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Sealy Campus · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2021
  • Section 600 CRN-20448
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/30/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 09/07/2021

Sealy Dual Credit

 

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THIS IS AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Meeting Times

T/TH        7 25 - 8 40         Rm 112, Sealy Campus

JMJ              JMC               Extra-curricular activities

Contact Information

Thaddaus Hill

[email protected]

tele# 979-627-7997

Office Hrs:  before and after class

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

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Course Requirements

Three major exams and one comprehensive final exam. 

Any material covered in class or from outside assignments may be on the exams. These may include but are not limited to current events ( local, state, national and international ) as well as hand-outs and videos.

All exams will include information from chapter readings as well as supplemental material.

Make-ups are taken on the day of the final exam. Make-ups may be the exam itself or, at the instructor's discretion, the score from the final exam may be substituted for any missed exams. 

Instructor reserves the right to alter topics, exams and or exam dates.

Evaluation

3 exams         22.5% each           ALL EXAMS, DURING CLASS, ON LINE, THANKS

1 final exam   22.5% 

participation   10%

 

Due to the extra credit given throughout the semester I do not round up grades. An example this would be a grade of 89.8% that would not be rounded up to 90% but would be 89% even.

 

Instructor reserves the right to alter topics, exams and or exam dates.

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 2021 General Classroom Procedures.

No recording devices, both audio or visual, without the instructor's permission.

Absences: 

1, the door will be closed when class starts

2, roll will be taken

3, the door will then be opened for those arriving late

Please note that if a student is not in the room while roll is taken they will be marked as absent.

Civility Statement ( from the Handbook )

Attendance Policy

Students who accrue one week’s worth of absences during the semester will be sent an e-mail through their Buc account requiring them to contact their instructor and immediately schedule a conference to discuss their attendance issues. Students who accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences will be administratively withdrawn from class. 

 

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. Observance of religious holy days - Students should notify their instructor(s) no later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) for absences for any religious holy day(s);
  2. Representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. Dual credit students representing the high school or independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. Military service.

Other circumstances may be considered an excused absence at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation. 

Schedule

Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture Minutes

Weekly Hours

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

First Day of Class

Syllabus

75

3

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Elected Officials 

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Ch 1, Terms; Political Culture

75

3

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Ch 1, Terms; Political Culture

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

 Ch. 2,  The US Constitution / Worksheet

75

3

Thursday, September 16, 2021

 Ch. 2,  The US Constitution 

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 Ch. 2,  The US Constitution 

75

3

Thursday, September 23, 2021

  Review for Exam; q & a

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Exam I; material covered to this date

Exam will be taken in class on e-campus

75

3

Thursday, September 30, 2021

 Ch. 3, Federalism / Worksheet

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Ch. 3, Federalism

75

3

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Ch. 3, Federalism

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Electoral College

75

3

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Ch. 12 US Congress; Worksheet

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ch. 12 US Congress Terms

75

3

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Review for Exam; q & a 

75

Week Nine

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Exam II; material covered to this date

Exam will be taken in class on e-campus

75

3

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Ch. 12 US Congress 

75

Week Ten

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Ch. 12 US Congress

75

3

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Ch. 12 US Congress, Path of a Bill

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Ch. 13 Presidency Worksheet

75

3

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Ch. 13 Presidency 

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Ch. 13 Presidency 

75

3

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Review for Exam; q & a

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Exam III; material covered to this date

Exam will be taken in class on e-campus

75

3

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Ch. 15, Federal Courts

75

3

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Ch. 15, Federal Courts

75

Friday, December 03, 2021

Last Day to Drop with a “Q”

 

 

 

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Ch. 18, Foreign Policy

75

3

Thursday, December  09, 2021

Last Day of Class

Ch. 18, Foreign Policy

75

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, December  13 , 2021

Final Schedule TBA – Final (2.7 hours) Counts 3 hours

 

3

Tuesday, December  14, 2021

 

 

Wednesday, December  15, 2021

 

 

Thursday, December  16, 2021

 

 
 

Total Contact Hours

 

48