United States Government

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This course is a comprehensive study of government in the United States, including the basic principles of American government and political culture and a cross-cultural examination of institutions, processes, and public policies. It will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.

This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students should become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. These certain topics are usually covered in all college courses.

Coursework will consist of assignments and lectures, with a test at least once a week. Anyone is welcome to follow along and read all the course material. However, those who are actually participating in this course should be independent and motivated learners. Completion of most of the coursework in this class requires a very decent command of the English language.

Course Outline[edit]

Semester 1[edit]

  • Week 1: People and Government
  • Week 2: Origins of American Government
  • Week 3: The Constitution
  • Week 4: The Federal System
  • Week 5: The Organization of Congress
  • Week 6: Development of Congressional Powers
  • Week 7: Congress At Work
  • Week 8: The Presidency
  • Week 9: Presidential Leadership
  • Week 10: The Federal Bureaucracy
  • Week 11: The Federal Court System
  • Week 12: Supreme Court Decision Making
  • Week 13: Constitutional Freedoms

Semester II[edit]

  • Week 14: Citizenship and Equal Justice
  • Week 15: Law in America
  • Week 16: Political Parties
  • Week 17: Elections and Voting
  • Week 18: Interest Groups and Public Opinion
  • Week 19: The Mass Media
  • Week 20: Taxing and Spending
  • Week 21: Social and Domestic Policy
  • Week 22: Foreign Policy and Defense
  • Week 23: Structure and Function of State Government
  • Week 24: Structure and Function of Local Government
  • Week 25: Political Systems in Today's World
  • Week 26: Development of Economic Systems