Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: GOVT-2306- Section: 3C
|Instructor||Dr. Albert Thigpen|
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|Description||Origin and development of the Texas constitution, structure and powers of state and local government, federalism and inter-governmental relations, political participation, the election process, public policy, and the political culture of Texas.|
Explain the origin and development of the Texas constitution.
Describe state and local political systems and their relationship with the federal government.
Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice in Texas.
Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Texas government.
Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in Texas.
Analyze the state and local election process.
Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Analyze issues, policies and political culture of Texas
* 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.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes|
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Government and Politics in the Lone Star State, Fifth--Ninth Edition, L. Tucker Gibson, Jr. and Clay Robinson
Lecture Topics in Government 2306 -- Texas Government
Week 1 Course Overview and Introduction /The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics
Week 2 The Texas Constitution
Week 3 The Texas Constitution
Week 4 Intergovernmental Relationships
Week 5 Interest Groups and Political Power In Texas
Week 6 The Mass Media in Texas Politics
Week 7 The Party System in Texas
Week 8 Elections, Campaigns, and Political Behavior
Week 9 The Bureaucracy and Policy Implementation
Week 10 The Texas Executive/The Texas Legislature
Week 11 The Texas Executive/The Texas Legislature
Week 12 The Judicial System in Texas
Week 13 The Judicial System in Texas
Week 14 Local Government in Texas: Cities, Towns, Counties and Special Districts
Week 15 Local Government in Texas: Cities, Towns, Counties and Special Districts
Week 5 - Exam 1
Week 10 - Exam 2
Week 15 - Exam 3/Final
Week 15 - Individual Assignment Due
|Final Exam Date||December 4, 2020 - 12:00 PM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
Tests- 75%, Individual Assignment - 25% Extra points may be awarded to overall completeness and thoroughness of semester work and Individual Assignment.
Grades will be in accordance with the Student Assignment Completion Agreement executed by students.
|Instructor Policies||The makeup of missed assignments will be strictly at my discretion.|
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three absences from the course will receive an academic penalty. Students are required to follow syllabus assignments as noted even if class does not meet.|
|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.|
|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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|