Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: GOVT-2306- Section: 01
|Instructor||Dr. Tina Capeles|
|COVID 19 Information||The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.|
|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.
Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
All students need to look at their tuition statement. The classes are set up as First Day access for the Pearson Revel Textbook. That means you have already been charged for the e-text at a discounted rate. A link is provided in the course menu to access the e-text.
Otherwise, if a student opts out of the First Day, you are required to purchase the access code for the e-text at the publisher price. See below for ISBN#. All students purchasing the e-text rather than using the First Day Program will have 14 days of free access but will need to purchase before expiration. Students can go to Pearson Revel to purchase or the Bookstore on campus.
Title: Government and Politics in the Lone Star State
Publisher: Pearson Publishing: ISBN: 9780135176603- Revel E-Text Only
students may find an older printed 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 organization of chapters varies with the editions of the textbook. Students need to pay attention to the titles of the chapters as they coincide with the readings for each exam period.
Lecture topics are according to chapter readings and the current political environment.
The organization of chapters varies with editions of the textbook. Students need to pay attention to the titles of the chapters as they coincide with the readings for each exam period. Students are responsible for all material covered in the course.
Week 1: The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics
Week 2: The Texas Constitution
Week 3: Texas Government and Politics in the Federal System
Week 4: Local Governments in Texas
Week 5: Contemporary Public Policy Issues in Texas
Week 6: Exam 1
Week 7: Interest Groups and Political Power in Texas
Week 8: The Mass Media in Texas Politics
Week 9: The Party System in Texas
Week 10: Elections, Campaigns, and Elections, Campaigns, and Political Socialization, Behavior, Opinion
Week 11: Exam 2
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
See all dates in the course menu for exams, research assignments, and discussion assignments.
Exam weeks above reflect the readings to be included.
|Final Exam Date||May 7, 2021 - 9:0 AM Through May 7, 2021 - 9:50 AM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
Exams- weighted total as 50% of the final grade
Discussion Assignments - weighted total as 15% of the final grade
Research Assignments- weighted total as15% of the final grade
Research Assignment- 20% of the final grade
Students are responsible for all material covered in the course, lectures, chapter readings, exams, discussion assignments, and the research assignment. All assignments are to be typed.
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 hospitalization or legal matters. A grade of 0 will apply for an exam missed without proper documentation.
Work schedules are not considered acceptable for missing exams.
Exam dates are announced on the course menu.
Research Assignments: Late assignments will not be accepted. Do not email an assignment, it will not be accepted. Students have ample time to complete by the due dates. Students should take into consideration any problems that could arise with technology, and therefore, it is recommended that students submit assignments and exams accordingly. See the assignment directives and dates in the course menu.
Discussion Assignments: Late assignments will not be accepted. Do not email an assignment, it will not be accepted. Students have ample time to complete by the due date. Students should take into consideration any problems that could arise with technology, and therefore, it is recommended that students submit assignments and exams accordingly. See the assignment directives and dates in the course menu.
Academic Ethics: Applicable to all coursework. It is expected that all students will engage in ethical conduct and will not engage in copying work or the production of other research papers or assignments. This also includes student's previous coursework or current assignments of other courses. Such violation of ethical standards will result in an automatic grade of "0" on the work in question with no opportunity to make up the work. This expectation also extends to proper citations and credit for works used in the research paper. All quotes, paraphrases, or facts taken from another source must be cited. Caution about Quotes and Paraphrases: There should be no more than two to three in the paper and short in length.
Academic integrity is essential, whether in class or online learning, and I take it very seriously. Academic dishonesty will not be accepted in this class. Students are to submit their work, not the work of others, including as stated above, a students' work from past or present courses. If you submit other's work as your own or use resources not allowed, you will receive a 0 for the grade and possible F for the course based upon the discretion of the instructor. Additionally, all student submissions are checked for plagiarism, and the use of any materials not authorized for use is prohibited. It is also expected that students are not accessing other material questionable to the assignment. A grade of 0 will be issued.
Students enrolled in both federal government 2305 and Texas 2306, or who have previously taken any government courses, it is required that you write a separate research paper for each course. You may not use the same information. Students may not use assignments from other government courses or any other coursework. Different topics and sources are required. If you have any questions, contact me. Also, the same applies to Discussion Board/Assignments. Any duplicated work will result in a 0 for the grade.
My class policy is that if any academic dishonesty is discovered, the student will receive an 0 for the assignment in question and a possible F in the class. You will not just receive a 0 on the individual assignment - whether it be the research assignment or other assignments - you risk receiving an F for the course. See the Lamar State College-Port Arthur guidelines for academic dishonesty below.
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Academic Dishonesty Policy: Lamar State College-Port Arthur considers academic dishonesty, including collusion, cheating, and plagiarism as defined in the Student Handbook, to be a serious academic offense. Students guilty of such behavior will be subject to the following penalties:
First offense: Student will receive a failing grade on the exam or assignment with no possibility for make-up. If the offense is flagrant, the student may receive an F in the course. The student's name and the documented offense will be forwarded to the proper college officials. Second offense: Students will receive an F in the course with no possibility for make-up. The student's name and the documented offense will be forwarded to the proper university officials. All accused students will be given written notice of the offense, the penalty assessed, and the right of appeal to the department chair/advisory committee.
For students enrolled in campus classes are required to attend class, consistency is important for success and must maintain the coursework.
This class is not an online course The class is not a self-paced course. Keeping pace is important. Students must maintain the readings and all other material on a weekly basis.
In case of emergency, the instructor must be notified at least one day in advance by email as to the reason for missing an exam. Students need proper documentation as to why the exam was missed. Excused reasons are hospitalization. In the case of COVID, see the statement at the top of the syllabus for requirements. A grade of 0 will apply for an exam missed without proper documentation.
Routine doctor appointments or work schedules are not considered acceptable for missing exams.
Exam dates are announced on the course menu.
All assignments are due on the due dates. Students are given ample time to complete. There are no excuses for late assignments. All assignment due dates can be found on the course menu.
It is the responsibility of the student to keep pace with due dates.
|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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|Other||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.|
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|