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Texas Government 2306

Syllabus
Blinn College – Bryan Campus

Section: 430CRN: 20188 Meets: TTH 4:15-5:30 in A114

Instructor's Name: Mr. Michael Smith

Office Number: A141Office Hours: : 1:30-2:30 TTH
Office Phone:Office Email: mbs018@shsu.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Government 2306 is a study of the organization, functions, and administration of the several branches and bureaucracy of the Texas state and local government, including a study of the numerous Texas constitutions. The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- current Texas Constitution, events that shaped the state, and current events. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of these subsystems.

PREREQUISITES:

Appropriate score on the THEA test or alternative test or completion of READ 0306 with a grade of “C” or better.

CORE CURRICULUM COURSE:

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives. More information can be obtained from www.blinn.edu/corecurriculum.

 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

1. Explain the origin and development of the Texas constitution. 2. Describe state and local political systems and their relationship with the federal government. 3. Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice in Texas. 4. Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Texas government. 5. Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in Texas. 6. Analyze the state and local election process.

7. Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
8. Analyze issues, policies and political culture of Texas.

TEXTBOOKS, SUPPLIES, MATERIALS:

Textbook: Maxwell et al. Texas Politics Today. 2011-2012 edition 15th edition,...
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