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Syllabus UTSA POL 1013 - UTSA POL 1013 Introduction to...

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UTSA POL # 1013, Introduction to American Politics - - Startin Instructor/Office Hours : Mr Jim Startin - home tel: (830)-537-6063; e-mail: [email protected] I am always available for questions in the classroom immediately before & after class, and via e-mail; I am also routinely available in my office (MS 4:03:18) shortly before my classes, however, office hours are by appointment only . Course Description - An examination of the institutions which make up our political system and their relationship to everyday life, with emphasis on American government. It begins with a look at the historical roots of our United States constitution and federalism, so as to understand where these ideas and concepts originated, and how and why they were implemented. The major focus of the course is on the national government and political institutions; it examines the arrangements between and among these institutions made possible by our political, economic and social environment, with a brief review of how they interact with Texas state government. Course Objectives - Successful completion of this course will enable students to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the US Constitution and the American institutions of government, and how they relate to the Texas Constitution and state political institutions 2. Understand and explain the concepts of federalism, limited government, separation of powers,
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