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Government Syllabus

by Heather Olivarez

August 18, 2010





Heather Olivarez, Instructor

Conference: 10:00- 10:50

School Phone:  596-4691


Course Textbook:  Magruder’s American Government.


Course Objectives: 

  1. To test the reading and writing ability and require students to engage in critical analysis.
  2. To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, global forces on the area of study.
  3. To analyze how constitutional government has developed in the U.S.
  4. To explain the structure and functions if the government.
  5. To understand rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
  6. To understand the conflicts of federalism.

Students must take notes and read all required textbook assignments.  Students are tested on their ability to critically interpret and make correlations between textbook readings and lecture content.  Students are tested on content covered in lecture and on content from reading assignments not covered in lecture.


Course Requirements:

To be successful in this class, students should read the assigned pages of the textbook prior to coming to class and be prepared to discuss what they have read.  Students will take at least three tests and eight daily grades during the six weeks.  I reserve the right to administer quizzes during the year should the need develop.  Students should come to class prepared and always bring the appropriate materials.


Course Outline:

First Semester                                                                        

Chapters 1and 23, 2-7, and 10,13, and 18 

Principles of Government

Comparative Economic Systems

Origins of American Government

The Constitution


Political Parties

Voters and Voter Behavior

The Electoral Process


The Presidency

Federal Court System

The teacher reserves the right to modify this syllabus.

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