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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2021
  • Section B43 CRN-19018
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 10/26/2021

Meeting Times

9:10 AM- 11:50 AM, FRIDAY
BUILDING A, ROOM 106

Contact Information

Jonnathon Hicks
Email- [email protected]
Phone- (979) 209-8212


Online Office Hours- 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday- 8:00-9:30 AM, 4:30-5:30 PM
Link to meeting:
https://blinn-edu.zoom.us/j/86755236828?pwd=SU05SHhIei9VdGRLTkRSKzNjSGIyUT09 

Building A, Room 261

You may also contact me via Ecampus 

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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: 100 points

Quizzing will be done online. The schedule contains the due dates for each quiz, with the cut-off time being 11:59 PM. There will be a total of 10 quizzes during the course, with each quiz worth up to 10 points. A categorization of the chapters each quiz covers is as follows-

  • Quiz 1- Chapters 2 and 3
  • Quiz 2- Chapter 12
  • Quiz 3- Chapters 13 and 14
  • Quiz 4- Chapters 1 and 15
  • Quiz 5- Chapters 4 and 5
  • Quiz 6- Chapters 6 and 7
  • Quiz 7- Chapters 8 and 9
  • Quiz 8- Chapters 10 and 11
  • Quiz 9- Chapter 16
  • Quiz 10- Chapters 17 and 18

Exams: 500 points

There will be three (3) standard examinations covering specific sections of subject matter. Each of these exams will be worth a maximum of 100 points. The exams will be multiple choice questions taken from the textbook and lecture. The final exam will be worth 200 points and will be comprehensive. 

Use of another version/edition of the textbook other than the approved version is done at your own risk!

All tests will be done ONLINE DUE the scheduled days. A categorization of the chapters each test covers is as follows:

  • Exam 1: Chapters 2, 3, 12, 13, 14
  • Exam 2: Chapters 1, 15, 4, 5
  • Exam 3: Chapters  6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
  • Final: Chapters 16, 17, 18, Comprehensive 

The chapters covered on each test are also available on the calendar section provided at the end of this syllabus.

The following applies to the classroom environment during all testing:

  • No books or notes are allowed during the tests.
  • No electronic devices used to look up answers
  • No sharing of answers or information with other students is allowed during the tests.
  • Nobody shall leave the room except in an emergency and only with the specific permission of the instructor.
  • If granted permission to leave the room during an exam, the student must turnover to the instructor any electronic device that may be in their possession.
  • All tests will be done in class on the specified days.
  • Note: The activities identified above, if violations of the testing requirements are carried out and discovered by the instructor, shall be considered cheating and result in a non-replaceable grade of 0 (zero) for the test. Stiffer penalties are in order for any repeat incident. No exceptions.          

 

Participation: 200 points

There will be a total of 20 participation point opportunities, including discussion activities, judicial simulations, discussion forums and written reflections. Each assessment is worth up to 10 points. As this is a blended class, most of the work is online, but there will be in class assessments as noted in the schedule. The discussion forum and dropbox assignments will be due at 11:59 PM on the day they are due.  In the event of a written assessment, while spelling and grammatical errors may not be strictly enforced, points will be deducted where the errors are so profound that they take away the instructor’s ability to comprehend the point being made.

Legislation Simulation: 100 points

There will be an in-class legislative simulation and reflection paper turned in during class. Students will participate in the simulation as members of Congress attempting to pass legislation. 

Media Bias Project: 100 points
You will find at least three different sources of the same news story, and compare and contrast them in a 4-5 page double spaced paper. An announcement in class in class will be made later to go over the project in more detail.

Evaluation

Grades will be calculated as follows: Points earned are totaled on all the assignments and compared to the table below- there is a maximum of 500 points (excluding bonuses):

900 points and over- Grade of 'A' and four (4) grade points

800-899 points- Grade of 'B' and three (3) grade points

700-799 points- Grade of 'C' and two (2) grade points

600-699 points- Grade of 'D' and one (1) grade point

Fewer than 599 points- Grade of 'F' and zero (0) grade points

Breakdown

A score will be provided on each graded exam, homework assignment, quiz, and project. This is for the specific purpose of providing the student a general idea on how they ranked on the common grading scale. Points are earned throughout the course and will be compared to the table above at the end of the term to determine the student’s grade. Do keep in mind that, while grades are rounded up at the .5 mark or greater, anything less remains in the lower grade category. For example, an 89.5% would be the equivalent of an ‘A’ after rounding up to a 90%.

If there are extenuating, documented circumstances, a grade of "I" may be assigned, following current Blinn policies. If a student withdraws (drops) from class a grade of "Q", "QP", or "QF" will be given, depending on the date of the student's withdrawal and their current grade. Note: There may be occasions when points will be added to a student's grade to reward actions above expectations

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

Absences

Students are expected to attend class.  It is the student’s responsibility to see the instructor concerning absences.  Students will NOT be dropped from the course by the instructor.  If a student chooses to drop the course, it is the student’s responsibility to do so at the Office of Admissions and Records.  Failure to do so will result in a grade of “F” for the course.

You must be present in class the day of the scheduled classroom day.  You must answer roll call or sign in on the sign-in sheet to be counted as present. You will be considered tardy if you sign in after class is scheduled to begin, unless arrangements have been previously made with the instructor. Depending on consistency, you may lose grade points for being tardy.

It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of any known absence in advance. If an unexpected absence does occur, it is expected of the student to contact the instructor at the earliest possible time to inform them of their situation.

Students are not allowed to leave the class without first informing the instructor. An early departure, without instructor approval, will be treated in the same manner as a tardy.

Course Work

The instructor will provide specific information on how homework assignments are to be completed and the deadline for their completion. It is the student’s responsibility to keep themselves mindful of all approaching dates related to class events.


Make-up Policy: If students wish to make up their assessment they must do the following- 1.) Email me BEFORE you miss. 2.) Schedule a time with me during my office hours within ONE WEEK of the missed date. If less than a week before exam over material you must come in before that test. If you cannot make my office hours, I will work with you to schedule a time to come in. 3.) Come in to my office, you will perform a make-up assignment. Documentation may be requested at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Etiquette  

Cellular phones and pagers must be turned on silent before entering the classroom. If you are expecting an emergency call or text, please let me know.

Laptops are allowed for purposes of taking notes and performing research tasks. They are not to be used for extra-curricular activities not directly associated with course subject matter and permitted by the instructor.

Devices used for the purpose of recording lectures will be authorized if arrangements are made with the instructor in advance. Any unauthorized recording may be considered a violation of classroom etiquette policy as well as intellectual property rights.

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism or collusion.  Procedures for dealing with these acts are outlined in the Scholastic Dishonesty Policy.

As you can see by the Schedule section below, there will be firm due dates for each section of course material.

Any material not completed by the test date will be assigned a grade of 0 (zero). Once a section has expired, further work associated with that section will not be allowed unless specifically authorized by the instructor.

Be prepared to take notes on lectures. Lectures are key to successful grades on the exams and course completion.

System Requirements
Note: The below are minimum requirements for participation in online courses at Blinn College. Specific programs and courses may have further hardware, software, and/or system specifications. Please check with your instructor (or refer to your course syllabus) for any additional system requirements.
Minimum Processor and RAM:
Dual Core 2GHz or higher with 4GB of RAM
Operating Systems:
Windows 10 or higher
MacOSX 10.13 or higher
Browser:
Google Chrome (version 79 or Higher)
Internet:
Broadband with a minimum of 1.5 Mbps download and 750 Kbps upload speeds
Peripherals:
Webcam (Built in or USB plugin)
Microphone (Built in or USB plugin) 
 
To succeed in their courses, students also will need Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint for some assignments. These Microsoft Office programs are available for all students to download for free using their Blinn Buc email accounts. To install Microsoft Office 365, please visit https://my.blinn.edu/TechnologyServices/Pages/Microsoft-Office-365.aspx or contact Academic Technology at 979-830-435

Schedule

LECTURES ON THE FOLLOWING CHAPTERS WILL BE ADDED TO ECAMPUS-

CHAPTER 3 FEDERALISM, CHAPTER 14 BUREACRACY IN A DEMOCRACY (WEEK 2)

CHAPTER 8: POLITICAL PARTICIPATION (WEEK 6)

CHAPTER 16: ECONOMIC POLICY (WEEK 7)

 

DUE ON ECAMPUS: 

ASSESSMENT 1, ASSESSMENT 2, ASSESSMENT 3- NOVEMBER 03, 2021

QUIZ 1- NOVEMBER 03, 2021

ASSESSMENT 5- NOVEMBER 10, 2021

QUIZ 2, QUIZ 3- NOVEMBER 10, 2021

EXAM 1- NOVEMBER 11, 2021

ASSESSMENT 7- NOVEMBER 17, 2021

QUIZ 4- NOVEMBER 17, 2021

ASSESSMENT 9- NOVEMBER 22, 2021

QUIZ 5- NOVEMBER 22, 2021

EXAM 2- NOVEMBER 22, 2021

ASSESSMENT 10- DECEMBER 2, 2021

QUIZ 6- DECEMBER 2, 2021

ASSESSMENT 13, ASSESSMENT 14- DECEMBER 8, 2021

QUIZ 7, QUIZ 8- DECEMBER 8, 2021

EXAM 3- DECEMBER 11, 2021

MEDIA BIAS PROJECT- DECEMBER 12, 2021

ASSESSMENT 17, ASSESSMENT 18- DECEMBER 13, 2021

QUIZ 9- DECEMBER 13, 2021

ASSESSMENT 19, ASSESSMENT 20- DECEMBER 14, 2021

QUIZ 10- DECEMBER 14, 2021

FINAL EXAM- DUE DECEMBER 15TH BY 5:30 PM

Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture Hours

LAB

Weekly Hours

Friday, October 29, 2021

Intro to Class/Syllabus/Chapter 2: Founding and the Constitution/Halloween Lecture. 

 

 

 

Week Two

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Friday, November 05, 2021

Chapter 12: Congress/Legislation Simulation/Chapter 13: The Presidency DUE IN CLASS: LEGSILATION SIMULATION, ASSESSMENT 4

 

 

 

Week Three

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Friday, November 12, 2021

Chapter 1: American Political Culture/Chapter 15: The Federal Courts/Chapter 4: Civil Liberties DUE IN CLASS: ASSESSMENT 6

 

 

 

Week Four

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Friday, November 19, 2021

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties/Chapter 5: Civil Rights/Chapter 6: Public Opinion DUE IN CLASS: ASSESSMENT 8

 

 

 

Week Five

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

Week Six

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Friday, December 03, 2021

 

Chapter 7: The Media/Chapter 9: Political Parties/Chapter 10: Campaigns and Elections DUE IN CLASS: ASSESSMENT 11, ASSESSMENT 12

 

 

 

Week Seven

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Friday, December 10, 2021

Chapter 11: Groups and Interests/Chapter 17: Social Policy/Chapter 18: Foreign Policy DUE IN CLASS: ASSESSMENT 15, ASSESSMENT 16

 

 

 

Week Eight

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 13, 2021

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 09, 2021

FINAL EXAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours