Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT
- Fall 2018
- Section 306 CRN-14321
- 3 Credits
- 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
- Modified 08/29/2018
- MWF, 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
- Room: A - 106
- M, W: 1:30-2:30 PM; TU: 3:00-4:00 PM
- Office: A-276
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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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.
REQUIRED |By GINSBERG
- EDITION: 11E
- PUBLISHER: NORTON
- ISBN: 9780393622850
882-E or 882-E compatible
There will be 4 major exams during the semester. The lowest grade will be dropped.
There will be 2 writing assignments. Students will receive detailed instructions later in the course. The due dates are noted on the schedule. Students who turn in their papers early will receive bonus points. One week early = 7 bonus points; six days early = 6 bonus points, etc. Late papers are not accepted.
Participation will be based upon attendance. Excused absences will not lower the participation grade. Roll will be taken at the beginning of class. Students who are not present will be counted absent. Students who arrive late must inform the instructor that they were in class. Roll may be taken at the end of class. Students who miss over half of the class will be counted absent. Students who develop a pattern of leaving just past the midway point will be counted absent for the those days.
The final exam is comprehensive, including the lectures in the last week of class. The final exam cannot be dropped.
There will be one graded quiz over the syllabus. 10% of the grade will be added to final Participation grade.
A student has perfect attendance and, therefore, has a Participation grade of 100.
The same student scores 100 on the syllabus quiz. Ten points will be added to the final Participation grade, changing the final grade to 110.
Major Exams (150 points each) 3 of 4 Exams 450 points
Final Exam 200 points
Writing Assignments (125 points each) 250 points
Participation 100 points
Blinn College Policies
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.
Students who arrive after the tests have been distributed may be given a different exam that will consist largely, if not exclusively, of short answers.
Scantrons - Students will submit their answers on the "narrow" Scantron (Scantron 882-E or 882-E compatible). Students who do not use the correct Scantron will lose 5 points
Every student will also provide their name, the test form, and their class section on the scantron.
Scantrons without a name will not be graded. However, in the rare instance where it can be determined with absolute certainty that an 'unnamed' Scantron belongs to a particular student, the exam will be graded, but 5 points will be deducted from the grade.
An exam without the correct test form will receive an automatic deduction of 3 points, and the final grade for the exam will be based upon the key used in the grading process.
If a student asks for their exam to be graded by hand, there will be a further deduction of 5 points and the re-grade by hand will be final grade (minus the deductions) There is one exception. If a student's exam is marked wrong in error (by the key), the student may request a review of specific questions without fear of any deductions.
Failure to provide the correct section will also be a deduction of 3 points, and a possible delay in the return of the exam.
If a student is not present when roll is taken, then the student is assumed to have an unexcused absence. Any student who arrives in class after roll has been taken must meet with the instructor after class to assure that their attendance is properly recorded.
Four types of excused absences are recognized by Blinn College. In addition, students who are absent for medical or legal reasons may also receive an excused absence when documentation from a third party professional is provided.
It is the student's responsibility to initiate the request for an excused absence.
Make-up exams are allowed for excused absences only. The student must provide documentation to support a request for an excused absence no later than the second class meeting after returning to class. Unless otherwise approved, students must complete any make-up exam no later than 10 days after the original test date.
If, under extraordinary circumstances, a student is allowed to take an exam later than 10 days after the original test date, the student will be given a short answer exam.
LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
If it is not possible for a student to make it to class because of "dire circumstances," the paper may be submitted via e-mail (through blinn.edu only). The paper will NOT BE GRADED until the student has provided documentation from a 3rd Party professional that substantiates their inability to appear in class on the due date due to a legal or medical issue.
Note that this policy does not extend the due date; it only permits an alternate means of submitting the paper in extraordinary circumstances.