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Blinn College • Bryan • Social Sciences • Government - GOVT


American Government GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 328 CRN-13150
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/21/2018

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, T 121

Contact Information


Instructor: Mr. Gentry Woodard

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, A 277
  • Friday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, A 277

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

 

Current Events

The student should be familiar with current political events.

Lectures

The student is expected to attend class and take notes on lecture material.

 

Course Requirements


Tests

The student will complete FOUR (4) Tests throughout the semester over material covered.  Make-up tests will have a 10 point deduction.

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

 

Quizzes

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.  Late writing assignments will have a 10 point deduction.  Details of the writing assignments will be discussed in class, and instructions posted on eCampus.

 

Evaluation


Criteria

Tests: 60%

Quizzes: 15%

Writing Assignments: 25%

Breakdown

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 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


Expectations

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

Schedule


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
 

Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture

Minutes

Weekly Hours

Monday, August 27, 2018

Syllabus and Introduction to the Course

75

3

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Political Culture

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 03, 2018

Labor Day Holiday

75

3

Wednesday ,Sept 05, 2018

The Constitution, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 10, 2018

The Constitution, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

75

3

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018

Federalism

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 17, 2018

Federalism

75

3

Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018

Test 1

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 24, 2018

Media

75

3

Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018

Media

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 01, 2018

Political Parties

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018

Political Parties

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 08, 2018

Elections

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

Interest Groups/Lobbying

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Interest Groups/Lobbying

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Test 2

75

Week Nine

 

`

Weekly

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

Congress

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018

Congress

75

Week Ten

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Congress

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

The Presidency

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday Nov 05, 2018

The Presidency

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 07, 2018

The Judiciary

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 12, 2018

The Judiciary

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Test 3

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Policy: Crime

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

Policy: Economic

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Policy Social

75

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Dec 03, 2018

Test 4

75

3

Wednesday, Dec 05, 2018

Final Review

75

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday Dec 10, 2018

12:45-3:00 pm

 

3

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

 

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

 

 

*Syllabus subject to change

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours

 

48.0