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U.S. Government

Course Description

Satisfies the state requirement for U.S. and Texas government.

Required Course Materials

McClenaghan, William A., Magruder’s American Government, Texas Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2003, ISBN 0-13-063700-9

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. Most 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 25percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 70 percent of your graded assignments have been completed, 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: Multiple-choice, short answer.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencil, answer sheet provided

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 10
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 10
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 0
Instructor Graded (US Mail submission): 6
Computer Graded: 4

Lesson 1: Foundations of American Government

Lesson 2: The United States Constitutional System

Lesson 3: The Electoral Process

Lesson 4: The Media, Public Opinion, and Interest Groups

Lesson 5: Congress

Lesson 6: The Presidency

Lesson 7: Bureaucracy and Government Finances

Lesson 8: The Judiciary and the First Amendment

Lesson 9: Civil Liberties and Equal Justice

Lesson 10: Comparative Political Systems

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