GOV 310L • American Government
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
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.
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.
American Government, Texas Edition, by Dautrich, Yalof, Newell, Prindle, and Shomaker (Cengage Publisher, 2010)