This course is an academic study of the foundations and workings of the American political system, focusing primarily on the national level of government. Emphasis is placed on origins of American government and the organization and functions of the branches of the federal government as well as the freedoms entitled to Americans through the Constitution. Federalism and other aspects of the American government including interest groups, political parties, voters and voting behavior, the electoral process, civil liberties and civil rights will also be discussed.
The assignments, projects and lectures in this course are designed to enhance students’ ability to think critically about politics, political institutions and political choices. Students will read and discuss current events, non-fiction, and primary source documents to deepen their understanding of the U.S. government and politics.
This course relies heavily on the use of the Google Classroom. Students are welcome to print out resources if they lack connectivity to Internet outside of school.