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POLS 1100 - US National GovernmentPOLS 1100
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Last Updated: January 8, 2014

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Description

A survey of the institutions and practices of the U.S. government with emphasis on political behavior and social conflict. The main objective of POLS 1100 is to help students gain a broad understanding of the institutions and practices of the U.S. government and political system. Another objective is to teach the students how to think as a political scientist and give them tools to become more civically engaged. It fulfills the AI requirement at all USHE institutions. The course has been designed to be offered in one semester.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate that they understand key concepts, events and personalities relating to the Constitutional foundations of U.S. government.
  2. Demonstrate that they understand key concepts, events and personalities relating to the major national-level governing institutions.
  3. Demonstrate that they understand key concepts, events and personalities relating to political behavior and linkage institutions.
  4. Demonstrate that they understand key concepts, events and personalities relating to the civil liberties and civil rights of people living in the United States.
  5. Effectively communicate orally or in writing about the key concepts above, or other significant topics in U.S. politics.
  6. Construct an electronic portfolio that mixes text and images in an impressive way.
  7. Use and interpret information presented as data, graphs, and tables relevant to analyzing political behavior, public policy, and/or the historical development of the U.S. political system.
  8. Demonstrate in writing that they understand key aspects of critical thinking such as claims and evidence analysis and identification of fallacious argumentation within the context of the theory and/or practice of U.S. politics.
  9. Possess sufficient knowledge about U.S. national government and politics to be civically engaged.
  10. Give and receive peer review regarding a rough draft of a persuasive essay.
  11. Create an electronic portfolio of their work and reflection in this course.
  12. Use computer hardware and software to complete course assignments
  13. Use credible sources in their work.
  14. Properly cite the sources they use in their work.
Course Modules:
  1. Thinking Like a Political Scientist
  2. Constitutional Foundations of the U.S. National Government
  3. National Institutions
  4. Linkage Institutions
  5. Electoral Politics and Political Behavior
  6. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Project Leader:

David Hubert
Salt Lake Community College
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Phone801-957-4280

Development Team Members:

Marianne McKnight
  Salt Lake Community College
John McFarlane
  Utah Valley University
Norm Jones
  Utah State University
John Howell
  Southern Utah University
Stephanie Johnson
  Richfield High School

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