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Government 310L                       FALL 2009 #39000    TTh 12:30-1:45 in AC 21 #39030    TTh 2-3:15 in Welch 2.246 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Prof. David V. Edwards Office Hours  in  Batts 3.126 : And by appointment via 471-5121 or  dedwards@austin.utexas.edu   or whenever you find me in my office Teaching Assistants for 39000 and their office hours and email addresses: Christian Sorace, christiansorace@gmail.com , Ayca Arkilic, ayca_arkilic@yahoo.com , Teaching Assistants for 39030 and their office hours and email addresses: Rob De Luca, rob_de_luca@hotmail.com Leeann Youn, lyoun@mail.utexas.edu , Thursday 9:30-12:30 in Batts 1.118 Course Description and Objectives Our basic goal in this course is to help you develop analytical skills, concepts and  knowledge useful in understanding American politics in general and current events in  particular.  We believe that these skills and concepts will help you to be a better critical  and creative thinker about politics, and a more effective participant in politics should you  decide to do this at any time.   To achieve this goal we shall focus on disputes that divide political actors  (individuals, groups, and institutions), which we shall analyze using tools that you can  also apply to situations in your own everyday life.  We shall learn to examine American  politics in terms of  disputes over claims to the authority to decide what is, what causes  what, what’s right, what works, and what should be done by whom in politics .  We will  apply this framework to the major institutions (Congress, the presidency, the  bureaucracy, and the courts), the “inputs” into their operations (public opinion,  participation, parties, interest groups, social movements, the media), and the “outputs” 
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(civil liberties, civil rights, human rights, and various domestic and global public  policies).  We shall also apply this framework to understanding Texas politics from time  to time. Class Sessions Class sessions will be devoted to a combination of lectures and discussions on the  topic for the day and on current events from the daily  New York Times  (which will be  required reading Monday through Friday all semester). Lectures will expand upon or  relate to the readings assigned for each session, but  they will not summarize these  readings .  Instead,  lectures and discussions will be based on the assumption that you  have done the reading assignments before class .   Lectures will not summarize the  textbook readings.    Please bring your copy of the day’s New York Times to class every 
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