Government

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

GVT 111 : U.S. Government

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

Credits

3

Prerequisites

A passing score on the College's reading and English placement tests or C or better or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092

  1. Identify the intellectual and political origins of the American government.
  2. Analyze the organization, powers and operations of the three branches of government.
  3. Recognize and analyze the evolution of the American government.
  4. Identify the origins and changing relationship between the federal government and the states.
  5. Describe and appraise the relationship between the federal government and the American people in terms of their civil liberties and civil rights.

GVT 112 : Comparative Government

This course is a comparative analysis of the political culture, governmental structure, political systems, and public policies of selected Western and non-Western nations. It examines the historical origin and political culture of each nation, the institutions of government, political parties and elections, and current governmental policies and challenges. 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 selected Western and non-Western governments. This course aids students in their efforts to understand the principles of group behavior and social organizations, how power is wielded in society, and the responsibilities and rights of the individual in human society. Three class hours a week. Competency met: Historic Awareness (5.1), Global Awareness (5.2), Social Phenomenon (5.4), Ethical Dimensions (7.0) Spring.

Credits

3
  1. Identify the intellectual and political origins of modern nations.
  2. Describe and assess the impact of the past on modern government structures.
  3. Analyze the concept of political culture as a way of understanding each nation.
  4. Appraise the role of political parties and elections in selected western and non-western nations.
  5. Explain the contributions of various political thinkers on modern nations.

GVT 251 : State and Local Government

This course is an inquiry into the modern urban community and the political problems of city people in the United States. It examines the image of the city in U.S. culture, American political ideology, the heritage of machine and reform politics, voting and elections, the institutions of state and local government, intergovernmental relations between the national, state, regional, and local levels, the evolution of modern urban America, and the challenges and opportunities facing modern urban government. Students develop the ability to think, read, and write critically and analytically and to understand various forms of human interaction through an analysis of urban government and politics 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 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: Social Phenomenon (5.4), Ethical Dimensions (7.0) Spring

Credits

3
  1. Explain the intellectual and political origins of the American city.
  2. Identify the organization, powers and operations of the three branches of government at the federal, state and local levels.
  3. Describe and assess the origins and changing relationship between the federal, state and local governments.
  4. Appraise the various forms of political participation and the evolution of the American political process.
  5. Analyze the evolution of urban America through a discussion of current public policy issues.