NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
PLS 135 - AMERICAN NATIONAL POLITICS (3 CR.)

COURSE INFORMATION

This course teaches political institutions and processes of national government. It focuses on the Congress, Presidency, the courts, political opinion, elections, political parties and interest groups, as well as civil liberties and rights. Political issues dealing with foreign and domestic policy are included. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES

The general course objectives are to introduce the student to American national politics and its political culture.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

A. To define the central political values of American political culture.

B. To understand vocabulary and technical terms of government and politics.

C. To improve the basic skills of citizenship.

D. To encourage students to take a position on the important issues of American politics.

E. to improve the students' understanding of events appearing in newspapers and television.

F. To prepare students for more advanced courses in political science.

G. To understand the general principles of the U. S. Government and the interrelationships among the three branches of government.

MAJOR TOPICS A. American democracy

B. The Constitution

C. Federalism

D. Civil liberties and rights

E. Public opinion and interest groups

F. Political parties, campaigns and elections

G. The media

H. Money and politics

I. Congress

J. The presidency

K. The bureaucracy

L. The judiciary

M. Domestic and foreign policy

Revised 2/96

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