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Blinn College • Distance Education • Social Sciences • Government - GOVT


American Government GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2018
  • Section N06 CRN-10492
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/21/2018

Meeting Times


This is a fully online course that is available online 24 hours a day and has specific deadlines for assignments

Contact Information


Professor: Alan Lehmann

Email: [email protected]
Office: Room 408, Old Main on Brenham campus
Phone: 979 830-4226

 

Old Main 408, Brenham campus

Monday - 9 to noon, 1 to 1:30

Tuesday- 2:30 to 4

Wednesday - 9 to noon, 1 to 1:30

Thursday- 2:30 to 4

Friday 9 to noon

 

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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


A)    Please read this section very carefully and be aware of the implications for your successful progress in this course.  Government 2305 is designed to allow you a successful and enjoyable introduction to the many facets of Government at the college level.  It is designed to challenge you as well as keep you stimulated.  In spite of this, Government 2305 should not be too difficult for you if YOU KEEP UP WITH THE ASSIGNED READINGS!

 

Class lectures and discussions will NOT necessarily cover the same material as in the text.  Periodically, handouts will be used to present concepts, applications and examination of selected materials to achieve course learning outcomes.  However, examinations will be derived from class lectures, handouts, assignments and the text.

 

B)    Examinations: It is the instructor's policy that all students take the exams at the scheduled time.  All deviations must be excused in advance.  In instances of emergencies, the STUDENT MUST inform the instructor as soon as possible.  It is the instructor's decision whether an absence is excused.  Failure to take an exam at the scheduled time without and excuse will result in a score of zero (0).  Exams (including the comprehensive final) will be primarily multiple choice, true false and fill-in-the-blank. However, if the instructor decides to allow a makeup exam, the student should expect an essay exam.

Evaluation


Grading Method:

 

Three Major Exams (16% each)-         48%

Comprehensive Final                          16%

8 quizzes (top 7 grades)                     10%

2 Essays                                           16%

15 forum posts                                    10%

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Total                                                    100%

 

 

 

 

Grading scale:

 

585 or more:       A

520-584:            B

455-519             C

390-454:            D

Less than 390 points:    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


Attendence

I won't allow makeups for non-excused absences on the note quizzes.  I will assess unexcused absences for quizzes and exams on a case by case basis.  If I do allow a makeup on a quiz or exam for an absence, expect an essay exam or a different quiz.

If you have to drop the class for ANY reason, do it by November 30th, that is the last day to Q drop a class.

Schedule


Week One  (Aug 27-Sept 02, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 Constitutional History

 

 

 

Week Two (Sept 3-Sept 9, 2018)

Labor Day Holiday (Monday, Sept. 3)

Weekly

 

 3

 Constitution

 

 

 

Week Three (Sept 10-Sept 16, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 Federalism

 

 

 

Week Four (Sept 17-Sept 23, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 

 Wednesday, 9-19-18- Exam I and quizzes due

 

 

Week Five (Sept 24-Sept 30, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 Changing the Consititution

 

 

 

Week Six  (Oct 1-Oct 7, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 

 Amendments

 

 

Week Seven (Oct 8-Oct 14, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 Presidency

 

 

 

Week Eight  (Oct 15-Oct 21, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 

 Wednesday, 10-17-18: Exam II and quizzes due

 

 

Week Nine (Oct 22-Oct 28, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 Congress

 

 

 

Week Ten (Oct 29-Nov 4, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 Congress

 

 

 

Week Eleven (Nov 5-Nov 11, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 Politics

 

 

 

Week Twelve  (Nov 12-Nov 18, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 

 11-14-18: Exam III and quizzes due

 

 

Week Thirteen (Nov 19-Nov 25, 2018)

Thanksgiving Holiday (Wednesday-Friday, Nov 21-23)

Weekly

 

 3

 

 11-21 Thanksgiving

 11-22 Thanksgiving

 11-23 Thanksgiving

Week Fourteen (Nov 26-Dec 2, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 

 Judiciary

 

 Friday, November 30: Last day to drop

Week Fifteen (Dec 3-Dec 9, 2018)

Online Assignment Details

Weekly

 

 3

 

 Government theories; Revenue and spending policies

 

 

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

Weekly

 

   3

 

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

 Final Exam and quizzes due

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours 

18