GOVT-2305-01 - Federal Government
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Summer I 2015 Course Syllabus
GOVT-2305-01 - Federal Government
|Semester||Summer I 2015|
|Instructor||Triebel, Mavis T.|
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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||Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required|
Politics in America, Alternate Edition, 2011, Ninth Edition
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 attached reading list will be followed for the basis of lectures and testing. Lectures are extremely important in this course because much of the material covered does NOT appear in your text. You are also responsible for all textual material.
You will receive an "F" after five class hours UNEXCUSED 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.
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Three major tests shall be given. Add the three grades together plus extra credit and divide the total by three. That is 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 one-third of the grade. 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.
|Final Exam Date||July 29, 2015 - 10:10 AM|
Week 1: Introduction, Chapter 1 Politics, Who Gets What, When and
How, & Chapter 2 Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict, Chapter 3
The US Constitution. (Diagnostic test)
Week 2: Chapter 4, Federalism:Dividing Governmental
Power, Chapter 5,Opinion and Participation, Test I, Chapters
1-5,Chapter 6 Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda,
Week 3: Chapter 7, Political Parties: Organizaing Politics, Chapter
8,Campaigns and Elections: Deciding Who Governs, & Chapter
9,Interest Groups .
Week 4: Chapter 10, Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill, Computer
Exercise Due, Test II: Chapters 6-10, Chapter 11 The President in
the White House, Chptr 12, The Federal Bureaucracy,
Week 5: Ch. 13, The Federal Courts, Ch. 14, Politics and Personal
Liberty, Ch. 15, Politics and Civil Rights
Week 5: Project Due
Week 5: Review and Test III: Chapters 11-15
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||See Major Assignments Above, please.|
|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 one’s 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||
1. Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States. (PSLO 2, alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, pretest, post test, project rubric.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.(PSLO 1,2,5 & alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, pretest, post test, project rubric.
3. Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.(PSLO 1, 2,5 & alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, pretest, post test, project rubric.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.(PSLO 1, 2,5 & alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, pretest, post test, project rubric.
5. Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.(PSLO 1, 2,5, 6 & alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, pretest, post test, project rubric.
6. Analyze the election process. (PSLO 1, 2,5 & alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, pretest, post test.
7. Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Analyze issues and policies in US politics. (PSLO 1, 2, 5 & alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, pretest, post test, project rubric.
8. Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics. (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by group discussion.
|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.|
|Additional Information||I will not discuss your grades over the phone. If you want to discuss your grades, you must have a face-to-face conference or send a written request by email.|
|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.
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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.
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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.|
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