Paris Junior Colleg
Government 2305 Syllabus
Fall Semester 2012
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United States Government
GOVT 2305 is a study of the United States federal and constitutional systems; executive, judicial, and legislative powers and institutions; the United States Constitution, foreign and military policies, economic and financial development, formation and organization; political parties and ideologies; federal and interstate relations; close study of various current problems.
American Democracy Now by Harrison, Harris.
2nd Edition ISBN # 0077550285
Upon successful completion of GOVT 2305, the student will:
• increase their awareness of a citizen’s responsibility within a democracy.
• enhance his/her critical thinking skills and realize the implications of governmental structure on American society.
• increase his/her knowledge and understanding of the United States Constitution and federalism.
• understand the political environment; political parties, campaigns, elections and voting; the role of the media, public opinion and special interest groups.
• understand the concepts of civil liberties and civil rights; constitutional freedoms and the Bill of Rights; the Civil Rights Movement, women’s suffrage and the evolution of equal rights for everyone.
• understand the structure and the organization of the federal government; the functions and roles of the President, Congress, the Judiciary and the bureaucracy.
GOVT 2305 will assist students in the development of the following competencies:
• developing and communicating alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues. • using and critiquing alternative explanatory systems or theories. • analyzing the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural and global forces on the area under study. • understanding the evolution and current role of the United States in the world. • analyzing and developing creative solutions to public policy problems. • recognizing and assuming one’s responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy. • identifying and understanding differences and commonalities within diverse cultures. • comprehending the origins and evolution of the U.S. political system, with a focus on the growth of political institutions, the Constitution of the United States, federalism, civil liberties, and civil and human rights.
The course will be divided into four sections. Each section has its own subjects and reading assignments. Each section is followed by a Section Exam. Section Exams will not be comprehensive, and will only cover material from the Section they proceed.
Chapter 1 “People, Politics, and Participation”
Chapter 2 “The Constitution”
Chapter 3 “Federalism”
Section I Exam (Sept. 17- Sept. 19)
Chapter 11 “Congress”
Chapter 12 “The Presidency”
Chapter 14 “The Judiciary”
Section II Exam (Oct. 15- Oct. 17)
Chapter 6 “Political Socialization and Public Opinion”
Chapter 8 “Political Parties”
Chapter 9 “Elections, Campaigns, and Voting”
Section III Exam (Nov. 12- Nov. 14)
Chapter 4 “Civil Liberties”
Chapter 5 “Civil Rights”
Chapter 15 “Economic Policy”
Section IV Exam (Dec. 10- Dec. 12)
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