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.

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Credit Hours


  • None


Course Equivalency

    Course Syllabus    

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 and Participation – 30%
  • Quizzes – 20%
  • Writing Assignments – 20%
  • Midterm Exam – 15%
  • Final Exam – 15%