Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: GOVT-2306- Section: 3B
Texas Government
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Instructor Information
Instructor Mavis Triebel
Phone(409) 984-6332
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:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
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 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 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.
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 Inside Texas Politics, Brandon Rottinghaus
ISBN: 978-0-19-029951-4
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Chapter 1 The Struggle for Texas
Week 2: Chapter 2 The Texas Constitution
Week 3: Chapter 3 Federalism
Week 4: Chapter 4 Voting and Elections
Week 5: Review and Test I, Chapters 1-4
Week 6: Chapter 5 Political Parties
Week 7: Interest Groups
Week 8: Legislature
Week 9: Governors of Texas
Week 10: Review and Test II, Chapters 5-8
Week 11: Bureaucracy
Week 12: Judiciary
Week 13: Criminal Justice
Week 14: Local Government
Week 15: Budget, Finances and Policy
Week 15: Review and Test III, Chapters 9-13 Final
Major Assignments
Week 5: Review and Test I, Chapters 1-4
Week 10: Review and Test II, Chapters 5-8
Week 12: Common Assignment due
Week 15: Review and Test III, Chapters 9-13 Final

Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Grading Scale Spring drop dates 2019 shall be February 28 and April 18, 2019
Determination of
Final Grade
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. The three grades will be used for your final grade with each counting 25% of the grade. The common assignment shall count 25% of your final grade. There may be extra credit given during the semester.

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.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Grades will not be discussed on the telephone but may be obtained in class, by email or appointment.

To register to vote go to this website: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/index.shtml
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 will be followed for the basis of lectures. Lectures are extremely important in this course because some of the material covered does NOT appear in the text.

    You will receive an "F" after five UNEXCUSED class hours 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 the Office for Disability Services 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.