GOVT 2302 Syllabus - American Government GOVT 2302 Summer...

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American Government GOVT 2302 Summer 2010 Dr. James G. Monroe Phone: 832.457.7849 E-mail: james.g.monroe@lonestar.edu Government 2302 is the second of two courses designed to introduce students to the study of politics and government at the local, state, and national levels. This course fulfills one-half of the American Government requirement for a bachelor’s degree from a state university in Texas. This course is fully transferable to other public colleges and universities. In this class we will focus on the study of government and politics from the perspective of a political scientist. We will emphasize the role of the primary institutions of government on the state and national level: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial branches as well as the bureaucracy. We will also examine domestic and foreign policy and civil rights and liberties. Required Texts: Ginsberg, Lowi, and Weir, We the People: An Introduction to American Politics , (7 th Texas edition) Kernell and Smith, Principles and Practice of American Politics (4th edition) Also reading text in the Lessons is essential and required. COURSE OUTLINE: 7 June Introduction to Course and Course Requirements Cover materials in "Getting Started" Module 8 - 10 June Introduction to Congress Read: Ginsberg, c. 12; Kernell, c. 6 11-14 June The Legislative Process Read: Ginsberg, c. 12 15 - 17 June The Texas State Legislature Read: Ginsberg, c. 23 18 - 21 June The Presidency and Executive Branch Read: Ginsberg, c. 13; Kernell, c. 7 22 - 24 June Office of the Governor Read: Ginsberg, c. 24 (pp, 907 - 917) 25 - 28 June The Federal Bureaucracy Read: Ginsberg, c. 14; Kernell, c. 8
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28 June Mid-Term Exam 29 June - 1 July Texas Governmental Agencies Read: Ginsberg, c. 24 (pp. 917 - 933) 26 - 29 June The Judiciary Read, Ginsberg, c. 15; Kernell. c. 9 2 - 5 July The Texas Court System Read: Ginsberg c. 25 6 - 10 July Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Read: Ginsberg, cc. 4, 5; Kernell. cc. 4, 5 Paper due on 6 July. 12 July Final Exam
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ORGANISATION FOR INSTRUCTION Reading Assignments: This course is intended to encourage a meaningful exchange of ideas through discussion thread. Therefore, it is imperative that each student complete the reading assignment be prepared to discuss the material. All reading assignments may be found in the required texts as well as the lesson texts in the course. It is imperative
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GOVT 2302 Syllabus - American Government GOVT 2302 Summer...

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