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RELLIS · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2021
  • Section B21 CRN-19266
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 10/25/2021

Meeting Times

This is a distance education course using a blended format in which "Students participate in Face-to-Face classes that take place on campus at a specific time and location. More than ½ of class content is posted online for students with no scheduled class sessions."

We have Face-to-Face (F2F) class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:10am to 10:25am and coursework completed on eCampus.

Contact Information

Professor Jeff Lee (he/him/his), 979-209-8893

Office Hours: 9:45-11:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays via Zoom. If you prefer to meet at a different time, feel free to email me with the two best times for you and I will reply to you with a confirmation time.

Zoom link for office hours meeting

Email: [email protected] or on eCampus; I will reply within 12 hours on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends. 

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

*On eCampus > Content (on blue tool bar toward top of page) > Syllabus and Textbook (on table of contents on left side of page)*

As a Distance Education course, some of our instruction and assessment is completed on eCampus; therefore, you need a reliable computer and internet access, and browser with required plug-ins supported by eCampus.

  • According to Distance Education policy, problems occurring due to an unreliable computer or internet connection, or unsupported browser are the responsibility of the student. Instructors are not able to make accommodations for these issues. 
  • Technical problems with the class should be directed to Distance Learning Help Desk

In order to maintain high academic standards, the following assessments are required to be proctored:  

Assessments to be proctored

Type of Proctoring

Course Orientation Quiz

Ch18 Quiz

Final Exam

Honorlock

Information about proctoring options

  • With Honorlock, students must have a high-speed reliable internet connection, webcam, and a microphone (if the webcam does not have one.)

What to expect regarding proctoring –

  • All online courses at Blinn College now have proctoring requirements. In this class, the Course Orientation Quiz, Ch18 Quiz, and Final Exam must be proctored.
  • Use a computer but not a tablet as there are too many reported issues with students using their tablets.  

With Honorlock, you DO NOT need to create an account, download software, or schedule an appointment in advance. It is available 24/7 and all that is needed is a computer, a working webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

1. Getting started: with Honorlock, you will need Google Chrome and the Honorlock Chrome Extension. You can download the extension at www.honorlock.com/extension/install

2. Authentication process: with Honorlock click "Launch Proctoring". You will take a picture of yourself, show your ID, and complete a scan of your room. Honorlock will be recording your exam session by webcam, as well as recording your screen. 

3. When you are ready to test, go to the assessment (quiz or exam) in our eCampus class and click on the assessment to begin.

**Failure to comply with the testing procedures and/or violations of academic integrity will at minimum result in a zero for this exam, with possibly additional academic consequences. Bottom line - look at the center of your computer screen where the questions are and nothing else and do not talk to others or aloud to yourself while taking the quiz/exam.

 

Course Requirements

Minor Assignments – Students will complete posts, discussions, and drop box submissions. See eCampus for minor assignments instructions > Modules 1-3, 5-7, 9-11, and 13-15. These instructions are found below the link for the given assignment.

Minor Exams: Students will complete three minor exams covering assigned chapters. All minor exams are completed on eCampus. See eCampus for minor exams instructions > Modules 4, 8, and 12. These instructions are found below the link for the given exam.

Final Exam: Students will complete one cumulative final exam. The final exam is completed on eCampus. See eCampus for final exam instructions > Module 16. These instructions are found below the link for the given assignment. The final exam must be proctored. 

Participation: Students will participate with preparedness, attentiveness, quality, and civility. Incivility in class communication and/or assignments will result in 30-50pt deduction in participation grade, depending on the severity of the action or if the action has already occurred with the individual student. 

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One or more of these requirements will address the Student Learning Outcomes above.

Evaluation

A - 100-90%, B - 89-80%, C - 79-70%, D - 69-60%, F - 59 and below

Minor Assignments Average - 30% of overall grade

Minor Exams Average - 30% of overall grade 

Final Exam - 30% of overall grade 

Participation - 10% of overall grade

 

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

Absence Policy Applied to This Class

A student's attendance is 'present' when at least one assignment for a given module is completed on time and 'absent' when zero assignments for a given module are completed on time.

Blinn Administration communicates with students about absences through the student's buc.blinn.edu student email account (Technology Services - email), thus it is vital to check that account regularly.   

Electronic Devices

Silence your electronic devices (phone, smart watch, tablet, and/or laptop), put them away, unseen, and do not use them in class. Messaging in class is rude, dismissive behavior. Laptops and tablets are too often used in class for non-class purposes. In the rare occasion that you anticipate an important message or call during class, simply come tell me of the situation before class and go outside the classroom to complete your communication when the time comes.

Make-Up Assignment Policy

Since all eCampus assignments are open from the first day of class and are accessible 24/7, there are no make-up opportunities for assignments. 

Copyright Notice

"Some of the materials utilized in this course are copyrighted. They are intended for use only by students enrolled in this course and only for instructional activities associated with and for the duration of the course. They may not be retained in another medium or disseminated." - Blinn College Distance Education

Schedule

Blinn College is in the US/Central Time Zone. Assignments and assessments are due according to the Central Time Zone.

Professor Lee will announce any changes to the schedule through eCampus posted announcements. 

Friday, Dec3, is last day to drop with a 'Q' for Fall 2021 2nd 8-week session

Assignments are open from the first day of class and close according to the dates below, at 9:00pm.

**For detailed weekly schedule with assignment links > eCampus > Content > see the 16 modules

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Module 1 (closes Oct27)
Course Orientation

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Course Orientation Quiz
    • The Course Orientation Quiz must be proctored

3 contact hours

Module 2 (closes Oct31)
Constitution

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Lecture Post 
  2. Declaration of Independence Discussion
  3. Chapter quiz attempt 1 and review
  4. Chapter quiz attempt 2 and review

3 contact hours

Module 3 (closes Nov7)
Federalism

Assignments for this module -  

  1. Lecture Post 
  2. Chapter quiz attempt 1 and review
  3. Chapter quiz attempt 2 and review
  4. Federalism Discussion

3 contact hours

Module 4 (closes Nov7)
Major Assessment #1

Assignments for this module -  

  1. Exam 1 attempt 1 and review
  2. Exam 1 attempt 2 and review

3 contact hours

Module 5 (closes Nov14)
Liberties, Rights, and Elections

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Lecture Post 
  2. Elections Discussion
  3. Liberties, Rights, and Elections Worksheet dropbox submission and review

3 contact hours

Module 6 (closes Nov14)
Organized Interests

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Lecture Post 
  2. Chapter 9 quiz attempt 1 and review
  3. Chapter 9 quiz attempt 2 and review
  4. Chapter 11 quiz attempt 1 and review
  5. Chapter 11 quiz attempt 2 and review

3 contact hours

Module 7 (closes Nov21)
Public Opinion

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Public Opinion and Media Worksheet dropbox submission
  2. Political Legitimacy dropbox submission
  3. Departmental Assignment

3 contact hours

Module 8 (closes Nov21)
Major Assessment #2

Assignments for this module -  

  1. Exam 2 attempt 1 and review
  2. Exam 2 attempt 2 and review

3 contact hours

Module 9 (closes Nov28)
Legislative Power

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Lecture Post 
  2. Chapter quiz attempt 1 and review
  3. Chapter quiz attempt 2 and review

3 contact hours

Module 10 (closes Nov28)
Executive Power

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Lecture Post 
  2. Delegation/Presidents/Bureaucracy Worksheet dropbox submission

3 contact hours

Module 11 (closes Dec5)
Judicial Power

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Lecture Post 
  2. Chapter quiz attempt 1 and review
  3. Chapter quiz attempt 2 and review

3 contact hours

Module 12 (closes Dec5)
Major Assessment #3

Assignments for this module -  

  1. Exam 3 attempt 1 and review
  2. Exam 3 attempt 2 and review

3 contact hours

Module 13 (closes Dec12)
Economic Policy

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Regulation Worksheet drop box submission
  2. Chapter quiz attempt 1 and review
  3. Chapter quiz attempt 2 and review

3 contact hours

Module 14 (closes Dec12)
Foreign Policy

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Lecture Post 
  2. Chapter 18 quiz attempt 1 and review
  3. Chapter 18 quiz attempt 2 and review
    • Ch18 attempts must be proctored

3 contact hours

Module 15 (closes Dec12)
Social Policy

Assignments for this module - 

  1. Chapter quiz attempt 1 and review
  2. Chapter quiz attempt 2 and review
  3. Political Movie Post

3 contact hours

Module 16 (closes Dec16)
Major Assessment #4

Assignments for this module - 

  • Final Exam attempt (only one attempt) and review
    • Final Exam must be proctored

3 contact hours