2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CPOLS 2121 U.S. Politics

This is a course on the U.S. political system and how to use it. It begins with a look at the U.S. Constitution and founding principles. It then focuses on the structures and processes of the United States Government: Congress, the presidency, the judiciary, bureaucracy, federalism, and state and local government. The second half of the course concentrates on American politics in action: political parties, public opinion, political news, interest groups, citizenship, patriotism, political socialization, political culture, social movements, civil rights and civil liberties. Welfare, economic, and foreign policy is also covered. Students will gain comprehensive knowledge of systems of government in the United States, and a critical understanding of theories and practices of U.S politics. They will also develop practical skills for taking political action in the United States.