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Introduction To The American Political System (POL-101)

Semester: Fall 2020
Number: 0158-101-001
Instructor: Margaret Gray
Days: Monday Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Note: Hybrid Online/In-Person Class
Location: Garden City - NEX 239
Credits: 3

Class Will Meet 10:00-10:50am Mondays In Person And Wednesdays Online
Synchronously--Students Should Attend One Of These Sessions Weekly.
Other Course Content Will Be Online Asynchronously. After
Thanksgiving, Synchronous Sessions Will Continue On Mondays Only.

Course Materials: View Text Books
Related Syllabi: Binda Godlove Aka for Fall 2022*

*Attention Students: Please note that the syllabi available for your view on these pages are for example only. The instructors and requirements for each course are subject to change each semester. If you enroll in a particular course, your instructor and course outline may differ from what is presented here.


This course is a study of the political structures and processes that affect the scope and content of American Politics. It examines the constitutional system, federalism, institutions (executive, legislative and judicial), parties, interest groups, public opinion, campaigns, elections, and civil rights and liberties. (Learning Goals:CW;Distribution Reqs:Social Sciences)

Learning Goals:   Students who complete this course successfully will acquire a working knowledge of theAmerican political system. They will come to understand the nature of the American political culture and of its clashing ideologies, the structure and functioning of American political institutions (both governmental and non-governmental), and the forces that shape American public policy. Additionally, by gaining an understanding of the liberties and rights guaranteed by our Constitution, legislative acts and judicial decisions, and the civic responsibilities mandated by same, students will also be better equipped to function as intelligent and responsible citizens.

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