Political Science | Intro to American Politics
Y103 | ALL | 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 and one discussion/review
section a week. Every third Friday, there is a quiz (multiple choice
and ID questions) worth 10% of the final grade; otherwise, Friday
lecture sessions do not meet. Other requirements include two very
short essays (each worth 10% of the final grade), attendance and
participation in discussion section (20%) and a final exam (20%).
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.