Political Science | Introduction to American Politics
Y103 | 0517 | Osborn

In the United States, our government is often either criticized
for most anything it does, or deemed a most uninteresting subject for
conversation entirely.  This is unfortunate, however, when one
considers just how much impact the US government can have on its
citizens’ lives, even on a daily basis.  With this in mind, this
course is designed as an introduction to how American politics works –
its history, its structure, its function, its purpose and
importance.  Why is our government set up the way it is, and how do
its various parts work (or perhaps not work!) together to produce
what we see as citizens?  How do the parts of government laid out by
our Constitution work, and how have they evolved?  How do entities
like political parties, the media, and the bureaucracy play a role in
politics and government, even though they aren’t mentioned as
political actors in the Constitution?  How do elections operate as a
mechanism for representation, and why is this important in American
politics?  How does American politics as we will study it affect your