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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT


American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Spring 2019
  • Section 406 CRN-24290
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/14/2019 to 05/09/2019
  • Modified 01/13/2019

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM, T 121

Office Hours

Thursday 10:30 -12:00

Academic 277

Contact Information


Instructor: Mr. Gentry Woodard

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

 

Current Events

The student should be familiar with current political events.

Lectures

The student is expected to attend class and take notes on lecture material.

Course Requirements


Tests

The student will complete FOUR (4) Tests throughout the semester over material covered.  Make-up tests will have a 10 point deduction.

The student will complete ONE (1) Comprehensive Final Exam that covers all material covered in class.

 

Quizzes

The student will complete FOUR (4) Pop Quizzes throughout the semester.

Quizzes Cannot Be Made Up!

The students lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

 

Writing/Class Assignments

The student will complete FIVE (5) Writing/Class Assignments.  Writing Assignments cannot be made up.

Evaluation


Criteria

Tests: 60%

Quizzes: 15%

Writing Assignments: 25%

Breakdown

90-100  A

80-89  B

70-79  C

60-69  D

59-below  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


Expectations

You WILL NOT do well in this class if you miss class, or do not pay attention in class.

Schedule


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
 

3

 

 

Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture Minutes

Weekly Hours

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Syllabus and Introduction to course

75

3

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Political Culture

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

The Constitution, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

75

3

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

The Constitution, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

Federalism

75

3

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

Federalism

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2019

Test 1

75

3

Thursday, Feb. 07, 2019

Media

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Media

75

3

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Political Parties

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Political Parties

75

3

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Elections and Voting

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

Elections and Voting

75

3

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

Interest Groups/Lobbying

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Mar. 05, 2019

Interest Groups/Lobbying

75

3

Thursday, Mar. 07, 2019

Test 2

75

Week Nine

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019

                                  Spring Break

 

 

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019

                                  Spring Break

 

Week Ten

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019

Congress

75

3

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019

Congress

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019

The Presidency

75

3

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019

The Presidency

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Apr. 02, 2019

The Courts

75

3

Thursday, Apr. 04, 2019

The Courts

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Apr. 09, 2019

 Test 3

75

3

Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019

Public Policy

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2019

Crime Policy

75

3

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019

Crime Policy

75

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019

Economic Policy

75

3

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019

Social Policy

75

Week Sixteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Apr. 30, 2019

 Test 4

75

3

Tuesday, May 02, 2019

Final Review

75

Week Seventeen - Finals Week

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, May 06, 2019

 

 

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

 

 

                    Thursday, May 09, 2019

7:45 am-10:00 am

 

 

April 26th, 2019: Drop Date

Total Contact Hours

 

48 hrs.