Political Science 261.14
Office Location: AB1 319B
Office Phone/Email: (936) 294-1466, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Ts/T 2:00 – 3:30, MWF 10:00 – 11:30 or by appointment
This course has two primary objectives:
The class format will be a mixture of lecture and student participation. During class discussions, we will not assume that there is a “correct” position on a particular political issue, but rather that there are multiple positions all of which must be considered. Thus students are strongly encouraged to arrive at their own political opinions. However, students must arrive at their opinions through active debate and informed reasoning. “Off the cuff” political opinions are not credible or productive to class learning.
Thomas E. Patterson, The American Democracy . (7 th edition, Texas edition, ISBN 0-07-322651-3
There are three multiple-choice exams. Each exam is weighted equally. There is no comprehensive final exam in this course. Exams will be based on material from lectures and the textbook.
Make-up exams will be granted to students who can provide formal documentation of a medical or family emergency. If a student fails to provide this documentation, he or she will receive a zero on the exam. Please note that visitation slips issued by the University Health Center are not considered formal documentation, unless the slip clearly indicates that the student was too ill to attend class. Make up exams will be short answer exams.
Under NO circumstances will extra credit be offered in this course.
Scored Scantron Sheets
Students must keep their scored scantron sheets. A student cannot challenge their grade unless he or she has copies of all scantron sheets.
Please see http://www.shsu.edu/syllabus for class policies regarding:
Academic Dishonesty , Classroom Rules of Conduct, Student Absences on Religious Holy Days, Students with Disabilities Policy, and Visitors in the Classroom.
August 22 - 24 Chapter 1: American Political Culture (pp 5-18)
Texas Chapter 1: Introduction to Texas Government
Current Event: Immigration and Citizenship
August 29 – 31 Chapter 2: Constitutional Democracy (pp 50-61)
September 5 - 7 Chapter 3: Federalism
September 12 - 14 Chapter 4: Civil Liberties
September 19 - 21 Chapter 5: Civil Rights
September 3 Exam 1
October 3 - 5 Chapter 6: Public Opinion (pp 183-205)
October 10 - 12 Chapter 7: Political Participation
October 19 - 21 Texas Chapter 3: Participation in Texas Politics
October 26 - 28 Chapter 8: Political Parties (pp 248-256)
October 31 Exam 2
November 2 Chapter 11: Congress
November 7 – 9 Class does not meet. Online assignments to be completed.
November 14 Chapter 11: Congress
November 16 Chapter 12: The Presidency
November 21 – 24 Thanksgiving Break
November 28 Chapter 12: The Presidency
November 30 Chapter 13: The Courts
December 5 Chapter 13: The Courts
December 7 Summary of Course Material
December 12 8:00 – 10:00 Exam 3