This is a course on United States government, at the Federal and State level, with some attention given to other levels of jurisdiction. Topics covered include the constitution; the federal system; political participation; the role of media (including media bias); interest groups; political parties; government structure; political ethics (or lack thereof); and policymaking. Comparison between American and other "national" government systems and American foreign policy will also be noted.
This course is intended to provide a broad background to American government and politics so that students can evaluate politics critically and participate intelligently in American public life.
Required Texts: Tannahill, Neal THINK American Government (2012 edition)