Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: GOVT-2306- Section: 71
|Instructor||Dr. Tina Capeles|
|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.|
|Prerequisites||Competency in reading and writing skills required.|
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
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.
Evaluate and respond to the political environment applying researched data.
*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.
Required Text: New Edition
Title: Government and Politics in the Lone Star State
Publisher: Pearson Publishing: ISBN 13: 9780135235812 Combo
10th Edition -Update to REVEL E-book with an option to buy a loose-leaf copy for an additional charge (Combo)
Available in bookstore or online.
OR students may find an older edition listed below:
9th Edition- L. Tucker Gibson, Jr. and Clay Robinson, Government and Politics in the Lone Star State:
8th Edition- L. Tucker Gibson, Jr. and Clay Robinson, Government and Politics in the Lone Star State,
The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics
The Texas Constitutions
Texas Government and Politics and the Federal System
Local City Governments in Texas
Contemporary Public Policy Issues in Texas
Interest Groups and Political Power in Texas
The Mass Media in Texas Politics
The Party System in Texas
Elections, Campaigns, and Political Behavior
The Texas Executive
The Texas Bureaucracy and Policy Implementation
Week 1:The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics
Week 2:The Texas Constitution- Discussion 1 and 2 Due
Week 3:Texas Government and Politics in the Federal System-Discussion 3 Due
Week 4:Local Governments in Texas- Discussion 4 Due
Week 5:Contemporary Public Policy Issues in Texas-Discussion 5 Due
Week 6: Exam 1-and Discussion 6 Due
Week 7:Interest Groups and Political Power in Texas- Discussion 7 Due
Week 8:The Mass Media in Texas Politics-Discussion 8 Due
Week 9:The Party System in Texas- Discussion 9 Due
Week 10:Elections, Campaigns, and Political Behavior
Week 11:Exam 2 and Research Assignment is due
Week 12:The Legislature
Week 13:The Texas Executive
Week 14:The Texas Bureaucracy and Policy Implementation
Week 15:Texas Judiciary
Week 16: Final Exam 3
|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|
Exams 60% of the final grade.
Research assignment 25% of the final grade.
Discussion Post Total-15% of the final grade
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.Students are responsible for all material covered in the course, chapter readings, discussion posts, exams, and the research assignment.
Research Assignment: Late assignments will not be accepted. Students have ample time to complete by the due date.
Discussion Post information listed in the course menu.
Exams: There will only be makeup exams in cases of emergencies and with prior approval by the instructor. In case of an emergency the instructor must be notified at least one day in advance by email as to the reason for the absence. Students will need proper documentation as to why the exam was missed, such as sickness, legal matters, or family matter. A grade of 0 will apply for absences on exam dates without proper documentation.
Routine doctor appointments or work schedule are not considered acceptable for missing exams.
Student's failure to complete the assigned material, maybe dropped from the course.
In case of an emergency the instructor must be notified by email as to the reason for the absence prior to class. Students will need documentation as to why the class was missed. Excused absences are sickness, legal matters, or family matter. An unexcused absence will apply without proper documentation.
Routine doctor appointments or work schedule are not considered acceptable for missing class.
Be on time, entering late is disruptive to the class.
|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.|