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

Fall 2005

GOV 310L • American Government-Honors-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37500 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BUR 436A
Sparrow

Course Description

Designed for Plan I Honors students. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Fulfills first half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. This course introduces honors students to the government and politics of Texas (some) and the United States (a lot). It concentrates on the political philosophy and political history of the United States: What are the ideas about politics and government that are most relevant to understanding the United States as a representative democracy? What were the events, ideas, and realities behind the political development of the United States from thirteen states on the Atlantic coast to its emergence as a superpower and, now, as sole superpower at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The course similarly discusses the political development and institutions of the state of Texas. Course lectures will be supplemented by guest lectures and videos. Class attendance and participation is expected, and students may be called upon.

Grading Policy

TBA

Texts

William Trimble, Writing with Style. William Weld, Big Ugly.

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