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

Fall 2005

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37595 MW
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
MEZ B0.306

Course Description

Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for government. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. May be taken for credit only once. In many courses you might read works written by the Founders of our republic -- thinkers like James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson. But what were the Founders themselves reading? What classical works of political thought influenced them? What light does this shed on the foundations of our own political society? Fortunately, we don't have to guess what works the Founders considered important. In 1783, Madison proposed to the Continental Congress a list of books to be purchased for their study and use. Your readings packet consists of selections from that list. This course provides an unusual way to enter into the minds of the men who began the new nation.

Grading Policy

Three or four equally-weighted take-home essay examinations, totalling about 16 pages (75%). About sixteen short-answer-format quizzes (25%). Grades are also affected by analytical outlines (encouraged, but not required); by absences (there is a limit); by class participation (expected); and by scholastic dishonesty (forbidden, naturally).


Most of the readings will be in a packet available from Abel's Copies. However, check with the bookstore too, because, depending on which books are in available as reprints, several may be ordered for the use of the class.


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