Catalog 2016-2017 
    
    Oct 22, 2018  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

POLS& 202 American Government

5 credits
This course explores various interpretations of American democracy and evaluates the changing nature of the American political system, origins, institutions, and operations. Students investigate issues of individual rights, popular representation, and power and policies; analyze formal and informal institutions of government; articulate conventional and unconventional means of citizen participation; and interpret political outcomes.

Prerequisites: ENGL 099  (or placement into ENGL& 101 )

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Evaluate information about American political ideologies and evidence used to support them
  • Analyze real world evidence and hypothetical political and economic issues
  • Explain key concepts in American government and politics
  • Evaluate the political analyses of political commentators and political actors and other sources of political information to distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Evaluate and articulate the impact of historical and current events on the development and functioning of American Government
  • Evaluate and draw conclusions from competing and contradictory sources
  • Present theoretical solutions to contemporary political and economic problems
  • Articulate how well ideologies describe real world problems and offer solutions to those problems.
  • Communicate awareness and understanding of key concepts in American government through written and/or oral expression
  • Present theoretical solutions to contemporary political and economic problems