Course Number & Name:  PLS 104 American Government

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Concurrent Courses: Grades of “C” or better in RDG 096 and ENG 096 or ESL 105 AND ESL 106 or placement

Course Description: This course examines the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the structure and processes of the American governmental system. All of the branches of government are examined within the economical, historical, political, social, and contemporary context.

General Education Goals:  POL 104 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Society and Human Behavior.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens.  POL 104 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe and examine citizenship in the changing democracy;
  2. describe and examine the US Constitution;
  3. describe and examine federalism;
  4. describe and examine civil liberties in America;
  5. describe and examine civil rights in America;
  6. describe and examine public opinion in America;
  7. describe and examine political participation;
  8. identify, describe, and examine interest groups in America;
  9. describe and examine political parties and campaigns (i.e., citizens and the electoral process in America);
  10. describe and examine the differences between the media and the press;
  11. describe and examine the role of Congress;
  12. describe and examine the role of the President and the executive branch of government;
  13. describe and examine bureaucracy;
  14. describe and examine the courts and judicial power in a democratic setting;
  15. define and examine public policy; and
  16. define and examine foreign and defense policies


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