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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Fall 2020
  • Sections 53G CRN-19146, 53H CRN-19147
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/19/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 10/17/2020

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, A106

Contact Information

Professor: Lena Denman

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM, A262


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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


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 Assignments

Write a 500-1000 word essay that describes one of the topics assigned for the course. The essay should fully answer the questions with supporting citations in MLA format. The paper should be double spaced with 12 point font and normal alignments.


Quizzes will be conducted in class. Quizzes will consist of review questions over lecture and your textbook. Quizzes can be made up in my office if you were unable to attend class due to illness and you have a doctor's note. There will be ten quizzes worth a maximum of twenty points per quiz. Quiz grades will be available within 24 hours through the "Progress" tab on e-campus, 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 ( website. Students will obtain credit by submitting a saved copy of the completion certificate to the ecampus email by the end of each unit.




Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
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 Assignment 200 points

You will be assigned four research assignments this semester. I will drop your two lowest scores. 

Quizzes 200 points

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

Extra Credit 50 points

There will be seven extra credit assignments worth a maximum of ten points per assignment.


Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
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.

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

"Q" Drop

The last day to  drop this course with a "Q" grade is Monday, November 30, 2020.


Week One

Meeting Details




Monday, October 19, 2020





Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Welcome & Orientation



Wednesday, October 21, 2020




Thursday, October 22, 2020

Chapter 2: Constitutional Development



Sunday, October 25, 2020

Chapter 12: Congress




InQuizitive Ch. 2 &12




Week Two





Monday, October 26, 2020





Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Chapter 8: Campaigns



Wednesday, October 28, 2020




Thursday, October 29, 2020

Chapter 10: Elections



Sunday, November 01, 2020

Chapter 9: Political Parties & Exam #1




InQuizitive Ch.8,10, 9




Week Three





Monday, November 02, 2020





Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Chapter 13: Presidency



Wednesday, November 04, 2020




Thursday, November 05, 2020

Chapter 14: Bureaucracy



Sunday, November 08, 2020

Chapter 16: Economic Policy & Chapter 17: Social Policy




InQuizitive Ch. 13,14, 16, 17




Week Four





Monday, November 09, 2020





Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Chapter 18: Foreign Policy



Wednesday, November 11, 2020




Thursday, November 12, 2020

Chapter 15: Judiciary



Sunday, November 15, 2020

Chapter 1: Political Culture & Exam #2




InQuizitive Ch. 18, 15, 1




Week Five










Monday, November 16, 2020





Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Chapter 6: Public Opinion



Wednesday, November 18, 2020




Thursday, November 19, 2020

Chapter 7: Media



Sunday, November 22, 2020

Chapter 3: Federalism & Exam #3




InQuizitive Ch. 6, 7 & 3




Week Six





Monday, November 23, 2020





Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties



Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Blinn Holiday



Thursday, November 26, 2020

Blinn Holiday



Sunday, November 29, 2020

Blinn Holiday




Film: Big Sky, Big Money InQuizitive Ch. 4




Week Seven





Monday, November 30, 2020





Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Chapter 5: Civil Rights



Wednesday, December 02, 2020




Thursday, December 03, 2020

Chapter 11: Interest Groups



Sunday, December 06, 2020

Film: Freedom Riders & Exam #4




Inquisitive Ch. 5, 11




Week Eight





Monday, December 07, 2020





Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Final Exam
















Total Contact Hours