Political Science | Intro to American Politics
Y103 | 22452 | Burmila


A democracy with an uninformed citizenry is simply an oligarchy in
which those who understand the political process gain power over
those who do not.

The purpose of this course is to provide students a foundation for
understanding the mechanics of the American government and politics.
We will focus on the rules (the Constitution) and institutions of
government - the Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, political
parties, and elections - with the intention of each student
completing the course prepared to be an active participant in civic
life. Lastly, we will look at the historical development of
government and politics in America from the founding to the present.

This course is appropriate, or perhaps even more important, for
students who are not majoring in Political Science. The material we
will cover constitutes "the basics" that students in fields such as
history, sociology, journalism, business, or public affairs need to
succeed. More importantly, this course will prepare students to
understand and critically analyze the daily media barrage of
information about what goes on in Washington. The course is designed
to accommodate majors, non-majors, and undecided students who may be
considering Political Science.

Due to the brevity of the summer session, regular attendance will be
essential and expected. Grading will be based on an exam and several
short (2-4 pages) writing assignments.