Programs & Courses

PSLS-100 - American Government
American Government examines the principles, structures, and decision-making processes at the national government level in the United States with the patterns in other nations. The course centers on the role of government, political parties, pressure groups, and individuals in shaping the policies which affect society. Emphasis is placed on contemporary political issues (formerly offered as POLS-101; credit will not be awarded for both). Credit by exam available; CLEP (American Government) accepted. Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION
Academic Level:
Political Sci. / Legal Studies, Gen Ed Social & Behav Sciences, General Education Elective
Political Sci. / Legal Study*
Please see course description for all prerequisites.
Course Objectives: 1. Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States, and the founding principles, structure, and operation of American government GE1,GE3,GE4, GE5,GE6 . 2. Describe the separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice GE1, GE3, GE4, GE6 . 3. Evaluate the roles of the media, public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the electoral process GE2, GE3, GE4, GE5, GE6 . 4. Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens GE1, GE3, GE6, GE7 . 5. Examine the evolution of public policies in U.S. politics GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4, GE5, GE6 . 6. Evaluate the influence of ideology, leadership and personalities of different political actors on the organization and effectiveness of political parties and interest groups GE1,GE2,GE3,GE4,GE5,GE6 . 7. Describe how economic power and the organizational and bureaucratic dynamics of the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of government influence American politics GE1,GE2,GE3,GE4,GE5,GE6 . 8. Interpret tabular and graphical displays of political and social information GE2,GE3,GE4,GE5,GE6 . 9. Use appropriate print, periodical, and Internet-based resources in the analysis of contemporary political issues GE1,GE2,GE3, GE4, GE5, GE6 . 10. Demonstrate good writing and general communication skills for informed political discourse GE1, GE2,GE3,GE4 . 11. Discuss the ways in which the American political economy reflects the complementary and conflicting demands of capitalism and democracy GE1, GE2,GE3,GE4,GE7 .ial information.
American Government
Course: PSLS-100 - American Government