POL1101: Introduction to American Politics
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COURSE OVERVIEW: This course introduces you to the American political system and the core theories that seek to explain U.S. politics. We cover basic information, like what powers Congress and the president have, as well as deeper questions like: Why do elected officials behave as they do? What role do parties and interest groups play in representing the diverse views of the American people? Why does America rarely have a credible third-party alternative? Why do citizens participate in politics? Is American democracy functioning as it is supposed to function?.... I have three main GOALS: first, I hope that you establish a solid foundation for understanding U.S. politics in a systematic way, beyond what you might get from just following current events. To accomplish this, the course introduces you to a variety of academic theories that scholars have developed to explain the American political system. Second, I hope you will hone your critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. I want you to improve your ability to carefully interrogate and articulate ideas, arguments, and evidence. Finally, I hope that this course encourages you to ask questions about the politics. As developing scholars, it is essential that you learn how to ask and answer questions that are important to you. This course shows you how previous scholars have asked and answered their questions about how American politics works.
Incantalupo, M. (2022, Fall). POL1101: Introduction to American Politics. Yeshiva College, Yeshiva University.
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