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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 310L • American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37565 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
MEZ 1.306
Hanson

Course Description

Fulfills first half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. This is a class on American and Texas Government. You may or may not realize is how important government and politics is in your everyday life. There are very few activities in which you participate that are not somehow connected to the government. As such, it is important for you to understand at least the basics of how it all functions. Many people have difficulty understanding government, or are just turned off by politics in general, because they do not yet know how to analyze what they see in the news. This course will provide you the tools to better understand and interpret how the government and politics affect your lives. This understanding will enable you to make more informed choices as a citizen. In the process of learning the information, it is my hope that you will also be able to apply skills learned here to the rest of your lives through a better use of critical reasoning and evaluation tools.

Grading Policy

Students will be evaluated through two mid-term exams, a final cummulative exam, 12 quizzes, and one 5-7 page essay assignment. The exams contain a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions. The final exam will also contain a cummulative long essay question. The quizzes will contain 5 questions from the day's assigned readings and current events. The essay assignment will ask you to incorporate current events into one of the concepts covered in class.

Texts

Janda, Berry, and Goldman The Challenge of Democracy, 8th edition Peter Woll American Government: Readings and Cases, 15th edition

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