This course will give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States. It requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality. Specific content to be covered will include, but not be limited to, an understanding of federalism and the separation of powers, the development of the constitution, the process of politics, the nature of public opinion, the role of political parties and interest groups, the major formal and informal institutional arrangement of powers, and the development of civil liberties and civil rights.
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation