Explore, research, and discuss concepts, analogies, and perspectives within the U.S. political system
Obtain practical application of information to participate in U.S. civic and political life
Recognize and understand the many factors affecting the U.S. political system
Study, analyze, and defend conclusions regarding political views and ideologies
Explain how special interest groups and other stakeholders can impact policies
Define the evolution of civil liberties and civil rights in the U.S.
About this course:
This course is an introduction to American national political institutions, the factors that motivate political behavior and the constraints that shape them. The course makes use of a number of political science theories. Topics to be covered include the American Constitution, civil rights, civil liberties, the presidency, Congress, political parties, elections, public opinion, the media, advertising, social identity, race and ethnic politics and political polling.