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Sealy Campus · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section V02 CRN-40132
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 07/05/2018

Mr. T. Hill

IVC           VO 1           VO 2           VO 3

Brenham, Sealy, Schulenburg Campuses 

Meeting Times

8 a.m. - 9 55             M - Fri         July 5 - Aug 2, 2018

Brenham Campus, Bullock Lab Rm 120

Sealy Campus, Rm 110

Schulenburg Campus, Rm 110

Available for meeting with students before and after class . . . 

Contact Information

Mr. Thaddaus Hill            e-mail          [email protected]       

tele # 979/830-4234

Office         407-A         Old Main Bldg., Brenham


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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


Course Requirements

Three major exams and one comprehensive final exam. 

Any material covered in class or from outside assignments may be on the exams. These may include but are not limited to current events ( local, state, national and international ) as well as hand-outs and videos.

All exams will include information from chapter readings as well as supplemental material.

Make-ups are taken on the day of the final exam. Make-ups may be the exam itself or, at the instructor's discretion, the score from the final exam may be substituted for any missed exams. 

Instructor reserves the right to alter topics, exams and or exam dates.


3 exams         22.5% each ( m. choice, matching and t/f )

1 final exam   22.5% 

participation   10%

Due to the extra credit given throughout the semester I do not round up grades. An example of this would be a grade of 89.8%; this would not be rounded up to 90% but would be 89% even.

Students are expected to be at their desk with a #2 pencil and the appropriate scantron at 8 a.m. of the exam date. Late arrivals, as well as those showing up without their materials will not be allowed to take the exam. 


Instructor reserves the right to alter topics, exams and or exam dates.

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

No recording devices, both audio or visual, without the instructor's permission.

This includes telephones or telephone watches. If it is a distraction in any way you will be asked to leave the classroom 


Roll Call will begin at 8 a.m.  

1, door is closed; roll begins at 8 a.m.

2, after roll, you may enter

Please note that if a student is not in attendance when their name is called they will be marked as absent.

Note: 3 absences in this course will result in an administrative drop.

From the Handbook: Students who accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences may be administratively withdrawn from class. There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. Observance of religious holy days - Students should notify their instructor(s) no later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) for absences for any religious holy day(s);
  2. Representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. Dual credit students representing the high school or independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. Military service.


Civility Statement ( from the Handbook )

Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference within two school days of being notified of the suspension from class. This statement reflects step one of three possible steps in the incivility process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Catalog and in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (LOCAL).



Instructor reserves the right to alter topics, exams and or exam dates.


Week Day Section(s) Covered Topics Covered Weekly Online Hours
1 R 07/05/18  

 Syllabus,handout of elected / appointed leadership . . . Ch 1 Political Culture,

Ch 2 USA Constitution

F 07/06/18    Ch 2 USA Constitution
2 M 07/09/18    Ch 2 USA Constitution  11.5
T 07/10/18    Electoral College Ch 3 Federalism
  Day of Record
W 07/11/18    Ch 3 Federalism
R 07/12/18    Ex I; material covered to that date
F 07/13/18    Ch 4 Civil Liberties
3 M 07/16/18    Ch 5 Civil Rights  11.5
T 07/17/18    Ch 6 Public Opinion
W 07/18/18    Ch 7 The Media
R 07/19/18    Ex II; material covered to that date
F 07/20/18    Ch 8 / Ch 9 Political Participation / Voting
4 M 07/23/18    Ch 10 Campaigns and Election  11.5
T 07/24/18    Ch 11 / Ch 12 Groups and Interests / US Congress
W 07/25/18    Ch 12 US Congress
R 07/26/18    Ex III material covered to that date
F 07/27/18    Ch 13 Presidency
  Last Day to Drop with a "Q"
5 M 07/30/18    Ch 15 Federal Courts  9.6
T 07/31/18    Ch 18 Foreign Policy
W 08/01/18    Ch 14 / 16 / 17 Bureaucracy / Government and the Economy / Social Policy

Last Day of Class

Ch 14 / 16 / 17 Bureaucracy / Government and the Economy / Social Policy

R 08/02/18    
  Final Exam
        Total Contact Hours 48