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

Summer 2003

GOV s310L • American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
85505 MTWThF
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
ART 1.102
SHAW

Course Description

This course has three purposes. The first is to introduce students to the broad themes that have dominated discussions of government and politics in the United States since the inception of the Republic. Issues such as civil rights and liberties, the scope of government and involvement in society, and democratic representation are presented against their historical and contemporary backdrops. Second, the course aims to provide students with basic factual information about the functioning of American government. What are checks and balances? What is the Electoral College? And other things of this nature. Third, there is an attempt to give students a glimpse into the world of the political scientist. What questions interest the discipline? What are the contemporary debates? How do we investigate phenomena?

Grading Policy

2 multiple choice exams: 30% each 1 take-home exam: 30% Attendance and participation: 10%

Texts

Morris, Fiorina, and Paul Peterson. The New American Democracy. Peter Woll. American Government

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