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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section 318 CRN-40376
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 07/05/2018

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:05 AM to 12:00 PM, Academic Building, Room 224

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Gentry Woodard


Government 2305 is a study of the organization, functions, and administration of the several branches and agencies of the national government, including a study of the federal constitution. The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of these subsystems. 48 contact hours. Credit: Three semester hours.


Student must be college reading ready according to Texas Success Initiatives Standards (TSI). Please see the Catalog section under Texas Success Initiative.

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States.

Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.

Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.

Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.

Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.

Analyze the election process.

Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics.




  • EDITION:   11E
  • ISBN:   9780393622850


Current Events

The student should be familiar with current political events.

Course Requirements


The student will complete FOUR (4) Tests throughout the semester over material covered.

The student will complete ONE (1) Comprehensive Final Exam that covers all material covered in class.



The student will complete FOUR (4) Pop Quizzes throughout the semester.

Quizzes Cannot Be Made Up!

The students lowest quiz grade will be dropped.


Writing Assignments

The student will complete FIVE (5) Writing Assignments.  Details of the writing assignments will be discussed in class.  Late writing assignments will receive half credit.



Tests: 60%

Quizzes: 15%

Writing Assignments: 25%


90-100  A

80-89  B

70-79  C

60-69  D

59-below  F

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s BlinnBuc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for BlinnBuc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies


You WILL NOT do well in this class if you miss class, or do not pay attention in class.



Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week Day Section(s)
Topics Covered Weekly
1 R 07/05/18   Introduction, Syllabus, and American Political Culture  
F 07/06/18   The Constitution, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights
2 M 07/09/18   The Constitution, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights  
T 07/10/18   Federalism
  Day of Record
W 07/11/18   Test 1
R 07/12/18   Public Opinion, The Media
F 07/13/18   Political Parties, Elections
3 M 07/16/18   Political Parties, Elections  
T 07/17/18   Interest Groups and Lobbying
W 07/18/18   Test 2
R 07/19/18   Congress
F 07/20/18   Congress
4 M 07/23/18   The Presidency  
T 07/24/18   The Presidency
W 07/25/18   The Federal Courts
R 07/26/18   The Federal Courts
F 07/27/18   Test 3
  Last Day to Drop with a "Q"
5 M 07/30/18   Government and the Economy, Social Policy  
T 07/31/18   Foreign Policy
W 08/01/18   Test 4
  Last Day of Class
R 08/02/18    
  Final Exam
        Total Contact Hours 48
        *The schedule may change at anytime