Higher Education

GOVT5, 5th Edition

  • includes CourseMate Printed Access Card
  • Edward I. Sidlow Eastern Michigan University
  • Beth Henschen Eastern Michigan University
  • ISBN-10: 1133956092  |  ISBN-13: 9781133956099
  • 496 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2012, 2011
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

Created through a student-tested, faculty-approved review process with input from more than 250 students and faculty, GOVT is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse learning styles of today’s learners at a value-based price. Focusing on the current and historical conflicts and controversies that define America as a nation, GOVT is a streamlined and extremely current text for the American Government course. Its motivating debate theme and appealing modern format speak directly to today’s student. A full suite of learning tools--correlated to the text chapter-by-chapter--are available through CourseMate and include an eBook, Chapter In Review cards, videos, simulations, podcasts, and quizzes that allow students to learn and study wherever they are and whenever they have time.

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Features and Benefits

  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student focus groups and surveys and from interviews with over 250 faculty and students.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Each chapter opens and closes with an “America at Odds” section discussing a relevant controversy being debated through summaries of opposing opinions. “Join the Debate” features expand on this theme, and an expanded “Take Action” section helps students find ways to get involved in politics and their community.
  • Full-page “What’s Your Study Plan” quizzes at the end of every chapter ensure that students succeed on their exams, helping them assess whether they truly understand the chapter content. The practice tests are carefully written around instructors’ outcomes-based assessment needs, providing measurable results. The answers are provided in the back on the Chapter in Review cards.
  • Critical-thinking questions posing various issues for debate and discussion follow each major section, correlated to each Learning Outcome.
  • The “Rest of the World” compares our country’s government and political issues with those in other countries.
  • “Perception vs. Reality” features promote critical thinking by presenting factual data that contradict common misconceptions, encouraging students to reconsider their own positions and broaden their perspective.
  • “Chapter in Review” cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation: key terms and definitions, a chapter summary correlated with the Learning Outcomes, and the answers to the end-of-chapter quiz.
  • “Instructor Chapter Prep” cards at the back of the Instructor’s Edition make preparation simple. These chapter-specific detachable cards offer a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and video resources, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • CourseMate, offering an interactive eBook and a full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles, is available to students with the purchase of a new book, and is also available separately. Quizzes, audio summaries, videos, animated learning modules, simulations, and more are only a click away.
  • All of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none, including a test bank and instructor’s manual created by the book’s author, multimedia PowerPoint® presentations, online course management tools with Engagement Tracker, an interactive eBook, current and historical videos, and much more.

Table of Contents

Part I: THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR AMERICAN SYSTEM.
1. America in the 21st Century.
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
Part II: OUR LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
Part III: THE POLITICS OF DEMOCRACY.
6. Interest Groups.
7. Political Parties.
8. Public Opinion and Voting.
9. Campaigns and Elections.
10. Politics and the Media.
Part IV: INSTITUTIONS.
11. Congress.
12. The Presidency.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Judiciary.
Part V: PUBLIC POLICY.
15. Domestic Policy.
16. Foreign Policy.
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix C: Supreme Court Justices since 1900.
Appendix D: Information on U.S. Presidents.
Appendix E: Party Control of Congress since 1900.
Appendix F: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51.
Appendix G: How to Read Case Citations and Find Court Decisions.

What's New

  • GOVT has been fully updated throughout to discuss current events, such as the 2012 election results and analysis, along with the campaigns, debates, and primaries leading up to the elections; budget debates and the status of the economy; updates on relations with North Korea and Iran, the war in Afghanistan, and other foreign policy matters; healthcare reform; and the expanding role of social media in politics. In addition, most tables and figures have been updated and half of the photographs are new, depicting events from the past year.
  • A new Student Study Skills module opens the book, outlining tips for study, writing papers and essays, and test taking.
  • New “2012 Elections” features highlight the important impact of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, including an analysis of the campaigns and election results, to help students think critically about recent events and consider them in the context of American political theory and history.
  • “Challenges Ahead” boxes help explain today’s issues such as the economic downturn and the ensuing policies.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Print Option: GOVT (with Political Science CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card), 5th

ISBN-10: 1285330846 | ISBN-13: 9781285330846

List Price = $70.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

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  • GOVT5
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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

“I believe that the content is exceptional. . . . I would say the greatest strengths of [GOVT] are the fascinating debate and discussion questions and articles throughout the text. In addition, the writing style is very engaging. Finally the writing level is comprehensible to the average community college student, especially with the excellent use of graphs and charts throughout the text.”

— Paul Davis, Truckee Meadows Community College

“I cannot deny the fact that students did not read [my previous textbook] and are reading GOVT. The students have said they prefer this style of text. . . . [T]hey seem to engage with the style of GOVT better than other texts. . . . The Learning Outcomes are a very effective tool, and are especially useful in how they highlight the beginning of the chapter, the beginning of each section of the chapter and then tie it all together with the review cards at the end of the text. The Learning Outcomes easily relate to the Student Learning Outcomes on the course syllabus, bridging the course materials to the course documents.”

— Wendy Johnston, SUNY Adirondack Community College

“It is amazing that in spite of its relative brevity, that it remains a fully comprehensive text. I don’t think any key points in the five chapters I reviewed are missed. I learned a lot of new and interesting information by reading this book.”

— Brett Sharp, University of Central Oklahoma

“I have used other textbooks and am currently using GOVT because of its strengths and courage to address more controversial topics without trying to politicize anything--makes for more interesting reading.”

— Michaela Fazecas, University of Central Florida

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

PowerLecture DVD with JoinIn™ Student Response System and ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1133956076 | ISBN-13: 9781133956075)

An all-in-one multimedia resource for class preparation, presentation, and testing, this DVD includes Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides, a Test Bank in both Microsoft® Word® and ExamView® formats, online polling and JoinIn™ clicker questions, an Instructor Manual, and a Resource Integration Guide to help you see where resources align with hte text’s content, chapter by chapter. The book-specific slides of lecture outlines, as well as photos, figures, and tables from the text, make it easy for you to assemble lectures for your course, while the media-enhanced slides help bring your lecture to life with audio and video clips, animated learning modules illustrating key concepts, tables, statistical charts, graphs, and photos from the book as well as outside sources. The Test Bank, offered in Microsoft® Word® and ExamView® formats, includes 60+ multiple-choice questions with answers and page references along with 10 essay questions for each chapter. ExamView® features a user-friendly testing environment that allows you to not only publish traditional paper and computer based tests, but also Web-deliverable exams. The Instructor’s Manual includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, summaries, discussion questions, class activities and projects suggestions, tips on integrating media into your class, and suggested readings and Web resources. JoinIn™ offers “clicker” questions covering key concepts, enabling instructors to incorporate student response systems into their classroom lectures. Contact your Cengage representative to receive a copy upon adoption.

CourseReader 0-30: American Government Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 111147995X | ISBN-13: 9781111479954)

COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to thousands of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context, and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. COURSEREADER is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable MP3 audio files for each reading. COURSEREADER is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. COURSEREADER 0-30 allows access to up to 30 selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25

CourseReader 0-30: American Government Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111479976 | ISBN-13: 9781111479978)

COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to thousands of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context, and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. COURSEREADER is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable MP3 audio files for each reading. COURSEREADER is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. COURSEREADER 0-30 allows access to up to 30 selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $67.00  | CengageBrain Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.00

CourseReader 0-30: Presidential Election Milestones 2012 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1285172361 | ISBN-13: 9781285172361)

COURSEREADER: PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION MILESTONES, 2012 provides thorough coverage of the 2012 presidential campaigns and election, including hundreds of relevant videos, newspaper and journal articles, and political analyses, as well as a look back at the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and its impact on the U.S. and the world. CourseReader allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to a collection of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. CourseReader is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable PDFs and MP3 audio files for each reading. CourseReader is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. CourseReader 0-30 allows access to up to 30 selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $67.00  | CengageBrain Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.00

Political Theatre DVD 2.0  (ISBN-10: 0495793604 | ISBN-13: 9780495793601)

Bring politics home to students with Political Theatre 2.0, up-to-date through the 2008 election season. This is the second edition of this 3 DVD series and includes real video clips that show American political thought throughout the public sector. Clips include both classic and contemporary political advertisements, speeches, interviews and more. Available to adopters of Cengage textbooks, version 2.0 provides lots of added functionality with this updated edition.

ABC News DVD: Speeches by Barack Obama  (ISBN-10: 1439082472 | ISBN-13: 9781439082478)

This DVD includes nine famous speeches by President Barack Obama, from 2004 to present day, including his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention; his 2008 speech on race, "A More Perfect Union"; and his 2009 inaugural address. Speeches are divided into short video segments for easy, time-efficient viewing. This instructor supplement also features critical thinking questions and answers for each speech, designed to spark class discussion.

Latino-American Politics Supplement  (ISBN-10: 1285184297 | ISBN-13: 9781285184296)

Authored by Fernando Pinon, this revised and updated thirty-two-page supplement uses real examples to detail politics related to Latino Americans.

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Student Supplements

CourseReader 0-30: American Government Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111479976 | ISBN-13: 9781111479978)

COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to thousands of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context, and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. COURSEREADER is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable MP3 audio files for each reading. COURSEREADER is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. COURSEREADER 0-30 allows access to up to 30 selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $67.00  | CengageBrain Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.00

CourseReader 0-30: Presidential Election Milestones 2012 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1285172361 | ISBN-13: 9781285172361)

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION MILESTONES, 2012 is a customized online reader that provides you with easy, convenient, and affordable access to readings, audio and video selections specially selected for your course.

List Price = $67.00  | CengageBrain Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.00

Latino-American Politics Supplement  (ISBN-10: 1285184297 | ISBN-13: 9781285184296)

List Price = $21.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $16.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Edward I. Sidlow

Edward Sidlow is professor of political science at Eastern Michigan University and EMU's faculty representative to the NCAA. Sidlow received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1979. He teaches broadly in the area of American politics and has published two books on Congress in addition to numerous articles in professional journals. Prior to his work at EMU, Sidlow served on the faculties of Arizona State University, Miami (OH) University, and Northwestern University, and was an academic administrator at Loyola University Chicago. He has won awards for outstanding teaching at Miami, Northwestern, and EMU, and is often called upon by print and electronic media for political analysis.

Beth Henschen

Beth Henschen received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and was a faculty member in the departments of political science at Purdue University and Loyola University Chicago before joining the faculty at Eastern Michigan University. She teaches courses in American government, judicial politics, and civil rights and liberties, and has been the recipient of several awards for teaching excellence. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Politics Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Judicature, Policy Studies Review, and Political Research Quarterly.