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Syllabus - University of Houston-Downtown Fall 2008...

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University of Houston-Downtown, Fall 2008 Political Science 2303: US Government 1 CRN 10362. MW 2:30-3:45 Prerequisite: ENG 1301 Instructor: Jason Caro, PhD Office: N-1057 Office Hours: MW 1-2, T 10-11, and by appt. Telephone: 713-221-2784 Email: [email protected] Description : Examines the political systems of the United States and Texas. Focuses upon constitutions, federalism, the development and the organization of political parties, public opinion and the role of pressure groups. This course is also a clinic in successful citizenship, that is, in the skills needed to win politically. To the extent possible, the pedagogical approach in this class is active and “hands-on.” We will often follow and duplicate events in U.S. or Texas politics or in functions of government so that we can thereby think, write, and speak politically too. Over the semester, our political skills and knowledge will improve. They will improve by attempting politics ourselves, through debate and argumentation, by listening to others, through group exercises or other student-centered learning, and by reading your book. Think of the book as a record of the achievement of political successes in America. Course Objectives: 1. Students will learn the scopes and limitations of the executive, legislative, and judicial powers in the national and state governments.
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