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POLS& 202
American Government


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Study of the processes and institutions of national politics in America, with special attention to relations between popular political interests and federal government operations. Course provides an understanding of how our national government works in response to legitimate political needs. Content is provided via: lecture, discussion, videos and current supplementary readings. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSCI 101, American National Government.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic framework of the American political system (historical and current).
  • Research and define the various political processes within the American political system.
  • Articulate the historical changes in the American political system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principle of federalism.
  • Recognize and explain the differences between the various governmental agencies (local, state, federal, Congress, Executive Office, Judiciary, Federal Bureaucracy, etc.)
  • Develop and defend an opinion about how the Mass Media and Interest Groups affect change within the American political system.

  • Course Topics
  • General examination of the significant terms/definitions used to describe politics
  • General examination of the “body politic” (American public)
  • Brief historical overview of the formation of the country
  • Historical overview of the creation of the U.S. Constitution
  • Examination of Civil Rights & Liberties
  • Examination of the history of Federalism in the U.S.
  • Study the role of the mass media in the U.S. political system
  • Study the role of interest groups in the U.S. political system
  • Examination of nominations/campaigns/elections in the U.S. political system
  • Historical overview of the development of the two-party system in the U.S
  • Examination of the Federal “branches” (Legislative, Executive, Judicial, Bureaucratic)

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    POLS& 202
    Fall 2014
    1467
    Jim Peitersen
    POLS& 202
    Spring 2014
    1498
    Jim Peitersen
    POLS& 202
    Winter 2014
    1650
    Jim Peitersen
    POLS& 202
    Fall 2013
    1467
    Jim Peitersen
    POLS& 202
    Summer 2013
    8021
    Douglas Hageman


    Two Year Projected Schedule

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