Honors | Introduction to American Politics
Y103 | 3700 | D. Barbour
2:30-3:45P MW WH 202
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.