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Blinn College • Bryan • Social Sciences • Government - GOVT


American Government GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 417 CRN-12526
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/26/2018

Meeting Times


TTH 12:00-1:15  T Building 121

Contact Information


Ron Quiram

[email protected]

Office 211

Office Hours MW 12:00-1:15

                     TTH 9:30-10:30

                    or by appointment

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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


Three exams(100 points each)  Six  Participation Quizzes (counting the five highest grades) (50 points total ) Written assignment(50 points) and comprehensive final exam (200 points)

Evaluation


CRITERIA FOR GRADING:

A=600-540

B=539-480

C=479-420

D=419-360

F=359 and below

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


Missed exams must be made up. Its is the students responsibility to make arrangements for make up exams. Missed exams must be made up immediately following the students return to the classroom. Failure to do so will result in an “0”.  Extra Credit and Participation Quizzes cannot be made up.No food or drinks in the classroom

Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture Minutes

Weekly Hours

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018

First Day of Class

75

3

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018

Chapter 2

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Sept 04, 2018

Chapter 2

Preamble

 

75

3

Thursday, Sept 06, 2018

Chapter 2 Article V, VII

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018

Amendments 12-27

75

3

Thursday, Sept 13, 2018

Participation Quiz Chapter 2

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018

Chapter 4 Amendments

75

3

Thursday, Sept 20, 2018

Chapter 4 Amendments 1-10

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Sept 25, 2018

Chapter4 Amendments 1-10

75

3

Thursday, Sept 27, 2018

Participation Quiz chapter 4

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018

Exam Chapter 2,4

75

3

Thursday, Oct 04, 2018

Chapter 3

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018

Chapter 3

75

3

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Participation Quiz Chapter 3

P

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2018

Article II

75

3

Thursday, Oct 17, 2018

Chapter 13

 

75

Week Nine

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Chapter 13

75

3

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

Chapter 13

75

Week Ten

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

Participation Quiz Chapter 13

75

3

Thursday, Nov 01, 2018

 Exam 2 chapters 3,13

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2018

Chapter 12 article I section 1-7

75

3

Thursday, Nov 08, 2018

Chapter 12

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

Chapter 12

75

3

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

Participation Quiz chapter 12

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018

Chapter 15 Article III

75

3

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018

Chapter 15

75

3

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018

Friday Nov 30 

Participation Quiz Chapter 15

Last Day to Q drop 

75

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Dec 05, 2018

Exam 3 chapter 12, 15

Papers Due

75

3

Thursday, Dec 07, 2018

Unfinished business

75

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

 

 

3

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

 

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

 10:15-12:30

 

Friday, Dec 14, 2017

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours

 

48 hrs