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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT


American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Spring 2019
  • Section 329 CRN-25630
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/14/2019 to 05/09/2019
  • Modified 01/10/2019

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, A109

Contact Information


Professor: Mr. Joseph Denman

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: Academic Bldg. A-284 (Bryan Campus)
  • Phone: (979) 209-7540

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM, A284

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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


Exams

Exams # 1-4 will be multiple choice with 50 questions covering the material covered for each unit. The Final will be cumulative with 100 multiple choice questions. Make-Up exams will be given for school organization trips, religious activities with documentation, medical emergencies with documentation, and family emergencies with documentation and will vary from the original format. Those needing to take make-up exams will have one week to arrange the exam. School trips & religious activities need to arrange at least one day in advance.

Research Assignments

Study the readings assigned and answer the attached questions. The question and answer should be typed in a word document with Times New Roman, 12 point font.  All citations must be cited correctly internally and in the works cited page in MLA format. The paper is due in the ecampus classroom on test day for each unit. 

Quizzes

Quizzes are assigned for each chapter. Quizzes will consist of 5 questions over the assigned readings or lecture. Quizzes cannot be made up or taken afterwards, unless on a school approved trip or religious activity with documentation. 

Evaluation


Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Exams 600 points

There will be four regular exams worth a maximum of one hundred points per exam. There will also be a cumulative final exam worth a maximum of two hundred points.

Research Assignments 200 points

There will be four research assignments worth a maximum of one hundred points per assignment. Only the two highest scores will be recorded.

Quizzes 200 points

There will be twenty quizzes worth a maximum of ten points per quiz.

Breakdown

Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 900-1000 points
B 800-899 points
C 700-799 points
D 600-699 points
F 0-599 points

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


"Q" Drop Date

The last day to drop the course with a "Q" grade is Friday, April 26th.

Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture

Minutes

Weekly Hours

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Welcome & Orientation

75

3

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Political Culture

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Martin Luther King - Holiday

75

3

Wednesday , Jan. 23, 2019

Constitution

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

Constitution

75

3

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

Federalism

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Public Opinion

75

3

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

Media

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Exam #1; Research Assignment #1 Due

75

3

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

Voting & Elections

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Parties

75

3

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Campaigning

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Interest Groups

75

3

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

Interest Groups

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Mar. 4, 2019

Exam #2; Research Assignment #2 Due

75

3

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019

Big Sky, Big Money Film

75

Week Nine

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Mar. 11, 2019

Spring Break

 

 

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019

Spring Break

 

Week Ten

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Mar. 18, 2019

Civil Liberties

75

3

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019

Civil Liberties

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Mar. 25, 2019

Civil Rights

75

3

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019

Congress

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 1, 2019

Congress

75

3

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019

Judiciary

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019

Exam #3; Research Assignment #3 Due

75

3

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019

Presidency

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 15, 2019

Bureaucracy

75

3

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019

Economic Policy

75

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 22, 2019

Social Policy

75

3

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019

Foreign Policy

75

Week Sixteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

Exam #4; Research Assignment #4 Due

75

3

               Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Freedom Summer Film

75

Week Seventeen – Finals Week

 

       LEC

Weekly

Monday, May 06, 2019

Final Exam (3:15-5:30 PM)

 

       3

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

 

 

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

 

 

Thursday, May 09, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours

 

48 hr.