Introduction to American and Texas Government
The University of Texas at Austin
Unique Numbers 38090, 38095, 38100, 38105
Professor Jason P. Casellas, Ph.D.
Office Location: Batts 4.138
MW 11:00-11:50 am; F various times
Phone Number: (512) 232-7202
Room: MEZ B0.306
MW 2:30-4:00 pm
Mr. Donn Diego Gladish
Mr. Kody Cooper
Room: Batts 1.118
This course will examine the foundations, principles, institutions, and processes of
American government. Through the examination of the Constitution, federalism, and the
American creed, we will gain an appreciation for the political institutions that have
sustained the United States for more than two hundred years.
We will examine in detail
the characteristics of the three major branches of government, and how separation of
powers has worked and works in today’s polity. We will then discuss the various extra-
governmental institutions, which have an influence on governmental decisions, such as
interest groups, political parties, and the media. Finally, we will explore American
elections, political participation, and public opinion in order to better understand the
processes which give American politics its very life. The course will conclude with a
discussion of domestic and foreign policy, with reference to current political events.
Coleman, John, Kenneth Goldstein, and William Howell (2009).
American Politics and Government
, New York: Pearson Longman Publishers
University of Texas at Austin Online Project
Texas Government Website
Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay.
The Federalist Papers
ed. George W. Carey and James McClellan, The Gideon Edition.