POL– Political Science

All courses are alphabetized by course code. All courses are to be pursued in a normal sequence with prerequisite courses taken as indicated. Provided for each course is the following information: course number and title; number of class, laboratory, clinical/shop/work experience (if any), and credit hours; and the semester in which the course is offered - FA (Fall), SP (Spring), and SU (Summer).

POL-120 American Government (3 0 0 3)

This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American government. Topics include the constitutional framework, federalism, the three branches of government including the bureaucracy, civil rights and liberties, political participation and behavior, and policy process. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system.
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the essential concepts and theories in the course materials.
2. Illustrate an understanding of the roles, duties, and structural characteristics of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in the US government.
3. Analyze how American political institutions and individual behaviors interact to create political outcomes, with an awareness of the global context.
4. Define the function of political parties, interest groups, public opinion, and the media.
5. Interpret how American's political history, constitutional structure, and political culture contribute to the state of contemporary American democracy.
This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a general education course in Social/Behavioral Sciences. This course has been approved for transfer under the ICAA as a general education course in Social/Behavioral Sciences. (FA or SP). National ID (CIP) 45.1002. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course. [SBCC/BOG 02/21/14]