House Bill 2504 Spring 2011 Course Syllabus GOVT-2301-01 (Introduction to American Government I)
Spring 2011 Course Syllabus
GOVT-2301-01 (Introduction to American Government I)
|Instructor||Triebel, Mavis T.|
|Course ID #||10044|
|Course Title||Introduction to American Government I|
|Course Description||A study of the national and Texas constitutions; federalism, political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting and elections.|
|Course Prerequisites||Sophomore standing; basic skills competency in reading and writing.|
Politics in America, Texas Edition, 2009, Eighth Edition
Thomas Dye with Tucker Gibson, Jr., & Clay Robinson
Upon completion of this course you should be able to do the following: (federal and state)
1. Identify the role of constitutional government in society.
2. Identify the difference between political parties and interest groups.
3. Differentiate the difference between democracy and other forms of government.
4. Analyze liberal and conservative policies.
5. Identify the impact of the media on political institutions.
6. Relate the theoretic study of politics to the electoral process.
7. Experience the process of voting. (when possible)
8. Communicate with an elected official through letter writing.
GOVERNMENT (POLITICAL SCIENCE) 2301 - READING LIST
Text: Politics in America, Texas Edition, 2009, Eighth Edition
Thomas Dye with Tucker Gibson, Jr., and Clay Robinson
Unit I. The Context of American Democracy
A. Politics: Who Gets What, When and How, Chapter 1
B. Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict, Chapter 2
C. Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics, Chapter 19
Unit II . The Constitutional Context
A. The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power, Chapter 3
Test I: Feb. 21, 2011
B. Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power, Chapter 4
C. The Texas Constitution, Chapter 20
D. Local Governments in Texas, Chapter 25
Unit III. Group Politics
A. Interest Groups, Chapter 9 and Chapter 21, pp. 717-724
Test II: April 4, 2011
B. Political Parties, Chapter 7 and Chapter 21, pp. 724-737
Unit IV. Public Opinion, Political Participation, and Elections
A. Opinion and Participation, Chapter 5
B. Mass Media, Chapter 6
C. Campaigns and Elections, Chapter 8 and Chapter 21,pp.737-748
FINAL: Friday, May 13, 2011, 9:00 a.m.*
*The final schedule shows your final to be from 8:00-10:30 a.m. However, you will be given 8:00-9:00 a.m. to study for the final and the test will begin at 9:00 a.m. in PAC 136.
GOVERNMENT (POLITICAL SCIENCE) PROJECT
M. TRIEBEL – 2301-2302
Your project for Government 2301-2302 will be to write a letter to an elected official in the U.S., Texas, or local government. Address a concern that you have in regard to governmental action or perhaps you wish to praise a previous act or one under consideration currently.
YOU MAY EXPRESS YOUR OPINION IN WRITING THIS LETTER BUT YOU MUST use proper research methodology in writing your letter. If you refer to a newspaper article, give the proper bibliographical information so the reader knows to what you are referring. Do not ramble; be specific. Use facts from newspapers, magazine articles, speeches, etc., to give credence to your letter. You might include a copy of the article, if you wish. YOUR OPINION is appropriate after the proper factual introductory material. If your concern is a personal problem, be sure to include all the facts.
Use proper form in writing your letter. A copy of a sample business letter is attached for your reference. Use the proper title in addressing your elected official as well. A properly completed letter will be more effective.
The letter should be single-spaced, typed, ready to mail, and at least one and one-half page long. You must also give me a stamped, addressed, unsealed envelope to the elected official. I will mail the letter after reading and recording the grade. If you receive an answer, I would like to read it. If you wish to keep a copy of your letter, make it before turning it in. You will receive 15 points or none. If the letter complies with outlined requirements, you will receive all the points. If it fails to meet the stipulated requirements, you will receive zero (0). Your letter will be returned to you, if it is not suitable for mailing.
THIS IS A REQUIRED PROJECT. IT IS NOT OPTIONAL. IT MUST BE TURNED IN TO ME BY YOUR CLASS TIME,– May 2 or 3, 2011 at your class date. None will be accepted late.
REMEMBER: 1. This project is required.
2. Letter is to be l.5 pp. long
3. Typed, single-spaced
4. Signed, dated
5. Addressed envelope with stamp
Due: May 2 or 3, 2011, at class time
1234 Main Street (Your address)
Port Arthur, TX 77642
December 1, 2010
The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear President Obama,
In an article in The Port Arthur News, March 1, 2010, p. 10, (copy attached), reference was made to abortion statistics. The author remarked that "....."
In my opinion ....., etc.
Thank you for taking time from a busy schedule to consider my remarks. Please keep them in mind when appropriate decisions are made. (Use some closing remarks to express your appreciation for considering your remarks.)
(Sample envelope) STAMP
1234 Main Street
Port Arthur, TX 77642
The Honorable Barack Obama,
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500
FEDERAL - U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
President Barack Obama,The White House,1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington,D.C.20500
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, 703 Hart Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510
Senator John Cornyn, United States Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510
Representative Ted Poe, The House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515
STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Gov. Rick Perry, State Capitol Building, Austin, TX 78711
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, P. O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711
Senator Joan Huffman, District 17, The Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin,TX 78711
Senator Tommy Williams, District 4, The Texas Senate, Austin, TX 78711
Representative Joe Deshotel, House of Representatives, District 22, Austin, TX 78701
Representative Allan Ritter, House of Representatives, District 21, Austin, TX 78701
Representative Mike Hamilton, Dist. 19, P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768
State Board of Education: David Bradley, Dist. 7, 615 N.5th St., Bmt.,TX 77701
LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Mayor Bobbie Prince, City of Port Arthur, 444 4th Street, Port Arthur, TX 77640
Mayor Becky Ames, City of Beaumont, Beaumont City Hall, Beaumont, TX 77701
Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, City of Bridge City, 260 Rachel Ave., Bridge City, TX 77611
Mayor Brad Bailey, City of Groves, 3947 Lincoln, Groves, TX 77619
Mayor Charles Bilal, City of Kountze, City Hall, Hwy, 69, Kountze, TX
Mayor R. A. Nugent, City of Nederland, 1400 Boston Ave., Nederland, TX 77627
Mayor Sam Kittrell, City of Orange, 803 W. Green, Orange, TX 77662
Mayor Glen Johnson, City of Port Neches, 634 Ave. C., Pt. Neches, TX 77641
SCHOOL OFFICIALS -- To address ISD (school) matters:
Mr. _______, President, ___________ Independent School District
(Call local school district to ask name and address of president)
Do NOT write the superintendent. He is “hired” – not elected.
CHECK LIBRARY OR INTERNET TO OBTAIN OTHER OFFICIALS' NAMES AND ADDRESSES.
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 (above). 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.
|Determination of Final Grade||
Test I + Test II + Test III + Project divided by 3 = final grade.
Each test shall be 100 points possible + 15 points possible for project.
|Final Exam Date||May 13, 2011 - 9:00 AM|
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