POL 1010: American Government


In-depth study of American government and politics focusing on a balanced, unbiased, and up-to-date introduction to constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and processes.


  1. Analyze and compare how the U.S. government functions on the federal, state, local, and global levels.
  2. Identify and contrast the meanings of civil liberties and civil rights, and explain the impact each has had on U.S. politics.
  3. Evaluate and identify the roles public opinion plays in American politics, from the local level to political parties.
  4. Discuss the impact interest groups and the media have on political socialization.
  5. Identify the three branches of government and explain their role in the checks and balances system of the U.S. government.
  6. Examine the role bureaucracy plays and how it maintains rules and order in the federal government.
  7. Research, analyze, and explain issues that impact the local, state, and federal economy.
  8. Identify and discuss the defense and foreign policies followed by the U.S. government.
  9. Assess and characterize how politics directly impacts business, safety, or health requirements.
  10. Engage in open discussion with perspective from leaders in the field.
  11. Describe the evolution of political and party structure from the 1800's to today.
  12. Evaluate the difference between intended and actual government.




The American democracy (Rev: 11th ed.)

Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2013)
Author: Patterson, T.
ISBN: 978-0-07-352640-9
Price: (No information available)

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