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United States Government

Course Description

In Government, the focus is on the principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded, and on the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels.

Required Course Materials

Any 1 of the 3 state-adopted textbooks:
Holt American Government, Texas Edition.
Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2003. (ISBN: 0030663377)

Magruder’s American Government, Texas Edition.
Prentice Hall, Inc., 2003. (ISBN: 0130637009)

United States Government, Texas Edition.
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2003. (ISBN: 0078285682)

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. All assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: 40 multiple-choice questions and 2 opened-ended questions.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencil, computer-graded answer sheet provided.

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 11
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 16
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 11
Computer Graded: 5

Lesson 1: Foundations of American Government
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: A New System of Government
Activity 3: Federalism
Activity 4: Point-Counterpoint
Activity 5: Intergalactic Council
Graded Assignment 1

Lesson 2: The United States Constitutional System
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: Document Analysis - The U.S. Constitution
Activity 4: The Constitution: Fixed or Flexible?
Activity 5: Do I Have a Right?
Graded Assignment 2
Graded Assignment 3

Lesson 3: The Electoral Process
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: Using Technology for Campaigning
Activity 4: Document Analysis - The Election of 1824
Graded Assignment 4

Lesson 4: The Media, Public Opinion, and Interest Groups
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: Interest Groups
Activity 4: Peace Little Girl
Graded Assignment 5

Lesson 5: Congress
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: The Qualities of a Member of Congress
Graded Assignment 6

Lesson 6: The Great War - World War I
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: A Glorious Burden
Activity 4: The Role of Debates
Activity 5: Presidential Powers
Graded Assignment 7

Lesson 7: Government Finance
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: Taxes
Activity 4: Budget Hero
Graded Assignment 8
Graded Assignment 9

Lesson 8: The Judiciary and the First Amendment
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: Supreme Decision
Activity 4: The Second Amendment
Graded Assignment 10
Graded Assignment 11
Graded Assignment 12

Lesson 9: Civil Liberties and Equal Justice
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: Hernandez v. Texas
Graded Assignment 13
Graded Assignment 14

Lesson 10: Comparative Political Systems
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: Comparing Political Systems
Graded Assignment 15

Lesson 11: Texas Political System
Activity 1: Vocabulary
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review
Activity 3: Texas Juries
Graded Assignment 16

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