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Fall 2017
Sep 20, 2017
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GOVT 020 - US Political Systems
Government 020 provides students with a broad understanding of the political system in the United States.  It is one of the four introductory courses in the Department of Government.
 
The goal of the class is to train students both as citizens and as scholars.  As citizens, students will learn the shared history of U.S. politics and be able to think critically about how the system has succeeded and failed.  As scholars, students will be introduced to the theoretical and analytical tools of political science as applied to American government.
 
By the end of the semester students will
1)      Be politically literate, knowing core historical and contemporary facts about the U.S. political system

2)      Understand important theories about U.S. politics, including theories about the importance and functioning of political institutions, the roots of popular political preferences, and the functioning and consequences of elections.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Discussion, Distance, Lecture

Government Department

Course Attributes:
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Mutual Exclusion:
This course carries a mutual exclusion with the following courses; you may not enroll in it if you have completed any of the following with a passing grade:
GOVT 008

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