House Bill 2504 Fall 2011 Course Syllabus GOVT-2301-03 - Introduction to American Government I
Fall 2011 Course Syllabus
GOVT-2301-03 - Introduction to American Government I
|Instructor||Triebel, Mavis T.|
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|Course Description||A study of the national and Texas constitutions; federalism, political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting and elections.|
Politics in America, Texas Edition, 2011, Ninth Edition,
Thomas Dye with Tucker Gibson, Jr., & Clay Robinson http://cw.booksites.net/bookbind/pubbooks/dye2/
Attendance is required; roll will be taken; and punctuality is expected. You are responsible for all materials covered in class, as well as all outside readings. The reading list will be followed for the basis of lectures (attached). Lectures are extremely important in this course because some of the material covered does NOT appear in the text.
You will receive an "F" after five UNEXCUSED class hours are missed. If you quit coming to class and do not officially drop, you will receive an "F". The administrative details are your responsibility. After three days in which you are tardy to class, the instructor will no longer change absent to tardy.
|Course Grading Scale||
90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
|Determination of Final Grade||Test I + Test II + Test III + extra credit divided by 3 = final grade|
|Final Exam Date||December 12, 2011 - 10:00 AM|
Week 1: Syllabus review, course introduction, begin Chapter 1 of text: "Who Gets What, When and How."
Week 2: Continue Chapter 1, "Who Gets What, When and How"; begin Chapter 2: "Ideas in Conflict"
Week 3: Complete Chapter 2, "Ideas in Conflict", begin Chapter 19, "Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics".
Week 4: Complete Chapter 19 and Begin Chapter 3, "The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power".
Week 5: Test on Chapters 1, 2, 19 & 3 and begin Chapter 4, "Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power".
Week 6: Complete Chapter 4 and begin Chapter 20, "The Texas Constitution".
Week 7: Complete Chapter 20 and begin Chapter 25, "Local Governments in Texas.
Week 8: Complete Chapter 25 and begin Chapter 9, "Interest Groups".
Week 9: Complete discussion Chapter 9.
Week 10: Begin Chapter 21 "Texas Interest Groups.
Week 11: Test II on Chapters 4, 20, 25 and 9 and begin Chapter 7, "Political Parties.
Week 12: Complete Chapter 7
Week 13: Begin discussion Chapter 5, "Opinion and Participation".
Week 14: Begin discussion Chapter 6, "Mass Media".
Week 15: Begin discussion Chapter 8, "Campaigns and Elections" and Chapter 21, "Texas Campaigns and Elections.
Week 16: Final review; final exam, Test III.
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Calendar of lecture topics is this same as previous major assignments.
Major Assignment Dates:
Test I, September 26, 2011, Chapters 1, 2, 19 & 3
Test II, October 31, 2011, Chapters 4, 20, 25, & 9
Test III, Dec. 12, 2011, Chapters 7, 5, 6 & 8 (not comprehensive).
There will be three examinations during this course. Test I, II, and III will be objective. All three will be unit examinations with the third given at the set time for finals. The three grades will be used for your final grade with each counting one-third of the grade. Attendance at tests is mandatory. There will be no make-up tests. In case of dire emergency, any make-up tests given will be essay, administered at the same time as the final and MUST receive instructor approval within 24 hours of announced test date. Test dates will be announced in advance. You will need three Scantron 882 in order to complete the three tests. Material for testing will be from lecture, text book and supplemental reading.
Project due: November 28, 2011 at class time.
Computer exercise due for Test II, October 31, 2011
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Associate of Arts
1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.
A. Demonstrates thesis clarity
B. Organizes information
C. Uses support
D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression
2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.
A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)
B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context
C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others
3. Uses critical thinking skills
A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)
B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation
C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences
D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion
4. Demonstrates technology literacy
A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device
B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology
C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device
5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program
A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA
B. Number of AA majors who graduate
C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to other universities
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO 2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.
A. Identifies cultural characteristics: Students will be able to describe the process of political socialization.
B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context: Students will be able to identify the impact of the media on political institutions.
C. Shows awareness of one's own culture in relation to others: Students will be able to identify and evaluate political sub-cultures.
PSLO 3. Uses critical thinking skills.
A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue: Students will be able to identify and explain theories of United States politics; students will be able to assess the role of constitutional government in society.
B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation: Students will differentate between democracy and other forms of government.
C. Constructs possible solutions of prediction or consequences: Students will be able to identify the consequences of interest group activity in Texas and at the national level.
D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion: Students will be able to relate the theoretical study of politics to the electoral process.
4. Demonstrates technology literacy.
A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device: Students will use electronic technology to complete assignments.
B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology: Students will organize information gathered electronically in completing class assignments.
C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device: Students will submit assignments that are composed electronically.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
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A detailed discription of the required project and the computer exercise are attached to this document.
Drop days are October 3, 2011 and November 8, 2011.
Additional office hours are available by appointment as well as before and after class. Your grades will not be given over the phone. If you wish to discuss your grades, you must see me in person.
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
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attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
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What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
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divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
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Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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