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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Fall 2021
  • Section B37 CRN-19146
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 08/23/2021

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, T118

Contact Information

Professor: Lena Denman

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 4:45 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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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.


We The People

  • Author: Ginsberg, Lowi, Weir, Tolbert & Campbell
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton
  • Edition: 13th
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-53902-8
  • Availability: First Day Inclusive Access

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

First Day Inclusive Access: Enter your eCampus classroom. Click on the Resources Tab. Click on FD Course Materials. Click Read Now on the textbook. 

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.


Online quizzes through W.W. Norton publishing are assigned for each chapter. We will be using the Inquisitive website. Complete each Inquisitive in alignment with the course schedule.

Quizzes cannot be made up or taken afterwards, unless a school approved trip or religious activity interferes that you have proper documentation for to present to me prior to that activity occurring. Grades will be made available immediately after submission through the "Progress" tab on eCampus, 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. 

InQuizitive 200 points

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

Extra Credit 50 points


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.

Course Policies

"Q" Drop

The last day to  drop this course with a "Q" grade is Friday, December 3, 2021.


Week One

Meeting Details




Monday, October 25, 2021





Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Welcome & Orientation



Wednesday, October 27, 2021




Thursday, October 28, 2021

Chapter 2: Constitutional Development



Friday, October 29, 2021

Chapter 12: Congress



Week Two





Monday, November 1, 2021





Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Chapter 8: Campaigns



Wednesday, November 3, 2021




Thursday, November 4, 2021

Chapter 10: Elections



Friday, November 5, 2021

Chapter 9: Political Parties & Exam #1



Week Three





Monday, November 8, 2021

Labor Day Holiday




Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Chapter 13: Presidency



Wednesday, November 10, 2021




Thursday, November 11, 2021

Chapter 14: Bureaucracy



Friday, November 12, 2021

Chapter 16: Economic Policy & Chapter 17: Social Policy



Week Four





Monday, November 15, 2021





Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Chapter 18: Foreign Policy



Wednesday, November 17, 2021




Thursday, November 18, 2021

Chapter 15: Judiciary



Friday, November 19, 2021

Chapter 1: Political Culture & Exam #2



Week Five










Monday, November 22, 2021





Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Chapter 6: Public Opinion



Wednesday, November 24, 2021




Thursday, November 25, 2021




Friday, November 26, 2021


Chapter 7: Media & Exam #3



Week Six





Monday, November 29, 2021





Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties



Wednesday, December 1, 2021




Thursday, December 2, 2021

Chapter 5: Civil Rights



Friday, December 3, 2021

Chapter 3: Federalism & Chapter 11: Interest Groups



Week Seven





Monday, December 6, 2021





Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Film: Big Sky, Big Money



Wednesday, December 8, 2021




Thursday, December 9, 2021

Film: Freedom Riders



Friday, December 10, 2021

Exam #4



Week Eight





Monday, December 13, 2021





Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Final Exam
















Total Contact Hours