.Generally, students must have a valid student ID for the campus they intend to use to check out or use library materials. For example, to check out books from Pierce College Library students must have a valid Pierce College Student ID.  Students who enrolled only in ITV classes may obtain a Mission College ID through the Admissions Office at Mission College.


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
Buy the Videos

Videos may be purchased at the Pierce College Bookstore. or 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
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 with you to watch them.

Online Course Website

April 13 is the official start date of the term. If you enrolled after the start date, you can expect a delay of 2-3 business days in accessing the class website. 

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