Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: GOVT-2305- Section: 71
Federal Government (Federal constitution and topics)
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Tina Capeles
Phone(409) 984-6378
Location:Student Center - Room: 408
Hours:M-W-F 9:00-11:00 T/R 11:00-1:00
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. 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 Basic Skills: competency in reading and writing
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.
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 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.
Textbooks Required Textbook: Politics in America -2016 Presidential Election Edition
Publisher: Pearson Publishing: ISBN 13: 9780135175606 Combo
Authors: Keith Gaddie and Thomas Dye
10th Edition update -2018 Update to a REVEL E-book with an option to buy a loose-leaf copy for an additional charge (Combo)    
OR any of the editions below maybe found online:
Politics in America, Thomas Dye and Ronald Gaddie, Pearson Publishing, edition 2014, ISBN# 9780134018928
Politics in America, Thomas Dye and Ronald Gaddie, Pearson Publishing, edition 2015 ISBN: 9781269808613
Thomas Dye and Ronald Gaddie, 2012 Election Edition, Pearson Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-0-205-88403-2.
Thomas Dye, Politics in America, 9th edition, Pearson Publishing ISBN: 13:978-0-205-82625-4
Lecture Topics
Politics, Who Gets What, When, and How
Political Culture, Ideas in Conflict
US Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Dividing Government Power Between the States and the Federal Government
Opinion and Participation in the Political Process
Mass Media and Setting the Political Agenda
Political Parties: Organizing Politics and Elections
Campaign and Elections: Deciding Who Governs
Interest Groups
Congress and Politics on Capitol Hill
The President in the White House and Executive Power
The Federal Bureaucracy Various Departments and Power
The Federal Court System
Major Assignments
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; Discussion 1 and 2
Week 3: Chapter 3:US Constitution; Discussion 3
Week 4: Chapter 4:Federalism: Dividing Government Power; Discussion 4
Week 5: Chapter 5:Opinion and Participation; Discussion 5
Week 6: Exam-Begin Chapter 6; Discussion 6
Week 7: Chapter 6:Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda; Discussion 7
Week 8: Chapter 7:Political Parties: Organizing Politics; Discussion 8-Research Paper Due
Week 9: Chapter 8:Campaign and Elections: Deciding Who Governs; Discussion 9
Week 10: Chapter 9:Interest Groups; Discussion 10
Week 11:Exam- Begin Chapter 10
Week 12: Chapter 10:Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill
Week 13: Chapter 11:The President in the White House
Week 14: Chapter 12:The Federal Bureaucracy
Week 15: Chapter 13:The Federal Courts
Week 16: Final

Final Exam Date May 9, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 12, 2019 - 11:00 PM
Grading Scale 90-100=A 80-89=B 70-79=C 60-69=D Below 59=F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exams-60% of the final grade
Research Assignment- 25% of the final grade
Discussion Posts Total- 15% of the grade

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Students are responsible for all material covered in the course, chapter readings, exams, and the research assignment.
Discussion Board: Late discussion posts will not be accepted. See Discussion Board Requirements in the course menu for details and dates.
Research Assignment: Late assignments will not be accepted. Students have ample time to complete by the due date. See the assignment date in the course menu.
Exams: There will only be makeup exams in cases of emergencies and with proper approval by the instructor. In case of emergency, the instructor must be notified at least one day in advance by email as to the reason for missing the exam. Students need proper documentation as to why the exam was missed. Excused reasons are sickness, legal matters, or family matters. A grade of 0 will apply for exam missed without proper documentation.
Routine doctor appointments or work schedule are not considered acceptable for missing exams.
Exam dates are listed in the course menu.
Attendance Policy Students must maintain the readings and all other material on a weekly basis. Students need to log into the course daily to stay on track; consistency is important for success. This is not a self-paced course. Keeping pace is important.
Student's failure to complete the assigned material, maybe dropped from the course.
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
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