1 Texas Government 2306 –Spring 2011 Blinn College- Bryan Campus SYLLABUS Attention!Please be aware that this is a ‘Blended’ course. As such, this class will consist of an in-classroom environment AND a heavy online component.Students are required to attend the class in which you are enrolled, once a week-every week (see Attendance policy on page 2), in addition to participating and completing the online requirements of this course. Section(s): B2 (Tuesday 9:10-10:25 a.m.) B3 (Tuesday 12-1:15 p.m.) B4 (Thursday 9:10-10:25 a.m.) B5 (Thursday 12-1:15 p.m.) B6 (Wednesday 2:50-4:05 p.m.) B7 (Monday 2:50-4:05 p.m.) Instructor: Tiffiny Vincent Office Location: A 213 Office Hours: In person MW 1:25 p.m.-2:40 p.m. Online Office Hours: MW 10:00a.m.–Noon;TR 1:25 p.m.-2:40 p.m. Office Phone: (979) 209-7319 Email: [email protected]COURSE DESCRIPTION: Government 2306 consists of a study of the organization, functions, and administration of state and local government including a study of the state constitution. The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government (Judicial, Executive, Legislative), historical documents (Constitution), events that shaped our state and current events. Three credit hours. PREREQUISITES: Appropriate score on the THEA test or alternate test or completion or READ 0306 with a grade of “C” or better. CORE CURRICULUM COURSE: This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives. The URL for the Blinn College Core Curriculum web site is: COURSE OBJECTIVES AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: After successfully completing Government 2306, students should have a working knowledge of the following: Discuss the political culture and the economic, social, ethnic, and geographic diversity of the state. Trace the development of the current Texas Constitution. Examine local government, federalism, and intergovernmental relationships. Determine the role of ideology and political parties in Texas. Determine the role of interest groups and individual political participation in Texas. Explain the structure, roles and functions of the Texas executive branch, including state agencies. Identify the primary components of the Texas legislature, its major functions and its effectiveness. Analyze the structure, functions and effectiveness of the Texas court system. Evaluate policy formulation and implementation. Evaluate fiscal policy matters such as taxing, spending, and budgeting. TEXTBOOK (Required):Brown, Lyle C. et.al., Practicing Texas Politics, 2009 Update. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN-13: 978-1-4240-7569-0
2 AMERICANS with DISABILITIES ACT STATEMENT: In order to receive accommodations on exams or assignments, proper documentation must first be provided to the Office of Disability Services. Contact an ADA representative to set up an accommodations meeting @ 209-7251.