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Course Descriptions for Government (Archived)

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IMPORTANT: GOVT 2301 and 2302 will only be offered through summer 2013. Beginning fall 2013, state policy mandates only GOVT 2305 and 2306 to be offered. Please consult with an advisor to discuss your options for completing the government requirements.


GOVT 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

American Government
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a DCCCD Core Curriculum Course.
Prerequisite: The following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the study of political science. Topics include the origin and development of constitutional democracy (United States and Texas), federalism and intergovernmental relations, local governmental relations, local government, parties, politics, and political behavior. (To ensure transferability, students should plan to take both Government 2301 and 2302 within the DCCCD.) (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4510025125

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2011. (Original) | (Changes)


IMPORTANT: GOVT 2301 and 2302 will only be offered through summer 2013. Beginning fall 2013, state policy mandates only GOVT 2305 and 2306 to be offered. Please consult with an advisor to discuss your options for completing the government requirements.


GOVT 2302 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

American Government
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a DCCCD Core Curriculum Course.
Prerequisite: The following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: The three branches of the United States and Texas government are studied. Topics include the legislative process, the executive and bureaucratic structure, the judicial process, civil rights and liberties, and domestic policies. Other topics include foreign relations and national defense. (To ensure transferability, students should plan to take both Government 2301 and 2302 within the DCCCD.) (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4510025125

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2011. (Original) | (Changes)


GOVT 2304 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Political Science
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a DCCCD Core Curriculum Course.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: Introductory survey of the discipline of political science focusing on the history, scope, and methods of the field, and the substantive topics in the discipline. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4510015225


IMPORTANT: GOVT 2301 and 2302 will only be offered through summer 2013. Beginning fall 2013, state policy mandates only GOVT 2305 and 2306 to be offered. Please consult with an advisor to discuss your options for completing the government requirements.


GOVT 2306 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Texas State and Local Government
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: The following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: Introduction to the theory and practice of politics and government in America at the state, and local levels, with special attention to Texas. Topics include the Texas constitution, federalism, political participation and elections, the institutions of government, and state policies. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4510015125

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2011. (Original) | (Changes)


GOVT 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, MVC, RLC

Mexican-American Politics
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a DCCCD Core Curriculum Course.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: The influence of Mexican-Americans on United States government and policies with special attention given to participation in local, state, and national politics with particular emphasis on the Southwest and Texas, Mexican-American cultural ascendancy on the nation, impact of immigrants and immigration policy in relation to the US labor market, and evaluation of failures and successes of Mexican-American empowerment strategies. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0502035425


GOVT 2371 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Comparative Politics
This is a Unique Need Course.
Prerequisite: The following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: A comparative examination of governments, politics, problems and policies with illustrative cases drawn from a variety of political systems. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4509017125



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four year colleges and universities.

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