House Bill 2504 Spring 2012 Course Syllabus GOVT-2302-73 - Introduction to American Government II
Spring 2012 Course Syllabus
GOVT-2302-73 - Introduction to American Government II
|Instructor||Lindley, Neil Everett|
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|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||GOVT 2301 is preferable.|
Title : THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 9th Edition; TEXAS EDITION,
Author: Thomas E. Patterson; Gary Halter
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Boston
Edition/Year: Ninth Edition, 2009
|Attendance Policy||Must show regular participation online by submitting work by the due dates.|
|Course Grading Scale||1801-2000 points = A; 1601-1800 = B; 1401-1600 = C; 1201-1400 = D; 0-1200 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Online assignments 25%; online quizzes 25%; online discussion 25%; Mid-term test and Final Exam 25%|
|Final Exam Date||May 8, 2012 - 3:00 PM|
Week 1: Constitutional Democracy
Week 2: Civil Liberties
Week 3: Equal Rights
Week 4: The Federal Bureaucracy
Week 5: The Office of Governor/TX State Agencies
Week 6: The Federal Judicial System
Week 7: The Court System in Texas
Week 8: Mid-term Test
Week 9: Economic & Environmental Policy
Week 10: Public Policy in Texas
Week 11: Welfare & Educational Policy
Week 12: Local Government in Texas
Week 13: Foreign & Defense Policy
Week 14: Study for Final Exam
Week 15: Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
March 9: Midterm Test
March 19: Discussion-Part I Complete
April 30: Discussion-Part II Complete
Final Exam: May 8
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
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 oneâ€™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
6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles
A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Participates in Discussion on a regular basis with other class members and writes knowledgeably about assigned governmental topics; organizes thinking in logical manner and supports opinions with evidence from history, legal precedents or the constitution. (Associated with CSLO #1.)
2. Demonstrates understanding of differences between range of political philosophies (parties) in the America and Texas political spectrum and the historical contributions each has made to democracy. Expresses his/her own perspective in a cogent manner and how cultural influences have helped to shape that perspective. (Associated with CSLO #2.)
3. Able to construct rational arguments consistently and free of internal contradictions; supports claims with both evidence and reasonable thinking; able to avoid logical fallacies in expressing viewpoints and to recognize such fallacies in expression of others.
(Associated with CSLO #3)
4. Demonstrates competency in managing features of Blackboard software; able to search internet effectively to locate relevant materials and organize them effectively to complete assigned research; knowledgeable about use of the LSCPA online library resources. (Associated with CSLO #4)
5. Shows understanding of the nature of scientific claims to truth, that science is the "increasing approximation of truth" and that its claims are expressed in terms of relative probabilities; understands how this relative approach to truth applies especially to the social sciences; able to understand and apply basic statistical/ proportional estimates to predict behavioral probabilities within a reasonable range or outcomes. (Associated with CSLO #6)
|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.|
|Additional Information||I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, 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.|
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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
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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