PLS 1120 American Federal Government

American political system at the national level, including process of government; democratic theory and development of the U. S. Constitution; citizen participation through voting; interest groups and political parties; structure, functions and powers of legislative, executive and judicial branches; issues of civil liberties and equal rights.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE  

Outcomes

  • Describe the American political system at the national level, including the structure, functions, and powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and their interactions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of political efficacy and influences on public policy and apply political knowledge to gain a better understanding of contemporary political, economic, and social issues.
  • Discuss and analyze how the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the Federal Government interact with one another to make, implement, enforce, and interpret the laws.
  • Identify, analyze, and apply theoretical, historical, and legal underpinnings of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and civil liberties; and analyze how the mass media, interest groups, social movements, and political parties influence campaigns and elections, governmental institutions, and the making of public policy.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3