House Bill 2504 Spring 2011 Course Syllabus GOVT-2302-73 (Introduction to American Government II)
Spring 2011 Course Syllabus
GOVT-2302-73 (Introduction to American Government II)
|Instructor||Lindley, Neil Everett|
|Course ID #||10052|
|Course Title||Introduction 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.|
Title : THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 9th Edition; TEXAS EDITION,
Author: Thomas E. Patterson; Gary Halter
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Boston
Edition/Year: Ninth Edition, 2009
Title : ROLL AWAY THE STONE
Author : Fred Taylor
Publisher : Information International, Great Falls, VA,
Edition/Year : Original, 1999
ISBN : 1-882480-46-5
Additional information : none
Type : Recommended resource
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.
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?
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|
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