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Fall 2016 Catalog 
Fall 2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GO 101 - American Government I

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the system of government in the United States of America through the investigation of the following topics: the function and relationship of the institutions of government (Congress, Presidency and courts); the principle of federalism; democracy and political ideology; the role of political parties; popular participation and the media; public policy; interest groups and the nature of power in American politics.

Fulfills SUNY General Education – Social Sciences.

Course Outcomes
A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of American governmental structure;
  • be able to analyze current events in American politics using political science concepts;
  • describe the most important constitutional provisions in American national government and how they have changed over time;
  • explain the role individuals play in American government and what factors influence their behavior;
  • assess the functions and interactions of American political institutions;
  • demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary political issues and poliitical conflicts.

F/S (C, N, S)