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Do you need to brush-up your knowledge of the American political system? Have you forgotten or feel slightly 'hazy' about the structure of the American government, the details of the Constitution or the exact division of the three branches of government? Are you interested in discovering how our current political parties were formed or the impact of public opinion, mass media and special interests groups on today's American policies? If you answered "yes" to these questions, this online course can be your ideal learning resource.
Rather than focusing on the history of the American federal government, this course is a comprehensive evaluation of how the government is set up and how it works. We will start with a look at how the American government is organized, and then we will focus on American culture and how it forms the environment in which the government functions, and the influences that the citizenry exerts on the policy-making process. Public opinion plays an important role in any republic so we will examine how public opinion is measured and how it contributes to the democratic process.
The citizens of United States enjoy many freedoms and liberties, but, as in all republics, they also live according to a Constitution and an established set of laws. We will examine the balance between freedom and law, and discuss the development of civil liberties. The political participation of Americans, both as individuals and as a part of interest groups influences nearly all functions of the government. We will also take a look at the media's increasingly important role in politics, and how the political parties of the United States work together to create legislation.
The social welfare and safety of Americans is a significant part of the priorities of the federal government. This course will outline the development of important programs that have served as model to other governments throughout the world. In the process, we will also evaluate how public policy is made from several important perspectives: economic, foreign relations, and environmental.
Written with the belief that understanding the foundations of the America system of government is necessary to fully comprehend America's current political system, this self-paced course is appropriate for learners of any age (homeschoolers, high schoolers, college students or just inquisitive people). Our easy-to-understand online format is perfect for those seeking review, extra tutoring, test prep or general educational enhancement.
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Lesson 1. Introduction to American GovernmentThe lesson will include why, when, and how the American Government came about.
Lesson 2. The ConstitutionThis lesson will cover the framework of the Constitution, the structure, and what the Constitution does for the individual.
Lesson 3. The Legislative BranchThis lesson will cover the structure of the legislative branch. Topics will focus on the organization of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Lesson 4. The Judiciary BranchThe organization of the federal courts and the state courts
Lesson 5. The Executive BranchThis lesson will focus on the Executive Branch of the Government highlighting the powers and duties of the president and of the extensive executive departments.
Lesson 6. American Political CultureThe November 2008, presidential elections in the United States offered the clearest demonstration of the current American political culture.
Lesson 7. Public OpinionThere are several types of democracies and while the U.S. certainly incorporates many democratic ideas into its government, our nation is best described as a republic.
Lesson 8. Elections and CampaignsPublic opinion polls may influence policy and steer our elected officials on a desired path of results, but the single most important element of the democratic process is the campaign and election process.
Lesson 9. Interest GroupsAn interest group is a collection of people who share similar beliefs and endeavor to educate the general public about an issue.
Lesson 10. Civil LibertiesThe freedoms extended to individuals, which are commonly referred to as civil liberties or civil rights, have changed and evolved throughout our history, and they continue to change on an almost daily basis.
Lesson 11. Political ParticipationThroughout its entire history, the United States has been home to some of the most politically active peoples of the world
Lesson 12. Political PartiesA political party is an organization dedicated to the advancement of a specific political platform, or a set of beliefs on a wide range of issues.
Lesson 13. The MediaThe media, which is today comprised of television, radio, newspapers, the Internet, and countless other sources of information, has played a vital role in American government since the country's founding.
Lesson 14. Social WelfareThere are a variety of social welfare programs in the United States today, economic programs, health-related services, housing development programs, and many others.
Lesson 15. The Policy Making ProcessIn this lesson, we will examine the full process of policy making, from a law's origination to the required presidential signature.
Lesson 16. U.S. Economic PolicyThe economic policies of the United States are driven and influenced by a wide variety of factors: laws, the Constitution, lobbyists, the global economic climate, and, ultimately, the will of the people.
Lesson 17. U.S. Foreign PolicyThe all-encompassing goal of U.S. Foreign Policy is to ensure the safety of American citizens and the international community.
Lesson 18. U.S. Environmental PolicyIn addition to enacting laws that protect Americans' safety, environmental policy must be future-focused to assure that future generations will benefit from today's decisions.
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Summarize the major points of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.
- Identify and describe the role and responsibilities of the Legislative Branch, the Judiciary Branch, and the Executive Branch.
- Summarize the power of public opinion and the affects of mass media on politics.
- Identify and describe the major political parties and interest groups, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|Lesson 1 Exam||Exam||50|
|Lesson 2 Exam||Exam||115|
|Is the Legislative Branch the Most Powerful Agent of Government?||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 3 Assignment: Senate||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 3 Assignment: House of Representatives||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 4 Assignment: Judiciary Branch||Assignment||25|
|Is the President an Elected King?||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 5 Exam||Exam||110|
|Lesson 6 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 6 Exam||Exam||9|
|Public Opinion and the Presidency||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 7 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 7 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 8 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 8 Exam||Exam||9|
|Lesson 9 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 9 Exam||Exam||10|
|Are Civil Liberties all inclusive?||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 10 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 10 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 11 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 11 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 12 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 12 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 13 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 13 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 14 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 14 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 15 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 15 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 16 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 16 Exam||Exam||8|
|Lesson 17 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 17 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 18 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 18 Exam||Exam||9|
|The Final Exam||Exam||61|
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