American Government

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Course Number: POLS101
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This American Government course outlines the key information students need for a solid understanding of the foundation of American Government both historically and functionally. The course explains how American democracy took shape and its ongoing evolution through creation of seminal documents such as the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This course also outlines the structure of American government at both the federal and state and local levels. Government as an active, participatory force is examined, with comprehensive discussion of the implications of politics in daily life. The course begins with extensive consideration of the formation of the American Government, including its delicate balance between federal and state rights. Citizen's rights and liberties are examined in pertinent areas including right to privacy, age, sex, and disability discrimination. Each branch of American Government is explained, and the political process is clarified with analysis of the influence of political parties, ideologies, interest groups, and public opinion. The final module of American Government courseware explores politics as an evolving participatory practice, intertwined with media coverage, and individual voting and political involvement.

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Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the ideals that the United States was founded upon, and discuss their lasting influence on the nation's politics.
  • Distinguish between civil rights and civil liberties, and explain how these rights and liberties are achieved through politics.
  • Explain how citizens participate in public affairs during elections and through intermediaries such as political parties, interest groups, and the media.
  • Discuss the ways Americans think politically, and describe the effect their opinions have on government.
  • Describe the division of political power among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
  • Debate the proper relationship between the people and the government.
  • Explain how the policies of the United States reflect the nature of its political system and its people, and why they tend to be piecemeal and reactive.
  • Compare and contrast the structures of the federal, state, and local governments.
Topic Topic Title Module
1
Learning Strategies
  • Learning Strategies
2 Types of Government
  • Types of Government Introduction
  • Module 1: The Formation of American Government
  • Module 2: The Constitution
  • Module 3: Federalism
  • Types of Government Summary
3 Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Civil Rights and Liberties Introduction
  • Module 4: Civil Liberties
  • Module 5: Civil Rights
  • Civil Rights and Liberties Summary
4 Divisions of Government
  • Divisions of Government Introduction
  • Module 6: The Legislative Branch of the Federal Government
  • Module 7: The Executive Branch
  • Module 8: Judicial Branch of Federal Government
  • Module 9: Bureaucracy
  • Module 10: State and Local Government
  • Divisions of Government Summary
5 Politics
  • Politics Introduction
  • Module 11: Political Ideologies and Parties
  • Module 12: Public Opinion
  • Module 13: Interest Groups
  • Politics Summary
6 Politics in Daily Life
  • Politics in Daily Life Introduction
  • Module 14: Politics and the Media
  • Module 15: Campaigns and Elections
  • Module 16: Public Policy
  • Module 17: Economic, Environmental, and Educational Policy
  • Module 18: Voting and Political Participation
  • Module 19: Politics in Daily Life Summary
Final Exam
  • Study Guide Final Examination

There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course does not require a text.

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher. If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There is a total of 100% in the course:

Unit Assessment Points Available
  • Topic Test: Types of Government
  • Topic Test: Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Topic Test: Divisions of Government
  • Topic Test: Politics
  • Topic Test: Politics in Daily Life
70% of your course grade
Final Graded Exam 30% of your course grade
Total 100%

Final Proctored Exam

The final exam is developed to assess the knowledge you learned taking this course. All students are required to take an online proctored final exam in order complete the course and be eligible for transfer credit.

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This American Government course outlines the key information students need for a solid understanding of the foundation of American Government both historically and functionally. The course explains how American democracy took shape and its ongoing evolution through creation of seminal documents such as the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This course also outlines the structure of American government at both the federal and state and local levels. Government as an active, participatory force is examined, with comprehensive discussion of the implications of politics in daily life. The course begins with extensive consideration of the formation of the American Government, including its delicate balance between federal and state rights. Citizen's rights and liberties are examined in pertinent areas including right to privacy, age, sex, and disability discrimination. Each branch of American Government is explained, and the political process is clarified with analysis of the influence of political parties, ideologies, interest groups, and public opinion. The final module of American Government courseware explores politics as an evolving participatory practice, intertwined with media coverage, and individual voting and political involvement.

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