This course is a study of the constitutional, ideological, and cultural factors that influence the political and governmental institutions of the United States. It examines the origin, principles, and provisions of the U.S. and Massachusetts Constitutions; the role of the mass media and public opinion;, voting and elections; the institutions of national government; and the Constitutional liberties and rights of citizens. Students develop the ability to think, read, and write critically and analytically and to understand the various forms of human interaction through an analysis of the U.S. government from its inception to the present. This course aids students in their efforts to understand how power is wielded in society and the responsibilities and rights of the individual in human society. Students also develop an understanding of differing points of view on the same issue and the importance of considering the ramifications of decisions. Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Historic Awareness (5.1), Social Phenomenon (5.4), Ethical Dimensions (7.0) Fall, Spring, Summer
- Identify the intellectual and political origins of the American government.
- Analyze the organization, powers and operations of the three branches of government.
- Recognize and analyze the evolution of the American government.
- Identify the origins and changing relationship between the federal government and the states.
- Describe and appraise the relationship between the federal government and the American people in terms of their civil liberties and civil rights.