Political Science | Intro to American Politics
Y103 | 13637 | Wright


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.

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.