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POSI 2310 Syllabus - 2310.2 FALL2008SYLLABUS INSTRUCTOR...

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2310.2 PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT FALL  2008  SYLLABUS INSTRUCTOR: RICK HENDERSON OFFICE: EVANS LIBERAL ARTS  RM. 345 PHONE: 245-3267  E-MAIL: [email protected] OFFICE HRS.: MW 2PM -3:10 PM or by appointment  COURSE DESCRIPTION : A SURVEY OF THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, OF THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF  GOVERNMENT, AND THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONSTITUTIONS OF THE  UNITED STATES AND THE STATE OF TEXAS.  SATISFIES THE LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENT  FOR STUDY IN GOVERNMENT, AND FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION. REQUIRED TEXTS :   Greenberg & Page  America’s Democratic Republic  custom edition for 2310  Principles of American Government, Texas State University. New York:  (Pearson Education, 2008  Anthony Lewis.   Freedom From the Speech We Hate:  A Biography of the First Amendment .  (New York:  Basic Books, 2007) Note:  You have one main text and a supplemental text that will not be used until November.  I should  remind hyou that if you choose not to purchase the Anthony Lewis early in the semester then the  bookstores will likely send the remaining texts back to the publisher long before we will need to use it in  class.  This means that if you wait too long, your only option will be ordering the text online.  Your fourth  exam will include the Lewis text. ADDITIONAL READING : In addition to assigned readings from texts listed above, selected essays and articles will be required.  These will be made available either through handouts, elextronic library reserve,  Blackboard postings, or  TRACS external links.  YOU WILL BE PROVIDED  READING LISTS  FOR THE ASSIGNED  READINGS.  EVERYTHING WILL BE POSTED ON BLACKBOARD UNDER ASSIGNMENTS OR  COURSE DOCUMENTS. GRADING : THERE WILL BE FOUR  MULTIPLE- CHOICE/ TRUE-FALSE EXAMS DURING THE TERM.  THE  FINAL IS NOT  COMPREHENSIVE  HOWEVER THE FOURTH EXAM IS MORE EXTENSIVE AND  HAS A HIGHER POINT VALUE THAN THE FIRST THREE.  EACH EXAM ACCOUNTS FOR ONE- FOURTH OF YOUR FINAL GRADE, AND INCLUDE 60-85  QUESTIONS. THE FIRST THREE  EXAMS WILL BE WORTH 105 TOTAL POINTS.   THE THIRD EXAM WHICH WILL HAVE A 
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