This course introduces students to the constitutional foundations and governing institutions of the federal government. Throughout the course, students address common political themes, such as the nature and scope of governance, democracy, and patterns of political behavior.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
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Topics and Objectives
Foundations of U.S. National Government
- Define the philosophical principles that influenced the founding fathers and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
- Explain how the American system of government is designed as a republic based on the principles of representative democracy.
U.S. Congress and the Presidency
- Explain the structure, role, and organization of Congress.
- Summarize the role and responsibilities of the President.
The Federal Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process
- Describe the influence of the federal bureaucracy on the American political system.
- Compare the main types of public policy.
The Federal Judiciary and Civil Liberties
- Explain the structure, purpose, and importance of the United States Supreme and federal courts.
- Describe civil liberties found in the Bill of Rights.
Political Parties, Voting, and Elections
- Identify the functions of political parties in the American political system.
- Explain the American system of elections.
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