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Navasota High School · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 809 CRN-13388
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/27/2018

Meeting Times

MWF 10:50-11:40pm Rm: Mr. Fisher's Room

Contact Information

Instructor: Professor Andrew Anderson

Phone: 979-209-8954        

Office Hours: MWF 10:00-10:30pm Library 

Email: [email protected]


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

Exams & Quizzes

There will be 4 exams after every couple of chapters with a 45-50 questions. You will get 60 mins to complete the exams.


There will be a writing portion to this course. There will be 3 papers total spaced out over the course, 1 1-page papers, single spacing, 1 2-3-page paper 1 ½ spacing and 1 5-page paper, double spacing. All papers are expected to be in Time New Roman, 14pt font. The 1-page paper will be on a topic related to the course using either an article. You will then be expected to explain the article, the position of the author or presenter, whether you agree with it or not, and how to solve the issue presented. The 1st paper’s topic will be given to you by the professor. The 5-page paper will be on a topic randomly drawn from the professor. You will research it, explain it and give an overview on its impact in the modern day. Meetings over this paper will take place after exams The page limit is strictly enforced, changes to this format require prior approval from the professor in writing.


At the end of each chapter is a Class activity to complete, either by your self or with an assigned partner. All the activities will be posted on eCampus with places to submit your answers. 


Grading and Evaluation

Attendance is not required. However, students who miss several classes generally fall behind in their course work and subsequently do poorly in the course. It should be noted that although participation is not included in your final grade, all students are expected to participate in the class. This gives each student an opportunity to voice his or her viewpoints regarding the subject matter being discussed. After all, debate is what makes the political world go around (It makes the class much more interesting).


Absences & Extra Credit Absences

Please note that if you have at least 85% attendance rate or more for the class, your overall average will be increased by 2 points. There are few extra-credit options available! Class attendance will be taken at the beginning of class. Do not be late for class as attendance will be taken at the start of the class period. If you are late it will be recorded as an absence---Come to class and be on time! Since your in High School, it is also your job to notify if you have an trip or off campus activity you will be missing class time for. 


**MW Classes: After the 7th, late arrival or absence, I will deduct one point from your Final Average.


Graded Items                                                 Grading Scale

Exams (1-4)                20%                             89-100        A                                                   

Papers (2)                    20%                             79-88         B   

5-page Paper               25%                             69-78        C   

Final Exam                  25%                             59-68         D

Activities                     10%                             Below 59     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

Make-up Policy

All makeup tests are given on the week before final exams. It should be understood that the make-up exams are much more difficult than the original exam. All papers will lose 5 points per day late. After 2 weeks, the paper will be a Zero (0).


Plagiarism and Cheating

Neither plagiarism nor cheating (claiming that words and ideas of others are your own) will be tolerated in this class. A grade of zero “0” will be given for any such assignment. This will be strictly enforced! If in doubt, make it a point to come see me. I will run them through online searches if it does not look right or sound like yourself.

Class Conduct

I extend civil behavior to students in my classroom, and in return I expect the same. Neither talking (discussions not pertaining to the topic) nor sleeping in class is acceptable as it shows a lack of respect not only for me, but also for your fellow classmates. Please be on time for class, as the class roll will be taken shortly after class begins. If you find it difficult to come on time or stay for the entire class, then talk to an advisor about switching sections. Do not leave class to go get drinks or something to eat. Turn your cell phone off before entering the classroom! No Earphones! If you feel that you are unable to abide by the rules noted above, I will be happy to assist you in finding another class.


Proposed Schedule: Please note that chapter outlines will be posted on the Web. You are responsible for downloading them or writing them down. If you do not have an outline, you will have to get it from a classmate.



Week of Aug. 30th                                Introduction and Overview

                                                             Chapter 1-2

Week of Sept. 6th                                 Chapter 2,3                                                           

Week of Sept. 13th                               Chapter 3,4                                                           

Week of Sept. 20th                               Chapter 5,6

                                                            Exam 1 (Ch. 1-4) 

Week of Sept. 27th                               Chapter 6,7

                                                            Paper 1   

Week of Oct. 4th                                  Chapter 7,8 

Week of Oct. 11th                                 Chapter 9,10

                                                            Exam 2 (Ch. 5-8)

Week of Oct. 18th                                Chapter 10,11 

Week of Oct. 25th                                Chapter 11

                                                            Exam 3 (Ch. 9-11)

                                                            Government Official Paper                                                                 

Week of Nov. 1st                                  Chapter 12                                                           

Week of Nov. 8th                                  Chapter 12,13                                                                                                                      

Week of Nov. 15th                                Chapter 13,14                                                        

Nov. 22nd – 25th                                  Thanksgiving Holiday

                                                            5-page Paper Due

Week of Nov. 29th                                Chapter 14

                                                            Exam 4 (Ch. 12-14)

Nov. 12th                                              Last Day To Drop Class With “W” 

Week of Dec. 6th                                 Make-up Day

                                                            Final Exam Review(Optional Class)

Dec. 10th                                             Final Exam 10:15 am - 12:30pm

                                                            Bring 2 Scantrons(And Yes this is a Wednesday)