House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

GOVT-2302-73 (Introduction to American Government II)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorLindley, Neil Everett
Phone(409) 984-6574
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Room #:n/a
Course Information
Course ID #10052
Course Subject-Number-SectionGOVT-2302-73
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 It is recommended that the student will have taken POLS 2301. Reading and writing skills equivalent to TASP is required.
Required Textbooks Textbooks


Author: Thomas E. Patterson; Gary Halter

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Boston

Edition/Year: Ninth Edition, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-07-723792-9



Author : Fred Taylor

Publisher : Information International, Great Falls, VA,

Edition/Year : Original, 1999

ISBN : 1-882480-46-5

Additional information : none

Type : Recommended resource

Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

1.        Explain the purpose of the U.S. Constitution, its powers and limitations, and its role in the American democracy;

2.        Describe and explain federalism in the American government, including its three federal branches and the powers granted to the federal and state levels of government and the constitutional limitations of each branch as well as those powers reserved to the people themselves;

3.        Explain the role and influence of public opinion in state and federal politics and government and to describe some of the important ways in which public opinion, in turn, is shaped by politics and government;

4.        Describe the role, function and influence of the media in politics and as the “fourth estate of government”;

5.        Describe the various ways citizens participate in political activities, including voting;

6.        Describe the role and function of parties in American and Texas politics;

7.        Demonstrate knowledge of how political campaigns and elections function in America and Texas;

8.        Exhibit critical thinking in the analysis of the complexities in state and federal governmental procedures, how politics shapes government, and how conflicts in American political values between liberty, equality, justice, governmental powers and human rights must be balanced;

9.        Be able to articulate her/his own political values with reasonable clarity and explain the personal process by which he/she continues to shape those values in light of ongoing real-world events.

Major Assignments Research Project: Who's on the Supreme Court? Which president nominated each one. What is the political persuasion of each? What is the voting record of each? In select major cases how did the Court's decision affect government, voting, the economy or social issues?

Research Project: Research Project: Checkes & Balances in Texas. When one party controls all branches of government how do the checks and balances work?

Discussion Topics Should Flag-burning be made unconstitution?

Obscenity is illegal. But who decides what is "obscene"?

Should prayer be allowed in public schools?

Should we kill the big banks?

Are tax cuts for high-income tax payers good for america?

Texas Schools: Evolution or Intelligent Design Theory?

Attendance Policy This is an online course. Attendance is evaluated by timely submission of assignments and quizzes and regular participation in Discussion.
Determination of Final Grade This is a points system. Students earn points for each piece of work completed and submitted. 2701-3000 points = A; 2401-2700 = B; 2101-2400 = C; 1801=2100 = D; 0-1800 = F.
Final Exam Date May 11, 2011 - 11:60 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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