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

Samuel West

BA, Villanova University; MA, Villanova University

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American Politics, Political Theory

GOV 310L • American Government

38675 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm BUR 136
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This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

GOV F310L • American Government

84775 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 830am-1000am CLA 0.130
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Instructor

West, Sam

 

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to American government and politics. We will cover subjects including 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. The second explores the institutional features of government – Congress, the presidency, the Bureaucracy, and the courts. The third section explores mass democratic behavior including American political parties, elections, public opinion, individual level and interest group participation, and the media as well as the products of government including economic, social, and foreign policy.

 

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 Evaluation

For this course, there will be two exams, weekly quizzes, and a final.  The percentage toward your overall grade total is as follows:

 

25% - Exam #1

25% - Exam #2

40% - Final (Cumulative)

10% - Quizzes

 

Required Text

Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere. 2012. American Government: Power and Purpose (13th Edition). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN 978-0-393-92244-8

GOV 310L • American Government

38955 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 800am-930am MEZ 1.306
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 Course Overview

 This course is an introduction to American government and politics. We will cover subjects including 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, and the courts. The second section explores mass democratic behavior including American political parties, 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.

Course Evaluation

 For this course, there will be two exams, weekly quizzes, and a final.  The percentage toward your overall grade total is as follows:

 25%

 - Exam #1

25%

 - Exam #2

35%

-  Final

15%

-  Weekly Quizzes

 Texts and Required Materials

Theodore

 J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere. 2012. American Government: Power and Purpose (12th

 Edition w/ 2012 Election Update). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN: 978-0-393-92187-8

GOV 310L • American Government

39037 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am CLA 0.128
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This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

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