GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This is the second semester of the two-course legislative requirement in American and Texas government. The course seeks an understanding of the basic principles of American government in a close reading of a number of classic constitutional, theoretical, and political texts. The core of the readings are The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Federalist Papers by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay, and Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. The meaning of democracy, equality, and liberty in the American system, the constitutional shape these values take, and the effect of these ideas on American life will be the recurring themes of our discussions.
Grades will be computed in the following manner:
Rossiter, ed., The Federalist Papers (edition with the Constitution, Declaration, and Articles of Confederation in the appendices) Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Vols. I and II, edited by J.P. Mayer, translated by G. Lawrence There will also be a small photo-duplicated packet of readings available for purchase at Paradigm Bookstore, on 24th just off Guadalupe. All assigned readings are either in the two texts or in the packet.