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This course is an introduction to the American political system and is designed to provide students with a basic—but broad—understanding of its design, how it functions, and how it is influenced. We will begin by examining the constitutional and ideological foundations of American government, and then explore the workings of key national institutions, including Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the federal judiciary. The final part of the course will be devoted to examining how citizens influence these institutions through political parties, interest groups, campaigns and elections, and the media. Across the semester our concern will be to consider the links between theories, processes and institutions of governance, specifically the U.S. government and its relationship to its citizens.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Analyzing Social Structures (SS) Context of Experience: United States (US) Extended Requirement: Abstract or Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: N Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: PS 100 Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 5 Number of Seats: 55
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