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Brenham · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Fall 2021
  • Section B04 CRN-18961
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 10/22/2021

Meeting Times

This class is an 8 week blended Government 2305 class that meets in person on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:35 to 11:50 am in room 15 of the Academic Building.  Half of the lessons will be delivered online through the eCampus classroom.

Contact Information

Professor: Alan Lehmann

Email: [email protected]
Office: Room C03, Classroom Building on Brenham campus
Phone: 979 830-4226


Office hours:

Monday 9 to 10:30 am and 1 to 2 pm

Tuesday 9 to 10:30 am and 1 to 4 pm

Wednesday 9 to 10:30 am and 1 to 2 pm

Thursday 9 to 10:30 am and 1 to 4 pm

Friday 9 am to noon


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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:  13E
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-53902-8

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Course Requirements

A)    Please read this section very carefully and be aware of the implications for your successful progress in this course.  Government 2305 is designed to allow you a successful and enjoyable introduction to the many facets of Government at the college level.  It is designed to challenge you as well as keep you stimulated.  In spite of this, Government 2305 should not be too difficult for you if YOU KEEP UP WITH THE ASSIGNED READINGS!


Class lectures and discussions will NOT necessarily cover the same material as in the text.  Periodically, handouts will be used to present concepts, applications and examination of selected materials to achieve course learning outcomes.  However, examinations will be derived from class lectures, handouts, assignments and the text.


B)    Examinations: It is the instructor's policy that all students take the exams at the scheduled time.  All deviations must be excused in advance.  In instances of emergencies, the STUDENT MUST inform the instructor as soon as possible.  It is the instructor's decision whether an absence is excused.  Failure to take an exam at the scheduled time without and excuse will result in a score of zero (0).  Exams (including the comprehensive final) will be primarily multiple choice, true false and fill-in-the-blank. However, if the instructor decides to allow a makeup exam, the student should expect an essay exam.


Grading Method:


Three Major Exams (14% each)-         46%

Comprehensive Final                          30%

8 quizzes (top 7 grades)                     10%

Essay                                          8%

7 forum posts                                    6%


Total                                                    100%





Grading scale (out of 655 possible points):


589 or more:       A

524-588:            B

458-523             C

394-457:            D

Less than 393 points:    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.

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

Course Policies

When you take quizzes or exams, you are to use only your memory.  So use of books, notes, phones, computers, other people are all prohibited.  If I can't proctor your quizzes and exams in person, you will take them online using Honorlock.

When you write assignments, you are not allowed to plagiarize.  If you are not certain how to use sources or citations, please ask me for guidance.  The Blinn Writing Center will also help if you give them time to work with you.

Any violation of these rules will result in severe grade penalties, up to and including a 0 on the assignment.


I won't allow makeups for non-excused absences on the note quizzes.  I will assess unexcused absences for quizzes and exams on a case by case basis.  If I do allow a makeup on a quiz or exam for an absence, expect an essay exam or a different quiz.

If you have to drop the class for ANY reason, do it by December 3rd, that is the last day to Q drop a class.


Week One 

Meeting Details 



Monday, October 25, 2021 

Constitutional history 






Wednesday, October 27, 2021 

Constitution and Federalism 








Week Two 

Meeting Details 



Monday, November 1, 2021







Wednesday, November 3, 2021 

Exam 1








Week Three 

Meeting Details 



Monday, November 8, 2021 

Bill of Rights 






Wednesday, November 10, 2021 









Week Four 

Meeting Details 



Monday, November 15, 2021 

Electoral college and presidency 






Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

Exam II








Week Five 

Meeting Details 



Monday, November 22, 2021 

Congressional structure and power 






Wednesday, November 24 , 2021 

Thanksgiving Holiday








Week Six 

Meeting Details 



Monday, November 29, 2021 

Congress and elections,






Wednesday, December 1, 2021 

  Politics and public opinion


Friday, December 3, 2021

IMPORTANT - Last Day to Drop with a "Q"





Week Seven 

Meeting Details 



Monday, December 6, 2021 

Exam III






Wednesday, December 8, 2021 

Judicial branch functions and procedures   







Week Eight 

Meeting Details 







Monday, December 13, 2021 

Government policies and government theories  





Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Final exam























Total contact hours