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Brenham · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2021
  • Section B05 CRN-18979
  • 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 Tuesday and Thursday 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

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

https://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:  13E
  • PUBLISHER:   NORTON
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-53902-8

First Day Inclusive Access

 

Print upgrade ISBN 978-0-393-87633-8

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.

Evaluation

Grading Method:

 

Three Major Exams (14% each)-         46%

Comprehensive Final                          30%

8 quizzes (top 7 grades)                     10%

Essay                                          8%

7 forum posts                                    6%

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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.

Attendence

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.

Schedule

Week One 

Meeting Details 

Lecture 

Weekly 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 

Constitutional history 

 

6 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 28, 2021 

Constitution and Federalism 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Two 

Meeting Details 

Lecture 

Weekly 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Federalism 

 

6 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 4, 2021 

Exam 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Three 

Meeting Details 

Lecture 

Weekly 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 

Bill of Rights 

 

6 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 11, 2021 

Amendments 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Four 

Meeting Details 

Lecture 

Weekly 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 

Electoral college and presidency 

 

6 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 18, 2021 

Exam II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Five 

Meeting Details 

Lecture 

Weekly 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 

Congressional structure and power 

 

6 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 25 , 2021 

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Six 

Meeting Details 

Lecture 

Weekly 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 

Congress and elections,

 

6 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 2, 2021 

  Politics and public opinion

 

Friday, December 3, 2021

IMPORTANT - Last Day to Drop with a "Q"

 

 

 

 

Week Seven 

Meeting Details 

Lecture 

Weekly 

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 

Exam III

 

6 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 9, 2021 

Judicial branch functions and procedures   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Eight 

Meeting Details 

Lecture 

Weekly 

 

 

 

6 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 

Government policies and government theories  

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Final exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total contact hours