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Blinn College • Bryan • Social Sciences • Government - GOVT


American Government GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 422 CRN-12510
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/24/2018

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, A Building 109

Contact Information


Instructor: Mr. Michael B. Calliham

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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


Classroom discussion, exams and a research project to be assigned regarding a current political issue.

Evaluation


Criteria

Course objectives will be assessed by evaluating the student's knowledge and understanding of course material by performance on four major grades, including exams and a comprehensive final.

Breakdown

Exams and comprehensive final is worth 10-30% of the course grade, written or other assignments and quizzes.

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


Class attendance is essential, therefore students are required to promptly and regularly attend class.  Makeup exams are allowed upon approval by instructor.

Schedule


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Lecture
Week 1
A Bldg 109
Chapter 2

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Lecture
Week 2
A Bldg 109
Chapter 2 (cont.)

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Lecture
Week 3
A Bldg 109
Chapter 4

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Lecture
Week 4
A Bldg 109
Chapter 4 (cont.)

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Lecture
Week 5
A Bldg 109
Chapter 3

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Lecture
Week 6
A Bldg 109
Chapter 5

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Lecture
Week 7
A Bldg 109
Chapter 6

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Lecture
Week 8
A Bldg 109
Chapters 7 & 8

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Lecture
Week 9
A Bldg 109
Chapter 9

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Lecture
Week 10
A Bldg 109
Chapters 10 & 11

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Lecture
Week 11
A Bldg 109
Chapter 12

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Lecture
Week 12
A Bldg 109
Chapters 13 & 14

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Lecture
Week 13
A Bldg 109
Chapter 15

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Lecture
Week 14
A Bldg 109
Chapters 16 & 17

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Lecture
Week 15
A Bldg 109
Chapter 18

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Lecture
Week 16
A Bldg 109
Chapter 19

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Total Hrs.         48

Calendar for Due Dates for Fall 2018

August 27                Classes Begin

September 20          Exam 1

October 16               Exam 2

November 8             Exam 3

December 11           Final Exam @12:45 pm