Intro US Government Politics
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Examines the American political system with its separation of powers, limited authority and guarantee of individual liberty. Includes a study of political ideology, parties, voting, media, and interest groups. Special emphasis will be placed on a detailed study of the Constitution and its application in today's America.
1. Understand, analyze, and explain the basic themes of American government as expressed in the Constitution (separation of powers, checks and balances, judicial review, individual liberty, limited government, federalism, majority rule with minority rights.)
2. Understand, analyze, and explain the fundamental roots and sources of American democracy and the American political system. (Classical heritage, the Enlightenment, English and colonial experience, and the American Revolution.)
3. Understand, analyze, and explain the relationship between political ideology, political parties, voting, public opinion, and special interest groups in the American political system.
4. Understand, analyze, and explain the constitutional relationship between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government at the federal and state level with each other and the people of the United States.
5. Understand, analyze, and explain the concepts of individual liberties, majority rule with minority rights, equality, privacy, and limited government guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
6. Understand, examine, and explain contemporary political problems and debates in the American nation and the international community.
7. Understand the relationship between the citizen and the responsibilities of civic virtue and civic duty.
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