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POL 103 - American Government

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course investigates the development and evolution of the American political system. Students will be introduced to the unique structure, functions, and problems of the national government within the federal system. Close attention is given to the nature of and the controversies emerging from the interaction between political institutions. This includes analysis of the following concepts and topics: federalism, separation of power, check and balances, Bill of Rights, democracy, civil liberties, civil rights and political parties.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Recognize major concepts associated with the U.S. American form of government.
  2. Explain the causes of the American Revolution and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence.
  3. Assess the purpose of political parties within the American political system.
  4. Comprehend different theories and models of democracy and their relationship to democracy in the United States.
  5. Recognize the roles and interaction of the three branches of government.
  6. Expound on the relationship between media and democratic governance.
  7. Compare and contrast the United States House of Representatives with the United States Senate.
Listed Topics
  1. Introduction to Government
  2. Introduction to Democratic Theory
  3. The Congress
  4. The Presidency
  5. The Judiciary
  6. The Constitution
  7. Civil Liberties
  8. Civil Rights
  9. Political Parties
  10. The Media
Reference Materials
Contemporary text and appropriate AV materials.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 07/13/2006

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