American Government begins with the evolution of the social contract, U.S. political ideals and the 4 theories of power in America. Next comes the Constitution: how it was created, what it says, checks and balances and the importance of the Bill of Rights. You’ll explore Federalism and the balance between federal and state governments. Once you understand where our government comes from, you’ll move on to how it interacts with citizens: civil liberties, civil rights, public opinion and mass media, special interest groups, and the electoral process. You’ll examine the 3 branches of the federal government in depth: Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary, before ending with public policy and State and Local governments.
* A 3-credit StraighterLine course is estimated to require approximately 75 hours of study time. Dedicating 17-20 hours per week should allow a student to finish within a single month subscription. That estimate is not guaranteed, and individual experience may differ. Prices do not include books.