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

Eric Svensen

M.A., University of Texas, Austin; B.A., University of California, San Diego

Eric Svensen

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Congress, the presidency, separation of powers, political parties, American political development, economic policy, methodology

GOV 310L • American Government

38980 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ B0.306
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Course Overview:

This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Subjects we will cover are U.S. political history, political institutions, political parties, elections, public opinion, civil rights and freedoms, public policy issues, and Texas state politics. The class will be divided into three thematic sections. The first section begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the development of democracy, the adoption of the Constitution, federalism, and the institutional features of government – Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the courts and American political parties. The second section explores mass democratic behavior including, elections, public opinion, individual level and interest group participation, and the media. The final section of class focuses on economic, social, and foreign policy, as well as exploring Texas political history and politics.

Prerequisites:

Students must have completed twelve semester hours of college credit and received a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or another appropriate test before enrolling in this course.

Grading Policy:

There are two exams, a final exam, and 12 quizzes for this course. The first exam is worth 25%, the second is worth 30%, and the final is worth 35% of your overall grade. Quizzes account for 10% of your final grade for which I drop the two lowest scores. There is no attendance requirement for this course but I hold quizzes at the conclusion of each chapter in the textbook. This means quizzes are not held on a routine schedule. 

Textbook:

Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere. 2013. American Government: Power and Purpose (13th Edition). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. 

GOV S310L • American Government

85155 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 830am-1000am CLA 0.112
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Prerequisites:

Students must have completed twelve semester hours of college credit and received a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or another appropriate test before enrolling in this course.

 

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Subjects we will cover are U.S. political history, political institutions, political parties, elections, public opinion, civil rights and freedoms, public policy issues, and Texas state politics. The class will be divided into three thematic sections. The first section begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the development of democracy, the adoption of the Constitution, federalism, and the institutional features of government – Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the courts and American political parties. The second section explores mass democratic behavior including, elections, public opinion, individual level and interest group participation, and the media. The final section of class focuses on economic, social, and foreign policy, as well as exploring Texas political history and politics.

 

Grading Policy:

There are two exams and a final exam for this course. Each exam is worth 30% of your overall grade, the final (cumulative) is worth 40%.

 

Texts:

Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere. 2011. American Government: Power and Purpose (12th Edition). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN: 978-0-393-91207-4 

David T. Canon, John J. Coleman, and Kenneth R. Mayer. 2013. The Enduring Debate (7th Edition). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN 978-0-393-93990-3. 

GOV 310L • American Government

38672 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ B0.306
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Course Overview:

This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Subjects we will cover are U.S. political history, political institutions, political parties, elections, public opinion, civil rights and freedoms, public policy issues, and Texas state politics. The class will be divided into three thematic sections. The first section begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the development of democracy, the adoption of the Constitution, federalism, and the institutional features of government – Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the courts and American political parties. The second section explores mass democratic behavior including, elections, public opinion, individual level and interest group participation, and the media. The final section of class focuses on economic, social, and foreign policy, as well as exploring Texas political history and politics.

Prerequisites:

Students must have completed twelve semester hours of college credit and received a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or another appropriate test before enrolling in this course.

Grading Policy:

There are two exams, a final exam, and 12 quizzes for this course. Each exam is worth 25% of your overall grade, the final is worth 35%, and quizzes are 15% for which I drop the two lowest scores. There is no attendance requirement for this course but I hold quizzes at the conclusion of each chapter in the textbook. This means quizzes are not held on a routine schedule. 

Textbook:

Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere. 2011. American Government: Power and Purpose (12th Edition). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN: 978-0-393-91207-4

 

 

GOV 310L • American Government

38550 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm WAG 201
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Prerequisites

Students must have completed twelve semester hours of college credit and received a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or another appropriate test before enrolling in this course.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Subjects we will cover are U.S. political history, political institutions, political parties, elections, public opinion, civil rights and freedoms, public policy issues, and Texas state politics. The class will be divided into three thematic sections. The first section begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the development of democracy, the adoption of the Constitution, federalism, and the institutional features of government – Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the courts and American political parties. The second section explores mass democratic behavior including, elections, public opinion, individual level and interest group participation, and the media. The final section of class focuses on economic, social, and foreign policy, as well as exploring Texas political history and politics.  

Grading Policy

There are two exams, a final exam, and 12 quizzes for this course. Each exam is worth 25% of your overall grade, the final is worth 35%, and quizzes are 15% for which I drop the two lowest scores. There is no attendance requirement for this course but I hold quizzes at the conclusion of each chapter in the textbook. This means quizzes are not held on a routine schedule. 

Text

Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere. 2011. American Government: Power and Purpose (11th Edition w/ 2010 Election Update). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN: 978-0-393-11820-9

 

GOV F310L • American Government

85290 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am MEZ 1.306
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Prerequisites

Students must have completed twelve semester hours of college credit and received a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or another appropriate test before enrolling in this course.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Subjects we will cover are U.S. political history, political institutions, political parties, elections, public opinion, civil rights and freedoms, public policy issues, and Texas state politics. The class will be divided into three thematic sections. The first section begins with the creation of the nation and its fundamental features, including the development of democracy, the adoption of the Constitution, federalism, and the institutional features of government – Congress, the presidency, the courts and American political parties. The second section explores mass democratic behavior including, elections, public opinion, individual level and interest group participation, and the media. The final section of class focuses on economic, social, and foreign policy, as well as exploring Texas political history and politics.

Grading Policy

There are two exams, a final exam, and 12 quizzes for this course. Each exam is worth 25% of your overall grade, the final is worth 35%, and quizzes are 15% for which I drop the two lowest scores. There is no attendance requirement for this course but I hold a quiz at the conclusion of each chapter in the textbook. This means quizzes are not held on a routine schedule. 

Texts

Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere. 2011. American Government: Power and Purpose (11th Edition w/ 2010 Election Update). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN: 978-0-939-11820-9

GOV 310L • American Government

38535 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 900am-1000am ART 1.120
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