Course Descriptions

American Government – POLS 1101


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
POLS 1101 1BGDaniel Mancill
POLS 1101 1CGHans Schmeisser
POLS 1101 1DGDion George
POLS 1101 1EGBarry Balleck
POLS 1101 1FGRaluca Viman-Miller
POLS 1101 1GGJoe Trachtenberg
POLS 1101 1HGSheikh Drammeh
POLS 1101 1IGTed Rossier
POLS 1101 1JGThomas Caiazzo
POLS 1101 1KGMelanie Clay
POLS 1101 1LGRoger Marietta

Credit Hours


  • 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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