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Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor: John Clack Office Number: N/A Email: [email protected] Conference Hours: Before or After Class COURSE RUBRIC: GOVT COURSE NUMBER: 2306.362 COURSE TITLE: Texas Government COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introductory survey to the state of Texas political system addressing federalism and the Texas Constitution structure and powers of the Texas government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches political parties, campaigns, and elections interest groups public policy and fiscal policy Prerequisites: Reading level 7, Writing level 7 (3:3-0) TEXTBOOKS/MATERIALS: Practicing Texas Politics by Lyle C. Brown, et al. Students are encouraged to purchase this textbook. If bought new at the bookstore, the book will come with an online access code. It is not necessary to have the online access code for this class. Students may purchase rental or used copies of the book. Students should read the associated chapter for each lecture prior to class as scheduled. CONTENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: A. Explain federalism and the Texas Constitution. D. Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the Texas government. E. Evaluate the role of interest groups and political parties. F. Analyze campaigns and the election process. G. Describe public policy process and fiscal policy. H. Analyze issues and policies in Texas politics. GENERAL EDUCATION OUTCOMES: A. CRITICAL THINKING: Students will develop habits of mind, allowing them to appreciate the processes by which scholars in various disciplines organize and evaluate data and use the methodologies of each discipline to understand the human experience; B. COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Students will communicate ideas, express feelings and support conclusions effectively in written, oral and visual formats; 1
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C. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: students will demonstrate a global perspective toward issues of culture, society, politics, environment, and sustainability; D. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Students will develop habits of intellectual exploration, personal responsibility and physical well- being.
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