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Blinn College • Columbus High School • Social Sciences • Government - GOVT


American Government GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 811 CRN-12694
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/22/2018

Meeting Times


CC HS

8 52 - 10 07

T/TH

Contact Information


Mr. T. Hill

[email protected]                979/830-4234

Office Hrs:         M - TH    noon  - 4 00 p.m.           Old Main Rm 407 - A

                          F             noon - 1 00 p.m.

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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


Course Requirements:

You will have three major exams and a comprehensive final exam for this course.  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), handouts and political commentary from editorials, articles as well as videos.

Please note that ALL exams will include questions from the chapter readings . . . as well, an assortment of questions will come from all or some of the supplemental assignments as stated above.

 

Make-Ups: taken on the day of the final exam; make-ups may be the original exam or, at the instructor’s discretion, the final exam score may be substituted for any missed exams . . .

 

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

Evaluation


Grading:

3 exams and final @ 22.5% each       90%

Comprehensive final exam    

Participation*:                                               10%   

*  Being prepared, adding to discussion / analysis, engaged in said analysis.

 Due to the  extra credit I offer I do not round up grades. An example of this would be an 89.9 %  which would result in an 89% grade on the exam and or final average.

 

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

 

Exam Protocol:

 

1, door will close when class is scheduled to begin

2, students are expected to be at their desk with a #2 pencil and scantron

3, no student will be allowed into the room after the door is closed

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


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

 

 

SUBJECT: Incivility Protocol EFFECTIVE DATE: July 20, 2004; amended November 8, 2011, May 29, 2012, and August 26, 2014 BOARD POLICY REFERENCE: FLB ____________________________________________________________________________________ PURPOSE CIVILITY STATEMENT 

 “Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. 

Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. 

Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedom of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.” 

“If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until the student arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference.”

 

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

 

Absences: 

1, the door will be closed when class starts ( please do not enter; the door will be opened when roll has been taken )

2, roll will be taken

3, the door will then be opened for those arriving late

Please note that if a student is not in the room while roll is taken they will be marked as absent.

Absences: Fall and Spring Semesters

An email will be sent from the Registrar to the student and respective instructor as soon as one week of cumulative, unexcused absences are recorded by the instructor on myBLINN.

    Type of Course

1st Email Notification

2nd Email Notification Administrative Drop

Number of Absences

Week Equivalency

Number of Absences

Week Equivalency

MWF Classes

3 Classes Missed

1 Week

6 Classes Missed

2 Weeks

MW or TR Classes

2 Classes Missed

1 Week

4 Missed Classes

2 Weeks

Attendance

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. Each class meeting builds the foundation for subsequent class meetings. Without full participation and regular class attendance, students shall find themselves at a severe disadvantage for achieving success in college. Class participation shall constitute at least ten percent of the final course grade. It is the responsibility of each faculty member, in consultation with the Instructional Dean, to determine how participation is achieved in his or her class. The faculty shall require students to regularly attend class and shall keep a record of attendance from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an email by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his or her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. Observance of religious holy days - 
  2. Representing the College District at an official institutional function. 
  3. A high school student representing the independent school district at an official institutional function. 
  4. Military Service - 

Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture Minutes

Weekly Hours

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018

Notes and handouts re: national and state leaders

75

3

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018

Ch. 1 Political Culture

Ch. 2 The Constitution

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Sept 04, 2018

Ch. 2

75

3

Thursday, Sept 06, 2018

Ch. 2 and the Electoral College

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018

 

 

Wed, Sept 12, 2018; Day of Record

Ch. 3 Federalism

 

Day of Record ( Wed )

75

3

Thursday, Sept 13, 2018

Ch. 3

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018

Ch 12 Congress

75

3

Thursday, Sept 20, 2018

Ch 12

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Sept 25, 2018

Exam I, material covered to that point

75

3

Thursday, Sept 27, 2018

Ch. 13   The  Presidency  and

Ch. 18, Foreign Policy

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018

Ch 13

75

3

Thursday, Oct 04, 2018

Ch 15 Federal Courts

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018

Ch 15

75

3

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Ch. 4 and 5 Civil Liberties / Rights

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018

 Ch. 6, Public Opinion

75

3

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Ch. 7 The Media

75

Week Nine

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Ch. 8, Political Participation and Voting

75

3

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

 

75

Week Ten

 

Discussion: voting

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

Exam II       material covered to that point

75

3

Thursday, Nov 01, 2018

Ch. 9, Political Parties

politics1.com

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2018

Ch 9

75

3

Thursday, Nov 08, 2018

Ch 10, Campaigns and Elections

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

Ch 10, politics1.com

75

3

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

Presentations from politics1.com

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018

Ch. 11, Groups and Interests

75

3

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018

Exam III, material covered to that point

75

3

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018

 

Fri, Nov 30, 2018; Last Day to Drop Classes

 

 

"Q" drop

75

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Dec 04, 2018

Ch. 14, Bureaucracy in a Democracy

75

3

Thursday, Dec 06, 2018

Ch. 16, Government and the Economy

Ch. 17 Social Policy

75

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Final Schedule TBA – Final (2.7 hours) Counts 3 hours

 

3

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

 

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

 

 

 

 

 
 

Total Contact Hours

 

48 hrs