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    GOVT 2305 Fall 2022 – COURSE SCHEDULE

    Date                Lecture/Discussion Topic                        Assignment                                                 

    Unit 1: FOUNDATIONS

    Tue 8/16         Syllabus & First Day Expectations              No Assigned Reading

    Wed 8/17       Political Philosophy, Aristotle, Hobbes       Locke Reading

    Thur 8/18       Locke                                                              Montesquieu Reading

    Fri 8/19           Montesquieu & Paine’s Common Sense    Declaration of Independence                                              

    Mon 8/22        Revolution & Independence                        Constitution Preamble                       

    Tues 8/23       Articles of Confederation                             Constitution Article 1

    Wed 8/24       Constitutional Convention                            Constitution Article 2

    Thurs 8/25      Constitution                                                    Article 3

    Fri 8/26           Constitution                                                    Articles 4, 5, 6, & 7

     

    Mon 8/29        Constitution                                                    Federalist 10 (available online or on app)

    Tues 8/30       Constitution                                                    Federalist 51 (online or on app)

    Wed 8/31       Constitution                                                    Textbook pp.50-57 (stop at “The Citizen’s Role…”)

    Thurs 9/1        Ratification                                                     Textbook pp. 57-62 (stop at “The Supreme Court…”)

    Fri 9/2             Ratification                                                     Textbook pp.71-76

     

    Mon 9/5          Labor Day Holiday                                       

    Tues 9/6         Federalism                                                     Textbook pp. 78-84 (stop at “The Politics of Fed…”)

    Wed 9/7          Federalism                                                     Textbook pp. 84-90

    Thurs 9/8        Review                                                           Study 

    Fri 9/9             EXAM - Major Grade                                    Textbook pp. 545-549 (stop at “Federal Courts”)    

     

    UNIT 2: JUDICIARY & CIVIL LIBERTIES

    Mon 9/12        Federal Judiciary & Courts                           Textbook pp.549-558 (omit 553, 559)

    Tues 9/13       Federal Judiciary & Courts                           Memorize Amendments

    Wed 9/14       Bill of rights QUIZ – NO NOTES               Text pp. 560-569 (stop at “Explaining Supreme…”)

    Thurs 9/15      Bill of Rights Incorporation                           Textbook pp. 569-574

    Fri 9/16           Civil Liberties - Incorporation                       No Assigned Reading

     

    Mon 9/19        Civil Liberties - Incorporation                       Textbook pp. 106-114 (stop at “Student Speech”)

    Tues 9/20       Civil Liberties                                                 Textbook pp. 115-122 (omit 121)

    Wed 9/21       Research Paper                                            Thesis & Outline                                           

    Thurs 9/22      THESIS & OUTLINE DUE                           Bibliography              

    Fri 9/23           Student Holiday                                             Textbook pp. 122-128 (stop at “The Right to Privacy”)

     

    Mon 9/26        Civil Liberties                                                 Work on Annotated Bibliography

    Tues 9/27       Civil Liberties                                                 Textbook pp. 128-133 (stop at “Civil Liberties…”)

    Wed 9/28       Civil Liberties                                                 Work on Paper

    Thurs 9/29      Civil Liberties                                                 Work on Paper

    Fri 9/30           Annotated Bibliography Due                    Work on Paper

     

    Mon 10/3 - Friday 10/7         Catch up on Civil Liberties     Homework: Research Paper

     

    Mon 10/10      Student Holiday                                             Research Paper Due Wednesday

    Tues 1011      Civil Liberties                                                 Research Paper Due Wednesday

    Wed 10/12     Student  Liberties                                          Research Paper Due at 11:50 PM

    Thurs 10/13   Student  Liberties                                          Study for Test

    Fri 10/14         Student  Liberties                                          Study for Test

     

     

    Mon 10/17      Review Civil Liberties                                   Study

    Tues 10/18     Review Civil Liberties                                   Study

    Wed 10/19     EXAM Civil Liberties                                     Study

    Thurs 10/20   EXAM Civil Liberties                                     Text pp. 431-438 (stop at “Congressional Elections”)

     

    UNIT 3: LEGISLATIVE & EXECUTIVE BRANCHES

    Fri 10/21         Congressional Scavenger Hunt                   Text pp. 438-444 (stop at “The Organization …”)

    Mon 10/24      Congress                                                       Textbook pp. 444-450 (stop at “Rules of Lawmaking”)

    Tues 10/25     Congress                                                       Textbook pp. 450-455 (stop at “Follow-the…”)

    Wed 10/26     Congress                                                       Textbook pp. 464-467

    Thurs 10/27   Presidency                                                     Textbook pp. 475-482 (stop at “Implied Powers”)

    Fri 10/28         Presidency                                                     Textbook pp. 482-488

     

    Mon 10/31      Presidency                                                     Text pp. 488-496 (stop at “The Administrative…”)

    Tues 11/1       Presidency                                                     Textbook pp. 496-503

    Wed 11/2       Bureaucracy                                                  Text pp. 511-517 (stop at “How the Bureaucracy is…”)

    Thurs 11/3      Bureaucracy                                                  Text pp.  517-521 (stop at “Who Are Bureauc…”)

    Friday 11/4     Student Holiday                                             Text pp. 528-533

     

    Mon 11/7        Bureaucracy & Review                                 Study

    Tues 11/8       EXAM: Congress, Presidency, & Bureaucracy

     

    UNIT 4: CAMPAIGNS, ELECTIONS, PARTIES, GROUPS

    Wed 11/9       Public Opinion          

    Thurs 11/10   Political Socialization

    Fri 11/11         Polling

     

    Mon 11/14      Polling & Public Opinion

    Tues 11/15     Political Parties - Survey

    Wed 11/16     Political Parties & Survey

    Thurs 11/17   Political Parties & Survey

    Fri 11/18         Campaigns

     

    Mon - Fri 11/21-25    Thanksgiving Week

     

    Mon 11/28      Campaigns & Elections

    Tues 11/29     Campaigns & Elections

    Wed 11/30     Interest Groups

    Thurs 12/1      Interest Groups & PACs

    Fri 12/2           Media

     

    Mon 12/5        Media & Review

    Tues 12/6       EXAM: Polling, Campaigns, Parties, & IGs

    Wed 12/7       Begin PBL - Letter to a US Official?  Can we do this?

    Thurs 12/8     

    Fri 12/9          

     

    Mon 12/12     

    Tues 12/13    

    Wed 12/14    

    Thur 12/15    

    Fri 12/16         ??  TBA

Last Modified on August 17, 2022