Course Descriptions

POS 102 - American National Government - WR (formerly POS 120)

3 Credits

This course is a study of the American political system, its constitutional foundation, national institutions and contemporary issues. This course examines how the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, in addition to other national institutions, interact with each other and citizens. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS, SUNY-AH)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain essential concepts in Political Science and American Government.
2. Articulate the ideal of Democracy versus the practice of Democracy.
3. Describe the Constitution and its historical context.
4. Summarize the essential components of the Constitution.
5. Compare and contrast the differences and tensions between Federalism and anti-Federalism
6. Assess the effects of media and public opinion on political processes.
7. Articulate the role of the U.S. government in fostering and affecting international relations.
8. Explain the impacts of social movements on American government.
9. Identify the relationship between American government and public policy outputs.
10. Utilize writing to communicate an understanding, application, analysis, or evaluation of material covered in this course.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Fall Semester 2017
Intersession 2018
Spring Semester 2018