GOV f310L • American Government
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
The basic goal of this course is to develop our understanding of and ability to think critically and creatively about American politics. The course will focus on disputes among political actors and among experts over a wide variety of issues, ranging from how government really works to what policies should be adopted to deal with major public problems. We will examine the operation of major American institutions (the presidency, the Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy), examining the inputs into their operations (voters and other activists, parties, interest groups, public opinion, and mass media), and the outputs (civl liberties, civil rights, and public policies in areas such as public education, distributive justice, the economy, and the environment). Some of these topics will be examined in their context of Texas politics. We'll also follow major current events that relate to the course material by readind The New York Times.
In-class exams and a final exam
TBD plus the daily New York Times