This is an undergraduate course on the American and Texas system of governments. This course is meant to introduce the student to how the American and Texas Governments work. In this course we will cover such topics as American and Texas political culture, the American and Texas Constitutions, the system of federalism, and the media, elections, political parties, public opinion, and interest groups for both the United States and Texas.
The three exams will count 75% (25% apiece) toward your final grade. The quiz grades will be averaged. The average will make up 10% of your grade. Finally, the in-class and homework projects will make up the last 15% of your grade.
Later papers/projects will not be accepted and will be given a grade of zero.
Class attendance is strongly encouraged. It has been my experience that those who do not attend class tend to have a difficult time with the course and generally receive lower grades. I will not regularly take attendance, however, throughout the course of the semester I may feel it necessary to take attendance in order to provide extra points on exams for those who are putting forth the effort to come to class. Students are expected to act like responsible adults in class.
At no time will a student be allowed to use Wikipedia as a source for any project or paper in my class. If it is determined that Wikipedia was used as a source for a project or paper, the student will be given a grade of ZERO automatically.