POL 261.06 Principles of American Government National and State

MWF 2:00-2:50 (AB1 317)

Jonathan Gallen

Fall 2006

 

Office Hours: TBA

 

Office Location: AB1 318C Office Phone: 936-294-1470

Cell Phone: 936-581-2409 E-Mail: stdjwg14@shsu.edu

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the dynamics of American and Texas government. Current events will also be included in class lectures and discussions. At the end of the course, students should be equipped with an understanding of the processes, structures, behaviors, and dynamics of American and Texas politics sufficient for analyzing political phenomena at the national and state level.

 

COURSE READINGS :

 

Patterson, Thomas E. 2005. The American Democracy: Texas Edition . Boston : McGraw

Hill Custom Publishing, Alternate Seventh Edition.

 

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Exams : There will be four exams. They will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions. You will need a Scantron for each exam. The exams will cover all reading assignments, videos, and lectures. The final exam will NOT be comprehensive.

 

COURSE EVALUATION:

 

Exam 1:     25%

Exam 2:     25%

Exam 3:     25%

Final Exam:     25%

 

CLASSROOM POLICIES:

 

Make Up Exams: Make up Exams will be given to students who miss an exam because of illness, a death in the family, or an official university activity. You must notify me immediately if you miss an exam. Make up exams will be given at the convenience of the faculty member.

 

Attendance: After three unexcused absences, I reserve the right to deduct one point from the final grade for each additional unexcused absence.

Religious Holy Days Policy: A student may be excused from class in order to observe a religious holy day if the student presents the faculty with a written statement regarding the religious holy day. The request should be made in the first 15 days of the semester.

 

Academic Honesty Policy: Students are expected to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is above reproach and to maintain complete honesty and integrity in the academic experiences. Academic dishonesty includes cheating on exams or other academic work, plagiarism, collusion and the abuse of resource materials. Any student found cheating on exams or plagiarizing another's work will be given an F for the course.

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

 

August 21: Syllabus/Introductory Remarks

August 23: Chapter 1 Lecture (American Political Culture)

August 25: Chapter 1 Lecture (American Political Culture)

August 28: Chapter 2 Lecture (Constitutional Democracy)

August 30: Chapter 2 Lecture (Constitutional Democracy)

September 1: Chapter 3 Lecture (Federalism)

September 4: Labor Day (NO CLASS)

September 6: Chapter 3 Lecture (Federalism)

September 8: Chapter 4 Lecture (Civil Liberties)

September 11: Chapter 4 Lecture (Civil Liberties)

September 13: Exam #1 Review

September 15: Exam #1 (Chapters 1-4)

 

September 18: Chapter 5 Lecture (Equal Rights)

September 20: Chapter 5 Lecture (Equal Rights)

September 22: NO CLASS

September 25: Chapter 6 Lecture (Public Opinion and Political Socialization)

September 27: Chapter 6 Lecture (Public Opinion and Political Socialization)

September 29: Chapter 7 Lecture (Political Participation and Voting)

October 2: Chapter 7 Lecture (Political Participation and Voting)

October 4: Chapter 8 Lecture (Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns)

October 6: Chapter 8 Lecture (Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns)

October 9: Chapter 9 Lecture (Interest Groups)

October 11: Chapter 9 Lecture (Interest Groups)

October 13: Chapter 10 Lecture (The News Media)

October 16: Chapter 10 Lecture (The News Media)

October 18: Exam #2 Review

October 20: Exam #2 (Chapters 5-10)

 

 

 

 

 

October 23: Chapter 11 Lecture (Congress)

October 25: Chapter 11 Lecture (Congress)

October 27: Chapter 11 Lecture (Congress)

October 30: Chapter 12 Lecture (Presidency)

November 1: Chapter 12 Lecture (Presidency)

November 3: Chapter 13 Lecture (Federal Bureaucracy)

November 6: Chapter 13 Lecture (Federal Bureaucracy)

November 8: Chapter 14 Lecture (Judiciary)

November 10: Chapter 14 Lecture (Judiciary)

November 13: Chapter 14 Lecture (Judiciary)

November 15: Exam #3 Review

November 17: Exam #3 (Chapters 11-14)

 

November 20: NO CLASS

November 22: Thanksgiving Holiday (NO CLASS)

November 24: Thanksgiving Holiday (NO CLASS)

November 27: Texas Lectures (Chapters 1-3)

November 29: Texas Lectures (Chapters 4-6)

December 1: Texas Lectures (Chapters 7-9)

December 4: Final Exam Review

December 6: Final Exam ( Texas Chapters 1-9)

December 8: Study Day (NO CLASS)