GOVT 2306 Unit 7


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Unit 7: The Texas Courts



A.  Read the following selection from the Margin Notes by clicking on the link.


B.  Watch this presentation. When you click on the link below, a new screen will pop up. Use the scrollbar on the side of the new screen to navigate. You need Adobe Reader to view PDF files.


C.  (Optional) Read the following chapter from the textbook.

Chapter 10


D.  The following Optional Links are designed to help you do better in your course but they are not required.


E.  Activity #4: Hatred Comes to Glendale -- Balancing Civil Liberties and Public Safety (10 points)To Do Note

It is often difficult to create a balance between constitutionally protected individual civil liberties -- such as the rights to free speech and free association -- and the need to maintain order in society.

To illustrate this, you are going to complete a simulation in which you will play two often-conflicting roles. You were hired as the Dean of Students at Prickly Pear College in Glendale CA. You have also been elected by Glendale voters to the Glendale City Council, an unpaid, political position external to the college.

Unexpectedly, the selection of Prickly Pear's new president threatens to erupt into a full-blown scandal involving both the town and the college. Using your authority as a college administrator and as a member of the city council, how will you manage the potential crisis? (The author of this simulation set it in a town and college in California. However, keep in mind that were you playing the same roles in Texas, you would face the same judicial and constitutional dilemmas.)

Resources to Help You Make Your Decisions

Bill of Rights in Simple Language

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Life Without the Bill of Rights? – This a kid’s game but it does a pretty good job of showing how life would change without some of our rights.

College Bill of Rights

Do I Have a Right? – This is another kid’s game but it does a good job of explaining our rights.

Civil Liberties – This link takes you to a topic overview at the top of which is a menu of items – video, readings, critical thinking and resources – with very good material.

To start the simulation, go to Hatred Comes to Glendale. Click Enter. Then simply follow the instructions as you work your way through the simulation. Occasionally it will take a page a few minutes to load, even with a fast connection, so be patient. You must work through every step and make every decision asked of you in order to finish the simulation. Chances are the concepts used in the game are new to you so please don't try to rush through the game. It's important that you fully understand the issues involved before making your decisions.

When you've finished the simulation, you will come to a page titled Mission Completed. Listen to / read your results, taking the time to make certain you understand them.

Using your results and your experiences in the game, write a summary of your performance in the game that includes the 4 points below. Your summary should be thorough, specific, include relevant concepts from the course material and be free of spelling and grammar errors.

  1. You were in a unique position as both dean of students and city councilor. How did your responses to the protests differ in those two different roles?

  2. What are some tools you used, or could have used, to protect public safety while also maintaining respect for civil liberties?

  3. Some people believe that hate groups such as KILL should be banned. Do you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?

  4. Make specific and detailed connections to course content. Demonstrate your familiarity with the concepts in the simulation and with the material in your course.


Activity Submission Instructions

By the deadline shown in the Course Schedule on the main page of the syllabus:

  • Send your summary addressing the 4 points given above in the body of a new email to

  • Put only your name and Activity #4 at the beginning of your email.

  • Be careful to use the correct subject line.

  • Late answers will lose one point per day late, including weekends and holidays



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