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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2021
  • Section 304 CRN-19000
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 11/29/2021

Meeting Times

Lecture

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, Room A-222

Contact Information

Professor: Mr. Michael Burnside

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Virtual

Office Hour of  10-27 will be moved to 10-26.

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

Quizzes (bonus points)                                       up to 20 bonus points added to total grade points

4 Major Exams (lowest grade is dropped)  15% each                         45% of total grade

Writing Assignment                                                                                    15% of total grade

Attendance                                                                                                  10% of total grade

Syllabus Quiz - required                                                                                5% of total grade

Final Exam - required                                                                                   25% of total grade

Evaluation

Breakdown

900 - 1000 points (89.5% +)            =  'A'

800  - 899  points (79.5% - 89.4%)  =  'B'

700 -  799 points   (69.5% - 79.4%)  =  'C'

600  -  699 points   (59.5% - 69.4%)  = 'D'

< 600 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

Please read: Fall 2020 General Course Policies.

Be sure that you read the general course policies. 

In general, students are expected to take responsibility for their own work, keeping up-to-date on assignments and assignment due dates, any news that is posted in e-Campus, and preparation for class. Students are expected to initiate any administrative changes.   

Class Preparation: The schedule indicates the topic for the day and the reading assignment for the next session.  The reading assignment prepares students for the next class, and it also includes material that may appear on an exam.  The material presented in class assumes that the reading assignment has been completed.  However, if any material, whether in the textbook or in class, does not seem clear, students are encouraged to ask questions.  If you are not comfortable asking questions in class, please contact me with your question.  A vital part of the learning process is understanding what you don't know, what "doesn't make sense."  By all means, get clarification. 

Attendance: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class, based upon roll call.   Any student who is not present at the time of roll call will be assumed to be absent, and that absence will be marked as "unexcused." 

If a student arrives late, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor after class to make sure that their attendance is marked as 'present,' and not 'unexcused absence.' 

Students who are absent must provide documentation for an excused absence.  Ideally, documentation will be provided the day that the student returns.  However, if documentation is not provided on the first day back to class, the student will still have 2 more days to submit the documentation.

Attendance

Excused absences are allowed based on Blinn College policy and medical and legal issues that may cause a student to be absent. 

Illness, medical treatment or doctor's appointments are considered excused absences. 

All claims for an excused absence must be documented by a third party professional (e.g. a note from the Blinn College nurse or a clinic).   

Documentation must be submitted via email.

Excused absences do not effect the attendance grade; unexcused absences can effect the attendance grade.  

Based on Blinn College policy a student may be dropped from a class if 4 unexcused absences are accumulated during the semester.

Schedule

Week 1

Meeting Details

Hours

Weekly

Mon., Oct. 25, 2021

Pre-Test; Syllabus Highlights; [Ch. 1] The Declaration of Independence

Reading Assignment for next class: Read the DOI; Textbook: 39-46

1.5

6

Tues., Oct. 26, 2021

[Ch. 1] Sources of the DOI; America’s first constitution; Reading Assignment-Definitions: “government,” [5]; entire sidebar [7] “Limiting Government” [8]; “pluralism” [9]; Textbook:  46-54,56-57; Constitution-Preamble, Articles V, VI and VII

1.5

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

Syllabus Quiz; Ch. 2 Overview of the Constitution of 1787; ratification; adding amendments; Reading assignment, next class: Constitution- Article III; Text- pages 545-61

1.5

Thurs., Oct. 28, 2021

Ch. 15-The Judicial Branch- Terminology, organization and responsibilities; Reading assignment for next class – 561-74

1.5

 Week 2

Meeting Details

Hours

Weekly

Mon., Nov. 1, 2021

WRITING ASSIGNMENT “HANDOUT”;

Ch. 15-The Judicial Branch-The Supreme Court in action; no reading assignment

1.5

6

Tues., Nov. 2, 2021

ONLINE EXAM 1 ([Ch. 1] Political Theory, Declaration of Independence, Ch. 2 &

Ch. 15); RA – Ch. 4 -Text: 101-9, Constitution: First and Second Amendments

1.5

Wed., Nov. 3, 2021

Bring a copy of the Constitution for Chapter 4: Civil Liberties; Selective Incorporation; Freedom of Religion; RA - Text: 109-24

1.5

Thurs., Nov. 4, 2021

Ch. 4 - Freedom of speech & press; 2nd & 4th Amendments; RA: 124-33; Constitution: 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th Amendments

1.5

 Week 3

Meeting Details

Hours

Weekly

Mon., Nov. 8, 2021

FIRST WRITING ASSIGNMENT ACCEPTED-FOR BONUS POINTS; Freedom of speech & press; 2nd & 4th Amendments; RA: 124-33; Constitution: 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th Amendments

1.5

6

Tues., Nov. 9, 2021

Ch. 4: 5th - 9th Amendments; RA – 141-58

1.5

Wed., Nov. 10, 2021

Ch. 5 – Civil Rights: Two patterns for expanding civil rights; no reading assignment

1.5

Week 3 continued

Meeting Details

Hours

Thurs., Nov. 11, 2021

ONLINE EXAM 2-Ch. 4 and 5 (Civil Liberties and Civil Rights); RA: 438-55 and Article I

1.5

 Week 4

Meeting Details

Hours

Weekly

Mon., Nov. 15, 2021

WRITING ASSIGNMENT FINAL DUE DATE-NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED; Ch. 12-Congressional elections and passing legislation; RA: 455-67

1.5

6

Tues., Nov. 16, 2021

Ch. 12-Party politics in congressional action; RA: 475-88; Constitution: Article II

1.5

Wed., Nov. 17, 2021

Ch. 13-Powers of the President; RA: 493-503

1.5

Thurs., Nov. 18, 2021

Ch. 13 – The growth of presidential power; RA: 511-30

1.5

Week 5

Meeting Details

Hours

Weekly

Mon., Nov. 22, 2021

Ch. 14 – Federal bureaucracy’s tasks & organization; no reading assignment

1.5

6

Tues., Nov. 23, 2021

ONLINE EXAM 3 – Chapters 12-14 (Congress, Presidency & the Bureaucracy);

RA for next class: 583-95

1.5

Wed., Nov. 24, 2021

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS

1.5

Thurs., Nov. 25, 2021

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS

1.5

 

Week 6

Meeting Details

Hours

Weekly

Mon., Nov. 29, 2021

Ch. 16 -Economic Policy-Basic definitions and fiscal policy; RA: 596-8; 601-9

1.5

6

 

Tues., Nov. 30.  2021

Ch. 16-Monetary policy and a case study;

RA: 621-32

1.5

Wed., Dec. 1, 2021

Ch. 17 – Social Policy: The Welfare State;

RA: TBD

1.5

Thurs., Dec. 2 2021

Ch. 18 – Foreign Policy -Isolationism to world leader; no reading assignment

1.5

Friday, Dec. 3 2021

FINAL DAY FOR AUTOMATIC ‘Q’ DROP

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Week 7

Meeting Details

Hours

Weekly

Mon., Dec. 6, 2021

EXAM IV – Chapters 16, 17 and 18;

RA: 71-81

1.5

6

Tues., Dec. 7, 2021

Ch. 3 – Federalism: Definition, Creation and Implications; RA: 81-4, 86-89

1.5

Wed., Dec. 8, 2021

Ch. 3 – Redefining federalism through war and peace; 89-93

1.5

Thurs., Dec. 9 2021

Ch. 3 – The legacy of FDR

1.5

 

 

 

 

Week 8

Finals Week

Hours

Weekly

Mon., Dec. 13

Review for Final; Optional Bonus Quiz: Federalism

1.5

6

 

Tues., Dec. 14, 2021

Review for Final; Optional Bonus Quiz:

Post-Test

1.5

Wed., Dec. 15, 2021

Final Exam: 12:45 PM  - 3:00 PM

3.0

Thurs., Dec. 16, 2021

 

 

 

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

 

48