University of North Texas--Department of Political Science
American Government--PSCI 1050.007 Fall Term 2009
M –1-3 p.m.; T- 3-5 p.m.(& by
appointment) -322AA University Union
(940) 565-2614 (please identify yourself as a Political Science student)
Tues-Thurs., 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. Lyceum
To be announced and posted on Blackboard!
The syllabus, discussion forum, announcements, grades and chapter
powerpoints will be posted to Blackboard. In order to access this website, do the following:
Go to the UNT homepage (
Click on Blackboard, at the top of the page
IMPORTANT: YOU MUST ALLOW POP-UPS ON THIS SITE
Login with your EIUD and password
Click on PSCI 1050, Section 7
1) Morris P. Fiorina, Paul LE. Peterson, Bertram Johnson, William G. Mayer. 2009 (6
The New American Democracy
New York: Pearson/Longman.
[hereinafter Fiorina et al.].
2) Gloria C. Cox, editor. 2007 (8
Processes & Policies in American and Texas Politics: A
Workbook for Political Science 1050
. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press.
Note: Be sure to
get the one with the
[hereinafter Workbook]. For copyright reasons, the workbook is not
on reserve. T.A.s have copies in their office if you decide not to purchase it.
3) “Texas Politics,” University of Texas at Austin, 2005, Liberal Arts Instructional Technology
[hereinafter Texas Politics Website]
-- While there is no mandatory attendance policy, attendance will be taken. You are urged
to attend, because class lectures will emphasize key areas that you should study. If you have near
perfect attendance (missed no more than 2 classes), you will receive 10 extra credit points added to
This is an early class. If you arrive late and the sign-in sheet has passed your desk, you
can’t go hunting it down. If you fail to sign in, you’ll be considered absent.
– You will have opportunities to earn extra credit points as we progress through the
These points will be added to your final exam grade. If you miss class, chances are you’ll
miss announcements about extra credit. All extra credits must be turned in to the T.A. by the
of class on the day that they are due.
Late extra credits will not be accepted.
credits must be in paper form (electronic copies will not be accepted) and must have your name and
seat number on the top or they will be returned to you without credit.
- There are five workbook assignments, and each one consists of three different
exercises. You must complete all three parts and turn them in at the beginning of class on the day it is
due. Once the TA collects the assignments, no work will be accepted from latecomers. Each student is
required to submit his/her own copies of the workbook assignments (you cannot submit one