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

Fall 2009

GOV 310L • American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38990 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
WEL 2.122
Martin, S

Course Description

Fulfills first half of legislative requirement for Government. This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of American politics. In this course we will examine the foundations, institutions, and functions of the United States government with special emphasis on the historical development of the American political system. We will also examine politics in Texas, facilitating comparisons between politics at the federal and state levels. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to think critically about key debates in American politics.

Grading Policy

There will be three in-class exams. Each exam will be worth 30% of the final course grade. Participation quizzes will also be given. Altogether, these quizzes will be worth 10% of the final course grade.


O'Connor, Sabato, and Yanus - Essentials of American Government: Roots and Reform, Longman, 9th ed Texas Politics (online book available free of charge):


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