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Blinn College • Brenham • Social Sciences • Government - GOVT


American Government GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 012 CRN-13200
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/21/2018

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, OM 323

Contact Information


Instructor: Jed Robinson

Instructor: Jed Robinson

Office Hours:

Monday/Wednesday 10:30--11:30 a.m.

or by appointment

Description


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

Requisites

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:

http://www.blinn.edu/academics/core_curriculum.html

Outcomes


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.

Materials


WE THE PEOPLE 2017 PKG

REQUIRED |By GINSBERG

  • EDITION:   11E
  • PUBLISHER:   NORTON
  • ISBN:   9780393622850

 

Course Requirements


Evaluation


Criteria

Criteria

Evaluation of students' accomplishments will consist of minor and major grades.  The minor grades will include short quizzes and/or reading assignments.  The lowest score in this category will be dropped and the remainder averaged to constitute one major grade.  The major grades will include four major exams.  The lowest exam score will also be discarded.  There will also be a comprehensive final examination.

Breakdown

Breakdown

The breakdown of student grades is as follows:

Minor Grades                                         100 points

Three Major exams (100 points each)   300 points

Final Examination                                  100 points

Total:                                                      500 points

Blinn College Policies


All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations 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 Blinn Buc 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 Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies


Makeup exams and extra credit

It is the instructor's policy that all students take the exams and quizzes at the scheduled time. Students will be allowed to complete the assignment at a later date (no more than two weeks later) only if the deviation is excused in advance of the due date.

The instructor may allow extra credit projects to supplement the total points. The projects will be announced in class and/or posted on E-Campus. Students may suggest potential extra credit projects, but any such project must be equally available to all students in the class.

Schedule


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
 

WEEK 1                                                                                  WEEKLY CONTACT HRS

Aug 27   Ch 1 Political Culture   1.5 LECTURE HRS                                         3

Aug 29   Ch 1 cont.                     1.5 LECTURE HRS

WEEK 2

Sep 3 Labor Day Holiday               1.5 LECTURE HRS                                    3

Sep 5 Ch 2 U.S. Constitution            1.5 LECTURE HRS

WEEK 3

Sep 10 Ch 2 continued                    1.5 LECTURE HRS                                      3

Sep 12 Ch 3 Federalism                  1.5 LECTURE HRS

WEEK 4

Sep 17  Ch 4 Civil Liberties               1.5 LECTURE HRS                                  3

Sep 19   Ch 4 continued                    1.5 LECTURE HRS

WEEK 5

Sep 24     EXAM ONE                      1.5 LECTURE HRS                                    3

Sep 26    Ch 8 Political Participation  1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 6

Oct 1 Ch 9Political Parties                1.5 LECTURE HOURS                              3

Oct 3 Ch 9 continued                        1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 7

Oct 8   Ch 10 Campaigns,Elections  1.5 LECTURE HOURS                            3

Oct 10  Ch 6 Public Opinion             1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 8

Oct 15  Ch 7 The Media                    1.5 LECTURE HOURS                                3

Oct 17    EXAM TWO.                 1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 9

Oct 22  Ch 12 The Congress          1.5 LECTURE HOURS                                3

Oct 24   Ch 12 continued                1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 10

Oct 29 Ch 13 The Presidency           1.5 LECTURE HOURS                              3

Oct 31  Ch 14 Federal Bureaucracy  1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 11

Nov 5 Ch 11  Interest Groups            1.5 LECTURE HOURS                             3

Nov 7 Ch 11 continued                      1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 12

Nov 12   EXAM THREE             1.5 LECTURE HOURS                                 3

Nov 14 Ch 5 Civil Rights              1.5 LECTURE HOURS                                  

WEEK 13

Nov 19 Ch 5 Continued                    1.5 LECTURE HOURS                                 3

Nov 21    Thanksgiving Holiday    1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 14

Nov 26  Ch 15 Federal Courts            1.5 LECTURE HOURS                             3

Nov 28  Ch 16 Economic Policy        1.5 LECTURE HOURS

              Ch 17 Social Policy

Nov 30     Last day to withdraw and receive a W

WEEK 15

Dec 3   Ch 18 Foreign Policy            1.5 LECTURE HOURS                               3

Dec 5    EXAM 4                                  1.5 LECTURE HOURS

WEEK 16

 FINAL EXAMINATION                  3 LECTURE HOURS                  3

 12/12/2018   3:15 p.m.

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS 3x16=48 contact hours