Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

POL 120 - American National Government

Course Description

American Government introduces students to the concepts, functions, and structures of the United States government. It undertakes an analysis of the U. S. national political system with a focus on the role of individuals in the governmental process, and the nature of the interactions that take place among the various branches and levels of government.Analyis will be made of civil rights and liberties that has maintained America as the most culturally diverse country in the world.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Assess the politial economy and historical underpinnings of the American system to the principles that were purported
Contrast the structure and organization of the executive, legislative, judiciary branches of government with the actual mechnisms of the system
Analyze the struggle for civil liberties and civil rights
Assess political factors and dynamics of democracy and actors within the system: citizens, political parties, interest groups, the media, and electoral process
Examine public policies with regard to populations throughout history

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Diversity and Social Justice (DJ)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: (ENG 050, REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075 or test scores