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

Spring 2010

GOV 310L • American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38675 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
BUR 106
Prindle, D

Course Description

The purpose of this course is not only to provide useful information and a point of view with which to understand politics in the state and the nation. I am an explicitly normative teacher; that is, I try to supply students with the ideal of a democratic polity as well as the reality of the system, in order that they may compare the reality with the ideal and evaluate the results. In other words, I hope to help my students become better citizens.

Grading Policy

There are three tests in this class, the score on each of which, in general, counts one third of your grade. For a few students, I may make some minor adjustments in these averages to reflect class participation. Here are the average numerical grades, and their corresponding letter grades: A plus: 97 or higher A: 93 to 96.7 A minus: 90 to 92.7 B plus: 87 to 89.7 B: 83 to 86.7 B minus: 80 to 82.7 C plus: 77 to 79.7 C: 63 to 66.7 C minus: 60 to 62.7 D: 50 to 59.7 F: Below 50 People who have missed one or more of the three assignments, in addition to those who average below 50, will receive an "F." I may make some minor adjustments in these averages to reflect class participation.

Texts

American Government, Texas Edition, by Dautrich, Yalof, Newell, Prindle, and Shomaker (Cengage Publisher, 2010)

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