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Sealy Campus · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2020
  • Sections 99A CRN-20448, 99B CRN-20449
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/24/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 08/26/2020

JMJ              JMC               Extra-curricular activities 

Meeting Times

American Government
Blend w Live Online - 20448 - GOVT 2305 - 99A
American Government
Blend w Live Online - 20449 - GOVT 2305 - 99B
Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Class 7:25 am - 8:40 am T Sealy Campus Main Building 112 Aug 24, 2020 - Dec 10, 2020 Lecture JJ Thaddaus Hill (P)E-mail
Remote 7:25 am - 8:40 am R Remote Aug 24, 2020 - Dec 10, 2020 Lecture JJ Thaddaus Hill (P)E-mail
Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Remote 7:25 am - 8:40 am T Remote Aug 24, 2020 - Dec 10, 2020 Lecture JJ Thaddaus Hill (P)E-mail
Class 7:25 am - 8:40 am R Sealy Campus Main Building 112 Aug 24, 2020 - Dec 10, 2020 Lecture JJ Thaddaus Hill (P)E-mail

Contact Information

Off campus call: +19792098998   and      request #2210
On campus simply call #2210

Thaddaus Hill

Office Hrs: before and after class

[email protected]

PLEASE USE THIS E-MAIL NOT

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

REQUIRED |By GINSBERG

  • EDITION:  12E
  • PUBLISHER:   NORTON
  • ISBN: 9780393431261

 

Course Requirements

Three major exams and one comprehensive final exam. 

Any material covered in class or from outside assignments may be on the exams. These may include but are not limited to current events ( local, state, national and international ) as well as hand-outs and videos.

All exams will include information from chapter readings as well as supplemental material.

Make-ups are taken on the day of the final exam. Make-ups may be the exam itself or, at the instructor's discretion, the score from the final exam may be substituted for any missed exams. 

Instructor reserves the right to alter topics, exams and or exam dates.

Evaluation

3 exams         22.5% each

1 final exam   22.5% 

participation   10%

 

Due to the extra credit given throughout the semester I do not round up grades. An example this would be a grade of 89.8% that would not be rounded up to 90% but would be 89% even.

 

Instructor reserves the right to alter topics, exams and or exam dates.

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.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.

Course Policies

Please read: Fall 2020 General Course Policies.

 

No recording devices, both audio or visual, without the instructor's permission.

Absences: 

1, the door will be closed when class starts

2, roll will be taken

3, the door will then be opened for those arriving late

Please note that if a student is not in the room while roll is taken they will be marked as absent.

Civility Statement ( from the Handbook )

 

Schedule

 

 

 

Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture Minutes

Weekly Hours

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

First Day of Class

75

3

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Syllabus

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

List of Elected and Appointed Officials

75

3

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Ch 1, Political Culture

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Ch 1, Political Culture / worksheet Ch 2

75

3

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Discuss Worksheet Ch 2 

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

US Constitution Intro

75

3

Thursday, September 17, 2020

US Constitution 

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

US Constitution

75

3

Thursday, September 24, 2020

 Review

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

 Exam I, all material covered to this date

75

3

Thursday, October 01, 2020

 Review Exam I questions

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Ch 12, US Congress Terms / Begin Worksheet

Ch 3, Federalism

75

3

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Ch 3, Review Federalism Worksheet

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ch 3, Federalism

75

3

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Ch 3, Federalism

75

Week Nine

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Electoral College

75

 3

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Review for Exam

75

Week Ten

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Exam II, all material covered to this date

75

3

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Review Exam

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Ch 12, US Congress Worksheet

75

3

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Review Worksheet

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Ch 12, Congress

75

3

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Ch 12, Congress

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Ch 13, US Presidency Worksheet / begin notes on Presidency

75

3

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Ch 13, US Presidency

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 Exam III, all material  covered to this date

75

3

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Nov 30, 2020 last to "Q" drop

 

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

 Ch 15, Federal Courts Worksheet and notes

75

3

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Ch 18, Foreign Policy

75

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, December 07, 2020

Final Schedule TBA – Final (2.7 hours) Counts 3 hours

 
Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

 

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

 

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours

 

48 hrs.