Course DetailsCourse Number: 1333 Section Number: 104
Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number: 200
Days & Times:
Political Science 1333 -American Government I
9:30 a.m. TR- Fall 2012
Professor: Dr. Michael Preda
Office: O’Donohoe Bldg., room 204
Description: This is a study of the American national and Texas governmental systems. The
course focuses on the American experiment in federalism and democracy;
origin and development of the U.S. Constitution; federal-state relations; the
individual as a citizen; political parties and electoral campaigns.
Objectives: This course is intended to further student development in the following
departmental learning objectives.
Textbooks: Neal Tannahill, THINK-American Government, 2012 ed. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
Gary Keith & Stefan Haag, Texas Politics and Government, 4th ed. Boston: Longman, 2012.
Both of the textbooks are sold as a package:
Exam policy: Students are expected to take the exams on time. If illness prohibits a student
from taking an exam on time, please contact Dr. Preda immediately.
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. Each student is permitted 2 absences during the
semester. Students exceeding 2 absences should expect to be dropped from
Policy: Any student with a disability that may limit demonstrating fully his/her
abilities should contact Dr. Preda immediately at the beginning of the semester.
Plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism are very serious matters. The University’s minimum
penalty for cheating or plagiarism is a failure of assignment. Cheating or
plagiarism can lead to expulsion from the university. If you have any questions
about original work, please see the Student Handbook, Code of Student
Conduct, section 10.
Requirements: Exam 1………..100 points
Exam 2………..100 points
Exam 3………..100 points
Total 300 points
Aug. 28- Sep. 25
Ch. 1 A Changing America
Ch. 2 Constitution
Ch. 3 Federal System
Ch. 9 Interest Groups
Exam 1- Thursday September 27
Ch. 6 Public Opinion
Ch. 7 Political Participation
Ch. 10 Political Parties
Ch. 11 Campaigns & Elections
Exam 2- Thursday November 1
Nov. 6- Dec. 6
Ch. 8 News Media
Ch. 1 Ideas, People & Economics in Texas
Ch. 2 Texas Constitution
Ch. 3 Voting & Participating in Texas
Exam 3 (Final Exam) Tuesday December 11 (8:00 a.m.)
Oct 22: Last day for “W” 4:00 p.m.
Nov 21-25: Thanksgiving Break- no classes