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Course Description



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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Goals

Course Materials

  All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Lesson Outline


Lesson 1- Introduction to American Government

Lesson 2- The Constitution

Lesson 3 - The Legislative Branch

Lesson 4 - The Judiciary Branch

Lesson 5 - The Executive Branch

Lesson 6 - American Political Culture

Lesson 7 - Public Opinion

Lesson 8 - Elections and Campaigns

Lesson 9 - Interest Groups

Lesson 10 - Civil Liberties

Lesson 11 - Political Participation

Lesson 12 - Political Parties

Lesson 13 - The Media

Lesson 14 - Social Welfare

Lesson 15 - The Policy-Making Process

Lesson 16 - U.S. Economic Policy

Lesson 17 - U.S. Foreign Policy

Lesson 18 - U.S. Environmental Policy

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know 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.
  • Know 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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Exam50
What were they thinking about?25
Lesson 2 Exam115
Is the Legislative Branch the Most Powerful Agent of Government?25
Lesson 3 Assignment: Senate25
Lesson 3 Assignment: House of Representatives25
Lesson 4 Assignment: Judiciary Branch25
Is the President an Elected King?25
Lesson 5 Exam110
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Exam9
Can Public Opinion be Bought?20
Public Opinion and the Presidency25
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8 Exam9
Special Interest Groups20
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Exam10
Are Civil Liberties all inclusive?25
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 Exam10
Disadvantages of PAC's20
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment25
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13 Exam10
Social Welfare In America20
Lesson 14 Assignment25
Lesson 14 Exam10
Are Public Policies good for all?20
Lesson 15 Assignment25
Lesson 15 Exam10
FDR and American Economic Policy20
Lesson 16 Assignment25
Lesson 16 Exam8
President Biden's Foreign Policy in the Middle East20
Lesson 17 Assignment25
Lesson 17 Exam10
Can any President Solve the Clean Water Issue In America?20
Lesson 18 Assignment25
Lesson 18 Exam9
The Final Exam61
Total Points:1152

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