United States Government Syllabus for 2021-2022
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GOVT-2305-004 United States Government


Course Description

Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


OpenStax Online American Government Textbook:

Available for download here:




Access to reliable internet and a device to access the course through the internet.


Student Performance

  1. Define and describe federalism and Intergovernmental Relations,the basis for federalism in the Constitution, and its changing character and development as well as explain other ways of organizing government.
  2. Identify and explain the three branches of government in the U.S.
  3. Explain the Constitutional powers and limitations of political actors.
  4. Identify and define the rights of U.S. citizens.
  5. Explain the philosophical development-theoretical concepts of the state, government, limited government, democracy, and authoritarian government and demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of each concept.
  6. Explain the historical development of Constitutionalism as a basis for political society and the historical development of the U.S. Constitution and the political system that has developed under that Constitution.
  7. Explain the concepts of limited Government, protection of the individual through the limitation of government power, and explain how American government is limited through through federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, the Bill of Rights, and democracy.

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Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to follow all Amarillo College policies and procedures.

During discussions in the course; students are expected to be professional and follow common courtesy.  Students alone are responsible for making sure everything is done on-time.

During course discussions, please be aware that no one ever knows who is in the room with them and what life experiences they've had. Therefore, it is incredibly important to be respectful and kind during discussions, and speak in a manner that will always protect the safety of the learning environment for ALL students.

Grading Criteria

A = 89 - 100
B = 79 - 88
C = 69 - 78
D = 59 - 68
F = 0 - 58
Discussions  –  30%
Attendance  –  10%
Module Activities and Video Quizzes- 15%
Common Assessment - 25%
Exams - 20%


While this course is online, there is a lot of activities and thinking that needs to take place and that requires time. Please prepare your time appropriately.

The operative word in this class is "communicate" with me!



Course Paper (Common Assessment)

Due: July 17 @ 11:59pm

Assignments for each module are due at the end of the week on Sunday night @ 11:59pm

Class Schedule

Week 1: Complete Module 1 over Constitutional Origins, Activities, and Video Quizzes

Due: June 12 @ 11:59pm

Week 2: Complete Module 2 over Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances along with Activities and Video Quizzes

due: June 19 @ 11:59pm

Week 3: Complete Module 3 over Federalism along with Activities and Video Quiz

due: June 26 @ 11:59pm

Week 4: Complete Module 4 over the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary Branches along with Activities and Video Quiz

due July 3 @ 11:59pm

Week 5: Open Module 5 and begin thinking about, working on, and writing your Common Assessment assignment.

due: July 17 @ 11:59pm

Week 6: Complete Module 6 over Civil Rights and Civil Liberties along with Activities and Video Quiz

due: July 10 @ 11:59pm

Week 7: Complete Module 7 over the Media, Public Opinion, and Elections along with Activities and Video Quiz

due: July 17 @ 11:59pm

Week 8: Complete Module 8 over Domestic and Foreign Policy along with Activities and Video Quiz

due: July 24 @ 11:59pm

Additional Information

If a student scores below 70% on an exam or writing assignment, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per the instructor’s directions before being allowed to complete the next assigned work.


The Professor reserves the right to change this syllabus as necessary, or as situations submit themselves during our time together.


Because this class moves so quickly, it is incredibly important for each student to stay up to date on each of assignments and assessments, as well as be present in class. Attendance is an absolute necessity to success.



Syllabus Created on:

05/17/22 2:23 PM

Last Edited on:

05/17/22 2:28 PM