The Oxford Living Dictionaries defines given that as a conjunction.
when you consider something
However the dictionary defines the preposition given in the following way:
taking into consideration.
It was surprising the government was re-elected, given that they had raised taxes so much.
However, the examples of 'given' as a preposition contains the same phrase 'given that' as the example of conjunction mentioned above do:
‘Physically shutting down the site would be very difficult given that it is hosted overseas.’
‘His achievement is all the more impressive given that Fitzgerald has endured his fair share of injuries.’
The Oxford English Dictionaries also gave the examples of 'given' as a preposition without adding 'that' following by it:
‘I pointed out that this might prove to be rather ironic given the current circumstances.’
‘The authorities appear to have succeeded in this given the enthusiastic response.’
I need someone's guide to guide me pertaining to their syntactical and phrasal similarity/differences.