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American Politics – POL 210 (SNHU)

American Politics – POL 210 (SNHU)

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Bill of Rights
    Student will demonstrate understanding of the essential components of the Bill of Rights by analyzing civil liberties and civil rights in the contemporary setting.
  • Foreign Policy
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of American foreign policy by analyzing current trends in policy with a focus on national security.
  • Structure of American Government
    Student will demonstrate understanding of the structure of the government and the fundamental ideals of American government by analyzing contemporary issues facing the nation.
  • The Executive Branch
    Student will demonstrate understanding of the various duties of the Executive branch by analyzing current issues.

Pre-Requisites

High school sophomore

Status:

Open

Overview

This course offers a broad introduction to the structure and function of the American political system, including the roles played by the president, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups, the mass media, and state and local governments in the policy-making and electoral processes, with a special emphasis on how the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to solve what they saw as the political problems of their day continue to shape American national politics in ours. The format of our class sessions will combine lecture with class discussion. This course has no prerequisites.

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Major Topics and Concepts

• The Founding – The World Turned Upside Down
• The Founding – Miracle at Philadelphia
• The Separation of Powers and Check and Balances
• Federalism
• Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
• Congress
• The Presidency, Vice Presidency, and Executive Establishment
• The Courts
• Nominations, Campaigns, and Voting
• Political Parties, Interest Groups, and the Mass Media

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