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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT


American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Spring 2019
  • Section 346 CRN-24885
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/14/2019 to 05/09/2019
  • Modified 01/11/2019

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, A106

Contact Information


Professor: Mrs. Lena Noel Denman

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM, A262

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

You will have four exams and a comprehensive final over the course of this semester. The first four exams will be all multiple choice. You need the AcuScan 28980 Scantron for all exams in my class.  Each exam will be weighted as 100 points of the 1,000 points available to earn of the course grade. The final will be 100 questions. The final is cumulative and will consist of 25 questions from each of the preceding examinations for a total of one hundred questions you have already seen and attempted.  The final will be weighted as 200 points out of 1,000 points possible in the class.

 

Research Case Studies

You will be assigned a role in a case study simulation. Your performance in this role and written memo turned in pertaining to this role will determine your grade on this section of the course.

Quizzes

Online quizzes are assigned for each chapter. Quizzes will consist of 10 questions over the assigned readings, documentaries or lecture. Quizzes cannot be made up or taken afterwards, unless a school approved trip or religious activity interferes that you have proper documentation for to present to me prior to that activity occurring. Grades will be made available immediately after submission through the "Progress" tab on ecampus, underneath "grades."  

Extra Credit

Students will be given an opportunity to earn five extra points for each unit by successfully completing the game assigned for that unit from the www.icivics.org (http://www.icivics.org/) website. Students will obtain credit by submitting a saved copy of the completion certificate to the ecampus email by the end of each unit.

Evaluation


Criteria

Exams 600 Points  

There will be four exams worth a maximum of one hundred points each. There will also be a cumulative final examination worth 200 points.

Research Case Studies 200 Points  

Rough Draft of Memo: 50 points

Final Draft of Memo: 75 points

Presentation: 50 points

Participation: 25 points

 

Quizzes 200 points  

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

Extra Credit 20 points  

There will be four extra credit assignments worth a maximum of five points per assignment.

 

Breakdown

A 900-1,000 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 date to drop this course with a "Q," is Friday, April 26, 2019.

Make Up Examinations

Make up exams will be given for school organization trips, religious activity with documentation and family emergencies with the proper documentation. They will not be in the same format as the original exam. Those needing to take a make up exam will have one week from the original exam date to arrange the make up exam. School trips and religious activities documentation must be provided to me at least one day prior to the activity.

Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture

Minutes

Weekly Hours

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Review of Syllabus

75

3

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

American Political Culture

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Martin Luther King -  Holiday

75

3

Wednesday , Jan. 23, 2019

American Political Culture

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

The Founding and the Constitution

75

3

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

The Founding and the Constitution

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Federalism

75

3

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

Federalism Group Project; Rough Draft of Memo Due

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Public Opinion

75

3

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

The Media

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Exam One

75

3

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Participation and Voting

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Political Parties

75

3

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

Campaigns and Elections

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Mar. 4, 2019

Groups and Interests

75

3

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019

Exam Two

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

Civil Rights; Final Draft of Memo Due

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 1, 2019

Congress

75

3

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019

Congress

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019

Judiciary  

75

3

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019

Exam Three

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 15, 2019

The Presidency

75

3

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019

Russia And Ukraine: A Case Study

75

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 22, 2019

Frontline: Putin’s Way Film

75

3

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019

Exam Four

75

Week Sixteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

 Class Presentations of Case Study

       75

3

                Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Review Day

       75

Week Seventeen – Finals Week

 

      LEC

  Weekly

                       Monday, May 06, 2019

 

 

        3

                       Tuesday, May 07, 2019

 

 

                Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Final Exam (5:45PM-8:00PM)

 

Thursday, May 09, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours

 

48 hr.