GOVT-2306-73 - Texas Government
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Summer I 2015 Course Syllabus
GOVT-2306-73 - Texas Government
|Semester||Summer I 2015|
|Instructor||Woodford, Duncan Keith|
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|Course 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.|
|Course Prerequisites||Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing is required.|
Government and Politics in the Lone Star State: Theory and Practice, Eighth Edition, L. Tucker Gibson, Jr. and Clay Robison
|Attendance Policy||This is an on-line class and there will be no class meetings. Nonetheless, you are expected to keep current with the reading assignments and other activities. Procrastination in completing modules and class work will negatively impact your grade.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
A Mid-Term will be worth 30% of your grade.
A Final exam will be worth 40% of your grade.
A paper assignment will be worth 10% of your grade.
Each module will include a short quiz. Total will be 15% of your grade.
Two short assignments will constitute the final 5% of your grade.
Participation in Discussion Board is encouraged.
|Final Exam Date||July 24, 2015 - 8:00 PM|
Week 1: Course overview, Module 1 covering chapter 1 on the demographics of Texas and the political culture.
Week 2: Module 2: Chapters 2 and 3 on the Texas Constitution and Federalism.
Week 3: Module 3: Local Governments.
Week 4: Mid-Term Exam, and Module 4 Chapters 3.4 & 3.5, 12.2 and 13.2 & 13.3 about funding government.
Week 5: Module 5: Chapters 8, 9, 10 and 11 about Texas Legislature, Executive, Bureaucracy and Judiciary.
Week 6: Module 6: Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7 dealing with Interest Groups, Political Parties, Elections and Mass Media
Week 7: Module 7: Size and Scope of Government.
Week 8: Final exam.
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||See major assignments above.|
|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 the Texas constitution. (PSLO 2) Embedded test question.
2. Describe state and local political systems and their relationship with the federal government. (PSLO 1, 2 5 & alpha) Embedded test question, project rubric, pretest and post test.
3. Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice in Texas. (PSLO 2) Embedded test question, pretest and post test.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of Texas government. (PSLO 1, 2 & alpha) Embedded test questions, project rubric, pretest and post test.
5. Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in Texas. (PSLO 2, 5 & alpha) Embedded test questions, project rubric.
6. Analyze the state and local election process. (PSLO 6) Embedded question, project rubric.
7. Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens of Texas. (PSLO 1, 2, 5 & 6) Embedded test questions, pretest and post test, project rubric.
8. Analyze issues, policies, and political culture of Texas. (PSLO 1, 2, 5 & 6) Embedded test questions, pretest and post test, project rubric.
|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 be holding office hours. Please communicate through email. I will regularly check my in-box and promptly respond to your 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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Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
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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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