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HSC 043
American Government


Credits: 1- 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Students will study the purposes, organization and function of government, including the laws and political systems specific to the United States. The course pays special attention to the key ideals and principals of the United States, including the Constitution and Bill of Rights. All topics will be viewed through the lens of civic involvement and responsibility.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the purposes, organization, and function of government, including the laws and political systems specific to the United States.
  • Analyze the key ideals and principals of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.
  • Evaluate how key ideals fit current realities by exploring court case precedents for the 1st, 2nd and 4th amendments to the United States Constitution.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the system of checks and balances in a variety of situations.
  • Analyzing and evaluating ways of influencing local, state, and national governments to preserve individual rights and promote the common good.

  • Course Topics
  • Unit 1: The Idea of Government and the Foundations of American Government
  • Unit 2. The Judicial Branch and the Bill of Rights
  • Unit 3: The Legislative Branch
  • Unit 4: The Executive Branch
  • Unit 5: Contemporary Government Issues in the U.S. and Around the World
  • Unit 6: Civic Involvement and Responsibility

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    HSC 043
    Winter 2015
    1774
    Brian Gabbard
    HSC 043
    Fall 2014
    1766
    Brian Gabbard
    HSC 043
    Spring 2014
    1766
    Brian Gabbard
    HSC 043
    Fall 2013
    1766
    Brian Gabbard
    HSC 043
    Fall 2012
    1667
    Brian Gabbard


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
     
    X
     
     
    X
     
    X
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.