Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: GOVT-2305- Section: 8D
Federal Government (Federal constitution and topics)
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Instructor Information
Instructor Mavis Triebel
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Education Annex - Room: 109
Hours:8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. MWF and 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. TR and by appointment
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights.
Prerequisites Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States.
Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.
Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.
Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.
Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.
Analyze the election process.
Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics.

Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA (LSCPA): Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material
Textbooks Politics in America, 2016 Election Edition
    Ronald Keith Gaddie, Thomas Dye
    ISBN-13: 978-0-13-464864-4
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Chapter 1 Politics, Who Gets What, When and How
Week 2: Chapter 2 Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict
Week 3: The US Constitution
Week 4: Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power
Week 5: Opinion and Participation
Week 6: Test I, Chapters 1-5
Week 6: Begin Chapter 6 Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda
Week 7: Political Parties: Organizaing Politics
Week 8: Campaigns and Elections: Deciding Who Governs
Week 9: Interest Groups
Week 10: Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill
Week 10: Computer Exercise Due
Week 11: Test II: Chapters 6-10
Week 11: Begin Chapter 11 The President in the White House
Week 12: The Federal Bureaucracy & Common Assignment
Week 13: The Federal Courts
Week 14: Politics and Personal Liberty
Week 15: Politics and Civil Rights
Week 15: Review and Test III: Chapters 11-15
Major Assignments
Week 6 Test I covering chapters 1-5 shall be given.
Week 11 Test II covering chapters 6-10 shall be given.
Week 15 Test III (final) shall be given covering chapters 11-15
Common assignment shall be due during week 12
Final Exam Date December 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM   Through  December 11, 2018 - 3:00 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F

Fall 2018 semester drop dates shall be October 1, 2018 and November 21, 2018
Determination of
Final Grade
Three major tests shall be given. Test I shall be 25% of grade, Test II shall be 25% of grade and Test III shall be 25% of grade, plus the common assignment shall be 25% of total grade. There may also be extra credit given during the semester.

There will be three examinations during this course. Test I, II, and III will be objective. All three will be unit examinations with the third given at the set time for finals.

Attendance at tests is mandatory. There will be no make-up tests. In case of dire emergency, any make-up tests given will be essay, administered at the same time as the final and MUST receive instructor approval within 24 hours of announced test date. Test dates will be announced in advance. You will need three Scantron 882 in order to complete the three tests. Material for testing will be from lecture, text book and supplemental reading.

You will receive and "F" after five class hours unexcused 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.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Grades will not be discussed on the telephone but may be obtained in class or by email or appointment.

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Attendance Policy 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 distributed in class will be followed for the basis of lectures and testing. Lectures are extremely important in this course because much of the material covered does NOT appear in your text. You are also responsible for all textual material.

    You will receive an "F" after five class hours UNEXCUSED 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.
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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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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Other Directions for common assignment shall be distributed during class time.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.