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

Spring 2004

GOV 310L • American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34855 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Course Description

Fulfills first half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. The course will focus on debates that divide political actors over a wide variety of policy issues. We will examine the operation of major American institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy), examining the "inputs" into their operations (voters and other activists, parties, interest groups, public opinion, and the mass media), and the "outputs" (civil liberties, civil rights, and public policies in areas such as public education, distributive justice, the economy, and the environment). Some of these topics will be examined in the context of Texas politics. You will be expected to connect your required readings with material in lecture, The New York Times, and video clips, as well as to use system thinking to analyze the American political system and the other fundamental social systems (economics, law, religion, science and technology) with which it interacts and co-evolves.

Grading Policy

3 in-class exams, each worth 30% = 90% Class attendance and participation 10%


David V. Edwards and Alessandra Lippucci, "Practicing American Politics: An Introduction to Government ." Worth Publishers: New York, 1998. Study Guide The New York Times, M-F (student subscription)


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