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Distance Education · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section N51 CRN-40037
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 07/03/2018

Meeting Times

This is a fully online course that is available online 24 hours a day and has specific deadlines for assignments

Contact Information

Instructor: Professor Alan Lehmann

Office Hours

Office hours during the summer are by appointment


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

A)    Please read this section very carefully and be aware of the implications for your successful progress in this course.  Government 2305 is designed to allow you a successful and enjoyable introduction to the many facets of Government at the college level.  It is designed to challenge you as well as keep you stimulated.  In spite of this, Government 2305 should not be too difficult for you if YOU KEEP UP WITH THE ASSIGNED READINGS!


Class lectures and discussions will NOT necessarily cover the same material as in the text.  Periodically, handouts will be used to present concepts, applications and examination of selected materials to achieve course learning outcomes.  However, examinations will be derived from class lectures, handouts, assignments and the text.


B)    Examinations: It is the instructor's policy that all students take the exams at the scheduled time.  All deviations must be excused in advance.  In instances of emergencies, the STUDENT MUST inform the instructor as soon as possible.  It is the instructor's decision whether an absence is excused.  Failure to take an exam at the scheduled time without and excuse will result in a score of zero (0).  Exams (including the comprehensive final) will be primarily multiple choice, true false and fill-in-the-blank. However, if the instructor decides to allow a makeup exam, the student should expect an essay exam.


Grading Method:


Three Major Exams (16% each)-         50%

Comprehensive Final                          16%

8 quizzes (top 7 grades)                     12%

2 Essays                                           16%

6 forum posts                                     6%


Total                                                    100%





Grading scale:


540 or more:       A

480-539:            B

420-479             C

360-419:            D

Less than 360 points:    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


I will assess unexcused absences for quizzes and exams on a case by case basis.  If I do allow a makeup on a quiz or exam for an absence, expect an essay exam or a different quiz.

If you have to drop the class for ANY reason, do it by July 27th, that is the last day to Q drop a class.


Tentative Instructional Schedule  
Week Day Section(s)
Meeting Details Weekly
1 R 07/05/18   Constitutional History 6.5
F 07/06/18   Constitution
Sa 07/07/18    
Su 07/08/18    
2 M 07/09/18   Constitution 11.5
T 07/10/18   Federalism
IMPORTANT - Day of Record
W 07/11/18   Federalism
R 07/12/18   Exam I and the quizzes are due
F 07/13/18   Changing the Constitution
Sa 07/14/18    
Su 07/15/18    
3 M 07/16/18   Amendments 11.5
T 07/17/18   Presidency
W 07/18/18   Presidency
R 07/19/18   Exam II and the quizzes are due
F 07/20/18   Congress
Sa 07/21/18    
Su 07/22/18    
4 M 07/23/18   Congress 11.5
T 07/24/18   Congress
W 07/25/18   Politics
R 07/26/18   Exam III and the quizzes are due
F 07/27/18   Judiciary IMPORTANT - Last Day to Drop with a "Q"
Sa 07/28/18    
Su 07/29/18    
5 M 07/30/18   Judiciary 7
T 07/31/18   Government theories
W 08/01/18   Revenue and spending
  R 08/02/18 Summer II Final Exam
        Total Contact Hours 48