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COURSE NUMBER: POLI150
COURSE TITLE:American Government
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): S5 900 PLS 911
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Historical development and organization of the United States government and the federal system. Course meets requirement for Constitution test.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

COURSE OBJECTIVES / STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
This course is intended to acquaint the student with how our national government was formed, how it has evolved, and how it operates.  The role of the individual, whether acting along or as part of a group, is also examined and assessed.  At the end of the course, the student should be a be to identify the various influences on government, how government officials respond to those influences, and how the resulting policies affect the individual citizen.  In short, when you read your morning newspaper, you will be able to identify the types of actors involved, determine how these actors attempted to influence the formal institutions of government, understand why governmental leaders reacted as they did, and assess the likely impact of those policy decisions.


TOPICAL OUTLINE:
Week:
  1. Lockean liberalism
  2. The Constitution
  3. Federalism
  4. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  5. Interest Groups
  6. Political Parties
  7. Public Opinion
  8. Campaigns and Elections
  9. The Media
  10. The Congress
  11. The Presidency
  12. The Judicial Branch
  13. Social Policy
  14. Economic Policy
  15. Foreign Policy

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Bresler. Understanding American Government. HORZ. 4th edition.

EVALUATION:
There are three semester exams and a final exam.  All test material will be taken from lecture material, discussion, and the required textbook.  The final exam is not cumulative.  The distribution of points is as follows:

450 points for 15 modules
300 points total for three semester exams (100 points each)
200 points for the final exam
50 points for class participation and attendance
1000 points total

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REVISION:
Spring 2013

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