GOV 310L • American Government
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Fulfills first half of legislative requirement for Government. This course is an introduction to American government and politics, with additional attention paid to Texas politics. We will analyze the American political experience both as it compares to other democratic countries of the Western hemisphere, and as it has evolved over time. In doing so this course seeks not merely to describe political events and processes, but also to explain them through a political science lens. Our principal goal is to develop students' analytical skills by which to understand the workings of government.
First Exam: 25% of final grade Second Exam: 30% of final grade Third Exam: 35% of final grade A number of pop quizzes: 10% of final grade
Morris Fiorina, Paul Peterson, Bertram Johnson, and William Mayer. 2009. New American Democracy. 6th Edition. New York: Addison, Wesley, and Longman. Alan Gigler and Burdett A. Loomis. 2008. American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings. 7th Edition. New York: Hoghton Mifflin. Texas politics (http://texaspolitics.laits.utexas.edu): a free, multimedia textbook.