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American Government – POLS 1101

Description

A study of government and politics, including the philosophical and constitutional foundations, governing institutions, political behavior and major public policy issues. This course satisfies the State legislative requirement concerning the United States Constitution and the Georgia Constitution.


POLS 1101 - Summer 2024

Course Instructor
POLS 1101 1AGBaogang Guo
bguo@daltonstate.edu
POLS 1101 1BGDaniel Mancill
dmancill@ega.edu
POLS 1101 1CGHans Schmeisser
hschmeisser@abac.edu
POLS 1101 1DGDion George
dion.george@ung.edu
POLS 1101 1EGBarry Balleck
bballeck@georgiasouthern.edu
POLS 1101 1FGRaluca Viman-Miller
raluca.viman-miller@ung.edu
POLS 1101 1GGJoe Trachtenberg
joetrachtenberg@clayton.edu
POLS 1101 1HGSheikh Drammeh
sdrammeh@westga.edu
POLS 1101 1IGTed Rossier
ted.rossier@ung.edu
POLS 1101 1JGThomas Caiazzo
tcaiazzo@ega.edu
POLS 1101 1KGMelanie Clay
melanie.clay@ung.edu
POLS 1101 1LGRoger Marietta
roger.marietta@asurams.edu
3

Credit Hours


Prerequisites

  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical background, foundations, origins, content, and application of the U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the Georgia Constitution.
  • Identify the Institutions and processes of the three branches of government.
  • Develop an awareness of current political issues and the policy making process, both domestic and global.
  • Analyze the nature of Democratic politics in terms of political behavior (e.g. ideology, public opinion) and linking institutions (e.g. parties, interest groups, media).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cause and effect relationships in society.
  • Recognize differing perspectives and points of view.
  • Construct and analyze arguments.
  • Lesson 1 - Democratic Government and the U.S. Constitution
  • Lesson 2 - Federalism and the Georgia Constitution
  • Lesson 3 - Media, Socialization, and Public Opinion
  • Lesson 4 - Political Participation, Campaigns, and Political Parties
  • Lesson 5 – Congress
  • Lesson 6 - Presidency and Bureaucracy
  • Lesson 7 - The Judiciary, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
  • Lesson 8 - Political Issues and Policymaking

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Discussions - 29%
  • Quizzes - 25%
  • Writing Assignments - 15%
  • Major Project - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%
  • Attendance Verification - 1%

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