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Unformatted text preview: GOVT 2302: Political Institutions in the U.S. and Texas Course Information GOVT 2302 Section 2302-002 Fall 2010 TR 11:30am-12:45pm, SOM 2.106 Contact Information Prof. Patrick T. Brandt E-mail: [email protected] Office: Green 2.802 Hours: TR 9:00-11:00am and by appointment Phone: 972 883 4923 TA: Joy Francisco E-mail: [email protected] Office: Green 3.314 Hours: TR 1:30-3:00pm Course Description This course is an introduction to the study of politics and the constitutions and political institutions of the United States and Texas. The information in this course is more practical than you might think: whether you are an engineering, business, or political science major, as a citizen it is important that you be informed about how government works. Businessmen find it difficult to navigate government that they do not understand, and engineers cannot get a patent unless they know the rules and laws that protect inventions, and citi- zens have almost no hope of finding out anything by calling a government agency in a phone book. Student Learning Objectives On completing this core curriculum course, students will be able to: • provide examples and apply important theoretical and scholarly approaches to explaining state and national institutional behavior, citizen involvement, and inter- action between citizens and institutions of government • analyze and appreciate historical trends in the devel- opment of government institutions and their constitu- tional foundations • identify, describe and analyze various mechanisms of citizen political involvement. Required texts and materials The following book has been ordered for this course: Ginsberg et al. 2009. We the people, An introduction to American politics (Texas edition) . 7th edition. W. W. Nor- ton. This text is available at the UTD bookstore, Off-Campus Books, etc. Off Campus Books allows rentals of this text. There is also an e-book for this course if you would prefer an on-line version. It is available for purchase / access at www.nortonebooks.com/disciplines/ polisci.asp Please be sure to chose the Texas edition of We the People before clicking on the option to purchase. Students regularly ask me if they can use another (i.e., cheaper) edition. That choice is up to you and I have no opinion other than to note that the quizzes and exams are based on the text listed above. Required readings will be approximately 50 pages per week. You should read carefully the material at least once before class. Chapter references in the course outline are to this text. Students should also stay abreast of current events in American politics. Current events will figure prominently in class discussions, assignments, as well as examples. I recommend making a habit of reading a daily paper such as the Dallas Morning News, New York Times or the Chicago Tribune. Alternatively you may also wish to read a weekly news magazine such as The Economist, Newsweek, Time, or U.S. News and World Report....
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2010 for the course GOVT 2302 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '08 term at Richland Community College.
- Fall '08