Jun 01, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 453 - American Government

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course is a study of the American governmental system and an analysis of the appropriateness of this system at this time. The challenges to democratic government, the question of constitutional government, the question of individual rights, the question of popular representation, and the question of responsible leadership are the basic topics treated. The course integrates political science, history, and law to produce a greater awareness and understanding of current affairs. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the broad principles which have shaped American governmental development
  • Understand the basic operation of the U.S. government
  • Recognize the role and complexity of individual right/responsibilities with the U.S. system

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Political Theory (2 classes)
  • American Political History (1 class)
  • Separation of Powers (1 class)
  • Federalism (3 classes)
  • Religious Freedom (2 classes)
  • Freedom of Speech (2 classes)
  • Freedom of the Press (2 classes)
  • Equal Rights under the Law (3 classes)
  • Citizenship (1 class)
  • Due Process (3 classes)
  • The Presidency (3 classes)
  • The Congress (3 classes)
  • The Judiciary (2 classes)
  • Voting and Voting Patterns (2 classes)

Patrick Jung

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