GOV 312L - Issues and Policies in American Government: Government and Politics in Contemporary Texas

Texas Common Number: GOVT 2302
Course Number Course Title Day & Time Course Fee Register
GOV 312L Issues and Policies in American Government: Government and Politics in Contemporary Texas Online $850.00
Course Type:
Self-Paced Online

This course provides an in-depth orientation to the actors, processes, and institutions that make up the political system in Texas, with a strong emphasis on the development of applied knowledge. Instructional material focuses on how politics in Texas shapes the operation of Texas political institutions, with particular attention to the interplay between public opinion, conflict among elites, and the policy environment in the state. The course relies extensively on interviews with current and former elected officials and political professionals to make the course material interesting and relevant to students.

View a detailed course description of GOV 312L.

This course is independent study and is self-paced. Students have five months upon registration in which to complete all coursework.

Textbooks and Materials:

Texas Politics, online webtext. Soomo Publishing. A direct purchase link for this textbook is provided within the course website (cost approximately $55).

Students must have an internet-connected computer with a reasonably current operating system in order to view course videos and complete interactive modules. Tablets and smartphones are not supported.

Exams must be taken in person at an approved testing center (learn more). Proctoring fees vary by site and are not included in the course fee.

Official UT Austin Description:
Analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution. Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for government. May be taken for credit only once.


UT Austin Students:

This course is available for Summer 2018 through the UT Registrar. As a general campus policy, current UT students may enroll in University Extension courses only when the equivalent course is not available online through the Registrar.  Students seeking an exception should contact their college advisor.