United States Government Syllabus for 2021-2022
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GOVT-2305-001 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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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Government by the People, 2020 Presidential Edition   

27 Edition

2020 REVEL

Author: Magleby, et al.

ISBN-13 9780136900184



Access to a reliable computer and reliable internet. Smartphones have numerous problems with the Exams and Quizzes in this course. All students should have access to a desktop or laptop computer with a reliable internet access when taking Exams and Quizzes.

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.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

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 curtesy. The discussions in this class are meant to bring up various positions and sometimes the debate can be heated; however, it is appropriate to attach a certain argument or point of view, but it is never appropriate to attach the person who is posting information with which you may disagree.

Grading Criteria

A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = 0 - 59
Exams Average  –  50%
Chapter Assignments – 25%
Discussions Average  –  25%

All exams are online; there are no makeup exams.


The online US Government course will not have any on campus meetings. Students must log on to this course in ACOnline the first day of regular classes and follow the instructions for the course. If a student needs individual assistance they can contact me to work out the problems or schedule an appointment.

Attendance and/or participation requirements in courses delivered electronically (telecourses and on-line courses) will be unique to the individual course.


Assignment Dates for Government 2305 American Federal Government.

Note:  There are no makeup credits in this course if an assignment is submitted past the deadline or not submitted at all.   


*The class week runs from Monday at 12:01 AM until Sunday at 11:59 PM.


*Exams are available from 12:01 AM Friday until 11:59 PM Sunday and you will be automatically prohibited from continuing the exam if you are still taking it after 11:59 PM.  You will need to begin no later than 10:30 PM Sunday evening to ensure you have the full hour for exam completion.





*If you fail to complete any of the REVEL assignments by Sunday 6-13 you will be administratively dropped from the class on Tuesday 6-13.


  1. Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 1: Constitutional Democracy 

* Chapter 1 is due Sunday 6-12.





  1. Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 2: Constitutional Foundations

Chapter 3: American Federalism

* Chapters 2 and 3 are due Sunday 6-19.


B.   Discussion One TERM LIMITS: Available Monday 6-19.  

* Due Sunday 6-19.


C. EXAM 1: Available Friday 6-17.

* Due Sunday 6-19.

* Covers Chapters 1, 2, 3.





  1. Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 4: The American Political Landscape

Chapter 10: Congress

*Chapters 4 and 10 are due Sunday 6-26.  

* Note: Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are omitted in this class.

B. Discussion 2 PREAMBLE TO CONSTITUTION: Available Monday 6-20. 

* Due Sunday 6-26.


C. Begin work on Ethical Dilemma Paper: Available Monday 6-27. 

* Due 7-10. 

* Find the assignment under the Ethical Dilemma Paper - Common Assessment tab. Submit the paper through the Research Paper link associated with this assignment.






  1. Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 11: The Presidency

Chapter 12: The Federal Bureaucracy and Public Policy

* Chapters 11 and 12 are due Sunday 7-3.


B.   Exam 2: Available Friday 7-1.

      * Due 7-3.

* Covers Chapters 4, 10, 11, 12.





  1. Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 13: The Judiciary

Chapter 14: Civil Liberties

* Chapters 13 and 14 are due Sunday 7-10.


  1. Discussion 3 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Available Monday 7-4. 

* Due Sunday 7-10.


  1. DON’T FORGET - Ethical Dilemma Paper. 

* Due Sunday 7-10.






  1. Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 15: Civil Rights

* Chapter 15 is due Sunday 7-17.


B.   Exam 3: Available from Friday 7-15 - 7-17. 

* Due Sunday 7-17 and covers chapters 13, 14, and 15.





  1. Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 16: Economic and Social Policy

* Chapter 16 is due Sunday 7-24.




Class ENDS Wednesday!


  1. Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 17: Foreign and Defense Policy

* Chapter 17 is due Wednesday 7-27.


  1. Exam 4: Available Monday 7-25 and covers chapters 16 and 17.

* Due Wednesday 7-27




Additional Information

There is a Start Here page under the Lessons Tab when you log in to the course. All students should read and understand ALL of the information that is contained on that Start Here page. This will save ALL students a lot of time and frustration.



Syllabus Created on:

06/04/22 6:30 PM

Last Edited on:

06/04/22 6:32 PM