GOVT-2305-03 - Federal Government
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2018 Course Syllabus
GOVT-2305-03 - Federal Government
|Instructor||Capeles, Tina Lynn|
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|Course 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.|
|Course Prerequisites||Basic Skills: competency in reading and writing|
Required Text: Politics in America, Thomas Dye and Ronald Gaddie, Pearson Publishing, edition 2015 ISBN: 9781269808613 at the Lamar Port Arthur book store. This is a special order edition as per the instructor to ensure the addition of the Constitution.
Also you may use Thomas Dye and Ronald Gaddie, Politics in America, 2012 Election Edition, Pearson Publishing: ISBN-13:978-0-205-88403-2. Students would need to find online.
The 9th edition will suffice if it is available, Students would need to find online
9th edition, Pearson Publishing
The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts : 8th edition (ISBN# 9781891743153). Publication 6/2012. Can be purchased online or Lamar Port Arthur book store.
Students are responsible for all material covered in the course, as well as any assignments. This is not a self-paced course. All readings and assignment material have due dates.
Amending Syllabus: The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the course requirements and the dates that the material will be covered or changes in exam schedule. Any changes will be announced to the class at least one class prior to the effective date. It is also the students responsibility to check for any changes if absent.
|Course Grading Scale||90-100=A 80-89=B 70-79=C 60-69=D Below 59=F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
There will be three exams during the course. Each exam will count as 25% of the final grade. Students are responsible for reading material. Exams will cover material and reading assignments. Be on time for the final exam. See begin time below.
Class projects/assignments total as 25% of the grade. Assignments/Assignment will be posted in the course menu section and announced in class.
It is the responsibility of the student for projects and assignments are turned in by the due date. No late assignments will be accepted.
There will only be makeup exams in cases of emergencies and with prior approval by the instructor. You must notify in advance. Content of make up exams will be the discretion of the instructor.
Beware of Plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the use of another's words, thoughts, phrases, or ideas as if they were your own without proper documentation. Such practices will result in a failing grade.
|Final Exam Date||May 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Through May 3, 2018 - 10:00 AM|
Course content and assigned readings
Week 1: Chapter 1:Politics, Who Gets What, When, and How
Week 2: Chapter 2:Political Culture, Ideas in Conflict
Week 3: Chapter 3:US Constitution
Week 4: Chapter 4:Federalism: Dividing Government Power
Week 5: Chapter 5:Opinion and Participation
Week 6: Chapter 6:Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda
Week 7: Chapter 7:Political Parties: Organizing Politics
Week 8: Chapter 8:Campaign and Elections: Deciding Who Governs
Week 9: Chapter 9:Interest Groups
Week 10: Chapter 10:Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill
Week 11: Chapter 11:The President in the White House
Week 12: Chapter 12:The Federal Bureaucracy
Week 13: Chapter 13:The Federal Courts
Students should be familiar with the remaining chapters.
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||The dates for the course Exams and Assignments will be announced in class.|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills - Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills - Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of oneï¿½s own culture in relation to others.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills - Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application
|Course Student 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.
Evaluate and respond to the political environment applying researched data.
|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.|
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.
Students must maintain the readings and all other material on a weekly basis.
|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.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
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
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|