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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Fall 2020
  • Sections 59C CRN-19098, 59D CRN-19100
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/19/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 10/03/2020

Meeting Times

Section C

Class 1:25 pm - 2:40 pm M T Building 121      
Remote 1:25 pm - 2:40 pm W Remote    

Section D

Remote 1:25 pm - 2:40 pm M Remote      
Class 1:25 pm - 2:40 pm W T Building 121    

Contact Information

Email:  You can access D2L (eCampus) email by clicking on 'Tools > Email' at the top right of your eCampus screen.  My email within eCampus is: [email protected] (You can only email to this address from within eCampus)

You can also email me at [email protected] in the event eCampus is down. If using this email, please add your class section to the email title.  (You can only email this email address from outside eCampus)


Faculty are not to meet  students in person.

I will respond to emails within 24 hours (M-F) and 36 hours on the weekends.


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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


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:


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.




  • EDITION:  12E
  • ISBN: 9780393431261


Course Requirements

During the semester students will be assigned the following:

Four exams(100 points each) (counting the highest three)Honorlock is required on exams

Eight   Participation Quizzes (counting the  highest  Seven grades) (70 points total )

Three Discussion Post Question (10 points each)(30 points total)

One  comprehensive final exam (200 points) Honorlock is required on Final Exam







F=359 and below

Grades are not subject to negotiation.  Do not ask me to round up your grade or for additional extra credit.

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.

Last Day to drop with a "Q" is Monday Nov 30th

Make-up Exams

Your  exams quizzes discussion questions and final will be taken online. You will have multiple days to take the exam; therefore, without prior approval, a missed exam may not be made up.

Exams missed without prior approval from the instructor will be allowed only at the instructor's discretion.

Late Assignments

Online assignments must be taken by the designated due date. These will not be reopened for any reason. Quizzes ,Questions and extra credit can not be turned in late.

Academic Dishonesty

Using others' work to pass off as your own is plagiarism and includes, but is not limited to: not citing sources even when paraphrasing, using direct quotes without quotation marks, using direct quotes without a citation, changing the wording of a direct quote without a citation, not citing statistics you did not compile yourself, copying another student's work, etc.

Copying another's work and simply changing a handful of words is still plagiarism - it is generally obvious as the words chosen are often out of context. Please submit only original work, unless citations are used correctly.

Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in an "F" on that assignment, with further action if necessary.

Cheating on an exam will result in an automatic zero. Contrary to popular belief, online courses are not meant to be easy A's - do the work and you will do well in this course. 

Computer Access

Since this is an online course, you must have reliable access to both a computer and to the Internet. This is your responsibility. Be aware that online courses do not work well, if at all, with tablets and smartphones. To make things easier, do your work on either a laptop or a desktop computer. Also be aware of the challenges of different browsers; always have a backup browser.

Please take potential technical issues into account and submit your assignments in advance of the deadline rather than the last few hours before the deadline. Deadlines are strict. 

Given the great deal of time that is given to complete the various assignments, using the excuse of computer problems is not valid and will not be accepted. If you are having technical problems logging on, saving answers, etc., please contact the Distance Learning Office (979-209-7298 or and click on ‘technical assistance’ or ‘student assistance’) as soon as the problem occurs. 


Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture Hours


Weekly Hours

Monday, October 19, 2020

Lecture chapter 2




Tuesday, October 20, 2020




Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Lecture chapter 2



Thursday, October 22, 2020




Friday, October 23, 2020




Week Two





Monday, October 26, 2020

Lecture chapter2/3




Tuesday, October 27, 2020




Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Lecture chapter 3

Chapter 1 quiz due

Chapter 2 DQ due

Chapter 3 quiz Due



Thursday, October 29, 2020




Friday, October 30, 2020

Exam 1 Due Chapters  1,2,3,4



Week Three





Monday, November 02, 2020

Lecture chapter 13




Tuesday, November 03, 2020




Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Lecture chapter 13,12



Thursday, November 05, 2020




Friday, November 06, 2020




Week Four





Monday, November 09, 2020

Lecture 12

Chapter 5 quiz due

Chapter 12 quiz due

Chapter 13 DQ due





Tuesday, November 10, 2020




Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Exam 2 due chapters 5,12,13,14

Lecture chapter 15




Thursday, November 12, 2020




Friday, November 13, 2020




Week Five





Monday, November 16, 2020

Lecture chapter 15




Tuesday, November 17, 2020




Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Lecture chapter  9



Thursday, November 19, 2020




Friday, November 20, 2020

Chapter 10DQ due

Chapter 11 Quiz Due

Chapter 15 quiz Due



Week Six





Monday, November 23, 2020

Lecture chapter 11




Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Exam 3 due chapters 9,10,11,15



Wednesday, November 25 2020

Thanksgiving Holiday



Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Holiday



Friday, November 27, 2020

Thanksgiving Holiday



Week Seven





Monday, November 30, 2020

Online only after thanksgiving hoilday

Last Day to Drop Classes with a “Q.”

Chapter 6




Tuesday, December 01, 2020




Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Chapter 7



Thursday, December 03, 2020




Friday, December 04, 2020




Week Eight





Monday, December 07, 2020

Chapter 8

Chapter 6 quiz due

Chapter 8 quiz due




Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Exam 4 due chapters 6,7,8



Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Unfinished Business

Last Class Day



Thursday, December 10, 2020

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




Total Contact Hours