House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

GOVT-2302-20 (Introduction to American Government II)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorDuncan, William Beauregard
Phone(409) 984-6349
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF: 9:00-9:50, 11:00-12:30; TTH: 8:00-9:20; and by appointment
Building:Faculty Offices Pavilion (FOP)
Room #:105
Course Information
Course ID #10050
Course Subject-Number-SectionGOVT-2302-20
Course TitleIntroduction to American Government II
Course Description A study of the legislative, executive and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies. GOVT 2301 recommended prior to enrolling in GOVT 2302.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks The Challenge of Democracy by Kenneth Janda, et. al. 10th Edition, Texas Edition, Wadsworth, 2009. ISBN: 0-547-20472-8
Learning Objectives To provide the student with a basic understanding of the political systems in the United States and Texas. This course deals with the three main branches of the United States Government and Texas State Government, the bureaucracy on the national and state levels, civil rights and civil liberties, and the public policy process--both the formation of public policy and its implementation. These topics will be discussed from both practical and theoretical perspectives in order to provide continuity between the realm of ideas and the realm of practice. It is hoped that the student may thereby gain a more in-depth understanding of national and state politics.
Major Assignments Final grades in the course will be based on a combiantion of five regular exams, a class project, on-line discussions, and any extra credit the student may have earned during the semester.
Discussion Topics 1/17-1/21                1/17: No Class

                Introduction                        Ch. 1

1/24-1/28                Congress                                Ch. 11

1/25-1/29                Congress                                Ch. 11

                First Exam

1/31-2/4                The Presidency                        Ch. 12        

2/8-2/11                The Bureaucracy                        Ch. 13

                Second Exam

2/14-2/18                The Courts                        Ch. 14

2/21-2/25                Order and Civil Liberties                Ch. 15

2/28-3/4         Equality and Civil Rights                Ch. 16

                Third Exam

3/7-3/11                Spring Break: No Class

3/14-3/18         The Texas Legislature                Ch. 25

3/21-3/25                The Texas Governor and Bureaucracy        Ch. 26

3/28-4/1                The Texas Legal System and the Courts        Ch. 27

                Fourth Exam

4/4-4/8         Policy Making                        Ch. 17

4/11-4-15         Economic Policy                        Ch. 18

4/18-4/22         Domestic Policy                        Ch. 19

4/25-4/29         Global Policy                        Ch. 20

5/2-5/6                Fifth Exam

5/9-5/13                5/11: Last Class

                Friday 5/13, Comprehensive Final: 11:00-1:30        

Attendance Policy Attendance will be taken every class meeting.
Determination of Final Grade The following is an explanation of how final grades are calculated.

                5 Regular exams (averaged) 70%

                1 Class Project: 20%

                5 On-Line Discussions: 10%


                                 + Extra Credit

= Final Grade

Final Exam Date May 13, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American 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.

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