Donald M. Gooch Web

DONALD M. GOOCH
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Stephen F. Austin State University

Donald M. Gooch Web

A Resource for PSC 142 students & a source of biographical, professional, and related information for all interested parties

PSC 142 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT:
STRUCTURE & FUNCTION





CLASSROOM & TIME -

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

TR

Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North 102

OFFICE HOURS: T,TH: 1-3pm W: 10am-12am; 1-5pm





IMPORTANT NOTICES!!!!!!!

I'm Professor Gooch, your instructor for Intro to American Gov't: S & F, PSC 142. I hope you all will find this class to be a rewarding experience as we work our way through the various aspects, institutions, and theories of American and Texas Government. I want you to feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns you have about the class 24/7.
There are three major components to the instructional material for the class: 1) Lecture Notes and 2) the Kernell & Jacobsen text, The Logic of American Politics, and 3) the Collier et. al. book, Lonestar Politics. All three will be intergal for taking and, of course, passing the exams. The Lectures will be posted on the D2L (Desire 2 Learn) page for the course, with this page serving as a backup/alternate site for materials should D2L be experiencing technical difficulties. However, DO NOT rely exclusively on the power points, as my lectures include additional information not contained on these presentations. Class attendance is intergal to success and also required. Good luck!
Don't forget to check out the blog for current political events and analysis of class-related topics.

Also, be sure to regularly participate on the Discussion Board in order to secure participation points, prepare for exams, and to facilitate your learning experience.




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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Introduction to American Government: Structure & Function - SYLLABUS



CLASS OUTLINES:

SECTION 1
Introductory Lecture Power Point
Political Science & Collective Action
TEST 1 STUDY SHEET


SECTION 2
Second Exam Study Guide


SECTION 3
TEST 3 STUDY GUIDE


SECTION 4
Final Test Study Guide



IMPORTANT LINKS:
Sample Test Questions
Texas State Constitution
United States Constitution
Texas State Government Homepage
United States Government Webportal
The Gallup Poll
Real Clear Politics
The Polling Report
The Justiciability Doctrine
Planned Parenthood v. Casey


FUN LINKS:
Homestar Runner (Check out Strong Bad E-Mails. High-larious!)
TROGDOR!!!