GOV 310L • American Government
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
12 hours of college coursework and a passing score on the reading section on the THEA test. The course fulfills the first half of the legislative requirement for Government. This course provides an introduction to American politics. The course centers on the fundamental role played by the institutions of American government including Congress, the Presidency, Federal Judiciary, and the Bureaucracy in understanding political dynamics in the United States. The course also examines public opinion and participation as inputs to the institutions of American government, and the mediating role of organizations such as interest groups, the news media, and political parties. In addition to mastering basic facts about American government, the course will apply political science theories to the broader questions of democratic government and examine evidence assessing these theories. The course also makes connections between politics at the federal level of government and the political institutions of the state of Texas.
Grades will be based on four in-class exams.
Edwards, Wattenberg, and Lineberry. Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy. Brief Edition, 10/E.