The students will:
1. Record and integrate material from text and lecture. This will
be constantly related to current events.
2. Define terms, and identify political and economic institutions
and persons related to the current American culture.
3. Daily discuss ongoing political and economic problems facing the
4. Relate current problems to past policies of American institutions.
5. In class discussions, apply thematic information of the course
to current national circumstances.
6. Use communication and analytical skills learned in class to
demonstrate their proficiency on in class exams.
7. Will be encouraged to question their values and popular political
8. Motivated to observe the world around them and question the
goals and outcomes of their society's actions.
A. Course requirements.
B. Study of politics.
D. The political spectrum.
2. The historical background.
A. The colonization of North America.
B. The colonial political experience.
C. The American Revolution.
D. Post-war problems.
3. The constitution of 1787.
A. The convention.
B. The constitution itself.
C. The principles of the constitution.
4. The presidency.
B. Constitutional roles/requirements.
C. Non-constitutional roles.
D. Institutional aspects of the presidency.
5. The bureaucracy.
A. Characteristics of a bureaucracy.
B. Description of our National Bureaucracy.
C. Role of the bureaucracy.
D. Measuring the bureaucracy.
A. Description of congress.
B. Role of congresspersons - re-election.
C. The legislative process.
D. Why things end the way they do.
B. Fiscal policy.
C. Monetary policy.
D. The interdependent world.
8. The court system.
A. The federal courts.
B. The state courts.
C. Political distinctions between federal and state.
9. Civil Liberties.
A. Freedom to expression.
B. Freedom to participate.
C. Freedom from harassment.
10. Civil Rights.
A. Attempts to enter the system.
B. Tactics from the grass roots.
11. Interest groups.
A. Definition and description.
C. Case histories.
12. The media.
C. Control of the media.
D. Manipulation of the media.
A. Political socialization.
C. Voting past and present.
14. Political Parties.
B. Role of parties.
C. Parties today.
D. California parties.
B. The primaries.
C. The conventions.
D. The general election.
1. Read and study appropriate chapters of the text.
2. Maintain awareness of current events shaping American political
and economic landscape.
3. Regular attendance of class.
4. Frequent in-class participation.
5. Note taking of material presented in class.
6. Preparation for in-class, closed-book, no-notes examination.
THE BASICS OF AMERICAN POLITICS, Little Brown Company.