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Blinn College • Bryan • Social Sciences • Government - GOVT


American Government GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2018
  • Section B03 CRN-14320
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 11/05/2018

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, A109

**This is a blended class that meets in-person on Wednesdays only. For the "Monday" portion of class, you will have a class-worth of online assignments. You are responsible for completing all online assignments by the posted due dates in eCampus**

Contact Information


Instructor: Emily Erdmann

You may also reach me by using the "email" feature in eCampus.

I will respond to emails within 24 hours M-Th, and 36 hours F-Su

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, A 279

**by appointment outside these hours**

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

 

InQuizitive

You will need access to Norton Inquizitive (from our textbook publisher).

Access is free with purchase of an eBook or a new textbook. If you choose to purchase an older edition book, that is fine - you may purchase access by clicking on the "InQuizitive: How to Use Inquizitive" link under "Course Orientation." If you purchase access by going directly to the Inquizitive website, you need to use your Blinn email to log in.

Course Requirements


Exams 

You will take three (3) exams online, plus one comprehensive final exam in class.  Each exam will consist of multiple-choice, short answer/definition, short essay, and/or matching questions.  Exam dates are noted on the schedule at the bottom of the syllabus.

Weekly Online Class Assignments

You will have online assignments each week throughout the semester. This work is designed to replicate what we would do in class, meaning you are responsible for learning the material presented online (as it is usually not covered on our in-class day). These assignments open and close on specific dates; assignments will not be accepted after the due date.  Due dates are noted in eCampus for each module - please read the list of assignments in each Module, as not all due dates are in the "Calendar."

Inquizitive assignments have an individual due date, but will remain open throughout the semester for studying (the grade will not change after the due date).

The types of assignments may vary from week to week, so be sure to read ALL the instructions each week. These include, but are not limited to: InQuizitive, quizzes, readings, discussion questions, videos, lectures, notes, etc.

***You will have multiple days to finish the assignments- it is up to you to use the time wisely. Make up or re-do assignments will not be allowed, but I will drop your two lowest weekly grades. I will not remind you when specific assignments are due.***

Participation

Students are expected to arrive to class on time and prepared for the day. Regular attendance and participation are important to the learning process. Participation means attentiveness, following the lecture, completing online assignments, and contributing to discussion. Using your computer in class for anything other than note taking is not participation. Your grade for this category will be a reflection of the above items. 

Chapter Reading

You are expected to come to class prepared, having read the chapter and completed the assignments in advance.

*All grades will be posted to eCampus within one week of the due date*

eCampus/Internet

All class assignments are completed on eCampus. You will need reliable computer AND internet access, and a browser with the required plug-ins supported by eCampus.

  • Distance Education policy states that any problems due to an unreliable computer, internet connection, or unsupported browser are the responsibility of the student.
  • For assistance with distance learning: http://www.blinn.edu/online/students/index.htm
  • You may access eCampus from any computer without going to the testing center.

 

Because all assignments are submitted or completed on eCampus, it is your responsibility to finish assignments by the prescribed due date and time. You will have ample time to complete these assignments; extensions for missed deadlines will not be granted.

All online course work for the week will be due by 11:59pm on the assigned due date. Discussion questions will have an 'original post' date and a 'response post' date. These are listed on eCampus under each module.

Evaluation


Criteria

TYPE   BREAKDOWN
EXAMS

Exam 1   (13.33%)

Exam 2   (13.33%)

Exam 3   (13.34%)

40%
FINAL EXAM   20%
WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS  *2 lowest grades dropped* 30%
PARTICIPATION   10%

Breakdown

This class is based on percentages. Here is a breakdown for grading:

A = 90%+

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = 59% and below

**All final grades will be rounded using a regular .5+ system. This means if you have 79.5% at the end of the semester, you will receive a 'B' in the class.  If you have a 79.4% at the end of the semester, you will receive a 'C' in the class.  This is not up for debate, especially during the last week of the semester...**

 

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


Communication

Please use email when possible, either Outlook or eCampus email ("Progress" -> "Classlist" -> select my name and hit "Email")

College is a professional environment, so it is expected that interactions with your instructors and other students is also professional. Electronic communication should reflect this, as should all comments in class. 

Attendance

Students are expected to arrive to class on time and prepared for the day. An attendance roster will be used to take roll - either by calling names or it will be passed around.  It is the individual student's responsibility to make sure his/her name is marked on the roster each day.

Class starts and ends at the posted time. Late arrivals and early departures are disruptive and inconsiderate. Parking can be a challenge, so please make sure you leave enough time to find parking and arrive to class on time. Multiple late arrivals may result in an additional recorded absence.

A class on the other side of campus is not an excuse to be late. It is entirely possible to walk that distance in less than 10 minutes.

Because this is a "blended" course, non-completion of weekly assignments will count as an absence. (You must log in and complete a minimum of one online assignment each week to be counted as "present" for the online portion of the week).

Please read and keep the official Blinn attendance policy in mind throughout the semester. It is your responsibility to know how many classes you have missed to ensure you are not dropped. If you have extenuating circumstances that may keep you out of class for an extended period of time, you must get instructor approval. All exceptions to the Blinn policy are at the instructor's discretion.

For attendance purposes, only absences outlined in the school's attendance policy will be counted as excused, meaning they do not count against your four absences. 

Last Day to drop with a "Q" is Friday, November 30, 2018.

Make-up Exams

Your first three (3) exams will be taken online. You will have multiple days to take the exam; therefore, without prior approval, a missed exam may not be made up.

Exams missed without prior approval from the instructor will be allowed only at the instructor's discretion.

Late Assignments

Online assignments must be taken by the designated due date. These will not be reopened for any reason.

Academic Dishonesty

Using others' work to pass off as your own is plagiarism and includes, but is not limited to: not citing sources even when paraphrasing, using direct quotes without quotation marks, using direct quotes without a citation, changing the wording of a direct quote without a citation, not citing statistics you did not compile yourself, copying another student's work, etc. Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in an "F" on that assignment, with further action if necessary.

Electronics

Any inappropriate use of electronic devices will result in your dismissal from class for disrupting the learning environment.  In other words, put your phones and computers away. Headphones may not be worn in class.

If you use your computer to take notes, please get prior approval from me for use in class. 

Extra Credit

Extra Credit will be given at the instructor's discretion.

All EC awarded during class will be added to the next exam grade.  You may not 'make-up' in-class EC points if you were absent.

I will not, EVER, assign additional extra credit at the end of the semester to help boost your grade.  I highly recommend taking advantage of extra credit opportunities as they are presented.

Schedule


Week One

Assignment Details

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 8/27

Course Orientation / American Political Culture

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 8/29

Intro / American Political Culture

1.5

 

Sunday, 9/2

***Week One Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Two

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 9/3

Founding / Articles of Confederation (Labor Day Holiday)

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 9/5

Founding / Constitution

1.5

 

Sunday, 9/9

***Week Two Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Three

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 9/10

Federalism

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 9/12

Federalism

1.5

 

Sunday, 9/16

***Week Three Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Four

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 9/17

Bill of Rights / Incorporation Doctrine / First Amendment

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 9/19

Civil Liberties / Rights of Criminal Defendants

1.5

 

Thu 9/20–Sun 9/23

EXAM 1(CH 1-4) *ONLINE – complete by Sun @ 11:59pm*

 

 

 

Sunday, 9/23

***Week Four Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Five

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 9/24

Civil Rights

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 9/26

Civil Rights

1.5

 

Sunday, 9/30

***Week Five Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Six

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 10/1

Article I: Legislature

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 10/3

Article I: Legislature

1.5

 

Sunday, 10/7

***Week Six Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Seven

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 10/8

Article II: Executive

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 10/10

Article II: Executive

1.5

 

Sunday, 10/14

***Week Seven Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Eight

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 10/15

Bureaucracy

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 10/17

Bureaucracy

1.5

 

Th 10/18–Su 10/21

EXAM 2(CH 5, 12-14) *ONLINE – complete by Sun @ 11:59pm*

 

 

 

Sunday, 10/21

***Week Eight Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

+Week Nine

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 10/22

Article III: Judiciary

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 10/24

Article III: Judiciary

1.5

 

Sunday, 10/28

***Week Nine Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Ten

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 10/29

Political Parties

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 10/31

Political Parties

1.5

 

Sunday, 11/4

***Week Ten Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Eleven

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 11/5

Political Participation & Voting

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 11/7

Political Participation & Voting

1.5

 

Sunday, 11/11

***Week Eleven Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Twelve

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday,11/12

Public Opinion

 

1.5

3

   

 

 

Wednesday, 11/14

Public Opinion

 

 

Thursday, 11/15

EXAM 3(CH 6, 8, 9, 15) *ONLINE – complete by Sun @ 11:59pm*

 

 

   

 

 

Sunday, 11/18

***EXAM 3 due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Thirteen

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 11/19

Campaigns & Elections

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 11/21

Campaigns & Elections

1.5

 

Sunday, 11/25

***Week Thirteen Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Fourteen

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 11/26

Media

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 11/28

Media

(***last day to drop with a "Q" is Friday, November 30***)

1.5

 

Sunday, 12/2

***Week Fourteen Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Fifteen

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 12/3

Interest Groups

 

1.5

3

Wednesday, 12/5

Interest Groups

1.5

 

Sunday, 12/11

***Week Fifteen Assignments due by 11:59pm**

 

 

 

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

Lec

Online

Weekly

Monday, 12/10

FINAL EXAM 12:45pm-1:50pm

3

 

 
 

Total Contact Hours

27

21

48