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American Government, v2

.5 Carnegie Unit

Instructor Information:

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Instructor Name: Ellen Douglas

Instructor Information:

Welcome! My name is Ellen Douglas. I've been teaching World and U.S. History here in Oxford for 12 years. In my free time I like to travel, read, cook and make things for my family (I'm particularly good at things that I can crochet or knit :))

I'm looking forward to working with you. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link on the lessons page and in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Replies to your emails will go to your email account, so be sure to check it frequently.

For technical problems, lesson or test administration issues, please contact the UMHS office:

University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description:

This class of American government will provide students with an understanding of civic life, politics, and the constitutional process. It will also provide a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities of citizens and a framework for competent and active participation.

Textbook Information:

Required Textbook:

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GOVT: Principles of American Government

8th Edition

Edward I. Sidlow, Beth Henschen
ISBN-10: 1305660811
ISBN-13: 9781305660816
� 2017

It is your responsibility as a student to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Click this Course Standards link for a full list of the standards covered in this course.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 16 instructional modules (or lessons). NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page. Each lesson will appear after the chapter test for the previous lesson has been submitted.

LESSON Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Start Here Syllabus
Syllabus and Orientation Quiz

America in the Twenty-first Century

NOTE: throughout the course, the next learning module will not appear until the last assignment in the previous one has been submitted.

Chapter 1
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
The Constitution Chapter 2
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test


Chapter 3
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Unit 1 Exam Chapters 1 through 3
Proctored test
Civil Liberties Chapter 4
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Civil Rights Chapter 5
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Unit 2 Exam Chapters 4 through 5
Proctored test
Interest Groups Chapter 6
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Political Parties Chapter 7
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Public Opinion and Voting Chapter 8
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Campaigns and Elections Chapter 9
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Politics and the Media Chapter 10
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Unit 3 Exam Chapters 6 through 10
Proctored test
The Congress Chapter 11
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
The Presidency Chapter 12
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
The Bureaucracy Chapter 13
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
The Judiciary Chapter 14
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Unit 4 Exam Chapters 11 through 14
Proctored test
Domestic Policy Chapter 15
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Foreign Policy Chapter 16
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test

Unit 5 Final Exam

NOTE: Be sure to complete ALL unfinished assignments before you take this test! Any assignments not completed before the last exam is taken will receive a grade of zero.

Chapters 15 through 16
Proctored test



93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F


The grading format is as follows:


In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

Lessons: All of the course work will appear on the Lessons page as soon as you have achieved 80% or higher on the syllabus quiz in the Start Here area. You must complete the assignments in the order they appear. You may not skip quizzes, tests, or projects. Once you complete each final chapter assignment, the next chapter folder will appear. In other words, continuing on to the next folder is contingent on completing the ones before it.

Quizzes: You have two tries at the quizzes and the highest grade counts. You can see your attempt(s) by accessing the quiz as you did while taking it, then clicking the attempt and then the score.

Chapter Assignments: Essays and projects will be uploaded to Blackboard dropboxes. To submit your assignment, click on the title of the dropbox and choose the Browse My Computer button to navigate to your saved file and select it.

Journals: You will create a journal entry for each chapter that draws on personal experience backed up with information you've learned in the chapter.

Chapter Tests: These tests are not proctored, but time will not be sufficient to look up every answer. At the end of 60 minutes the test will auto-submit, so be sure you're prepared before you begin!

Unit Exams: these are closed-book assignments to be completed in the school office or in the presence of your proctor. You will need to study to prepare for the exams. You may not use your textbook or any other resource during the exam. The exam on the Lessons page is a locked assignment. Your proctor will be given the access code to allow you to enter the exam.

To take an exam, please contact your proctor or our staff in the school office. You can email for any questions about scheduling an exam. Our staff will help you set up exam times, will help you arrange a proctor for your exams, and will give your proctor the codes for the exams.

ADA and Student Disability Services:

The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at

M Book: Academic Dishonesty / Plagiarism:

Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, copying from the Internet or your textbook and/or working with another person to answer questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi High School.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the UMHS office.

Suggestions For Online Students:

Set aside a regular time for studying and preparing your lessons.

You can contact your instructor in one of these ways:

Do not let unanswered questions keep you from getting the maximum out of each lesson.

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