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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 1301-162 American Government Spring 2008 TR 8 a.m. 9:20 a.m. Agriculture 214 Instructor: Dr. Cindy Rugeley Office: Holden Hall 122 Office Hours: Wednesday 11 a.m. noon; Thursday 1 2 p.m.; and by appointment Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 742-4081 Teaching Assistant: Stephanie Gonzales Office: Holden Hall 18 Office Hours: Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday noon 3 p.m. Email: email@example.com Required Text and Materials: Patterson, Thomas E. The American Democracy, Alternate Edition, 8. McGraw Hill Higher Education. ISBN: 978-07-310352-5. Students also are required to purchase a clicker. These are available at the university bookstore. Please note that you must use the clicker that is assigned to this class. The Clicker is a CPS RF version and is produced by eInstruction. We will have a discussion on how to set up the clickers during the second class. There is a WebCt site assigned to this course. The site will include pertinent materials such as the course syllabus, lecture notes and study guides. Also, we will regularly discuss current events. Periodically, I will include newspaper articles and other materials in the discussions and those will be available on the WebCt site. Course Description This course is designed as a survey course to introduce the student to the basic institutions and processes of American (federal) and Texas governments. We will discuss what government does and how government impacts American citizens. The emphasis throughout this course will be on how government works and how citizens can participate in their government. For political science majors, the course will provide the broad overview necessary for more advanced courses in American politics. For non- majors, the course will provide you information to better understand the United States government. Course Learning Outcomes and Assessments 1. Describe the functions of the three branches of the U.S. government. METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Midterm Exam III 2. Describe the role of the U.S. constitution in our political system. METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Midterm Exam I 3. Describe the major factors affecting political participation in the U.S. METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Midterm Exam II 4. Describe the role of political parties and interest groups in the U.S. political system. METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Midterm Exam II 5. Describe the impact of the Texas constitution on politics. METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Midterm Exam 1 Quizzes will also assess competencies in many of these areas. Course Requirements The course will be based on three mid-term exams, a cumulative final exam and periodic quizzes. The lowest grade of the three mid-term exams will be dropped. All students are expected to take the final exam. Quizzes will be announced in class and will cover only material in the text. Quizzes will be posted on the WebCt site and taken online....
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