*American Federal Government - HP 1113

Course Overview

This course is an introductory, online course in American politics.  The central question this course seeks to answer is: what are the main components of the American political system, and what are the biggest issues facing it today?  In an age of government shutdowns, partisan fighting, budget crises and increasing cynicism towards government, these are important questions to answer, especially if we are to be an informed populace.  The course will not only cover the framework of the American government, but also how factors like the media, political parties and advocacy groups interact with and influence political institutions.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their studies, successful students in both the political science and pre-law tracks will be able to:
  1. Articulate what it means to be a Christian in a political world.
  2. Analyze contemporary events and personal experiences in different cultures within their field.
  3. Explain the main subfields of political science: international relations, American politics, comparative politics and political philosophy.
Furthermore, this course satisfies the Civics, Ethics and Stewardship foundation, which ensures that students:
  1. Within the framework of a Christian worldview, learners can articulate an understanding of civic engagement, ethics and stewardship and the influence of responsible citizenship on community, the nation and the world.
Required Textbook
Webtext (required)
Evans, Jocelyn and Kristy Michaud (2017). Central Ideas in American Government (6th ed.). New York: Soomo Publishing.

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