Political Science | Intro to American Politics
Y103 | 20621 | Barbour


Since we canít escape from politics in our lives, we might as well
learn to appreciate and enjoy them.  In this class we explore
American politics: its rules (the Constitution), its institutions
(the Presidency, Congress, the courts, and the bureaucracy), its
participants (individual voters, parties, interests groups, and the
media) and its product (social, economic and foreign policy).  We not
only cover the facts of American politics, we also focus on becoming
informed critics and intelligent consumers of the daily barrage of
news from the media.

This course has two lectures a week.  Grades will be based on four
exams, four short written exercises and in class exercises. Optional
feature-length movies are shown at night for extra credit.  Readings
average 50 pages of textbook per week, and a daily newspaper of your
choice.  This course is designed for non-majors, beginning majors,
and people considering becoming political science majors