PS 201 - U.S. Government and Politics
An introduction to U.S. Government and politics that includes consideration of the debates surrounding the formation of the Constitution, American political economy, media and politics, the formation and impact of public opinion, and various forms of political participation including voting, political parties, campaigns, interest groups, and social movements.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
1. Identify, explain, and analyze historical foundations, core concepts, theories, debates, and historical foundations for contemporary U.S. politics and government.
2. Analyze how social and political phenomena influence human and governmental behavior.
3. Identify and explain influences on the U.S. political system, institutions, and political culture.
4. Identify, explain, and critically assess various means through which citizens and groups participate in U.S. politics.
5. Explain the roles and responsibilities of individuals and/or institutions within the context of the U.S. political system.
6. Develop and express political ideas and opinions through the critical evaluation of political information with respect for different points of view.
7. Apply knowledge and experiences to increase appreciation for and participation in the United States’ diverse political society.
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