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POLS 021 – American Political System

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Institutions, processes, and problems of American government.

Section Description: Political Science 21, “The American Political System,” is an introductory class that surveys the vast arena of American politics from the 1780s to the present—a formidable task to be sure, but one guided by several specific goals: GOAL #1. Mastery of the subject matter First and foremost, the successful completion of this course will lead to your mastery of the subject matter. Important topics include (among others) the constitutional foundations of American government, the basic structure and operation of government institutions, and the relationship between average citizens and their elected officials. GOAL #2. The development of critical thinking skills In addition to mastering the material matter at hand, this course will also help you to develop broader skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving strategies. Our goal is to use a solid foundation of factual knowledge to probe deeper questions about the American political system, including the nature of democracy, representation, liberty, and equality. GOAL #3. Civic engagement and responsibility Finally, this class encourages an active and informed interest in politics by demonstrating the relevance of the topics we study to contemporary political events, ranging from the Trump administration, to health care reform, and the ongoing war on terror.

CRN: 14772

Section: B

Enrolled/Seats: 116/117

Days Time Location
MWF 12:00 - 12:50 LAFAYETTE HALL L207

Instructor(s): Deborah Lynn Guber

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020