GOV 310L • American Government
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Fulfills first half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. This course is an introduction to American government and politics. While our main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to state and local governments of Texas. In some instances, the American case is placed in a comparative context derived from the experience of other western democracies. In other instances, we focus on changes over time within the American political system to demonstrate how principles often change with context. At all times, we are interested in a better understanding of how this particular system has developed and what it means for citizens of the United States. There are three primary objectives in this course. The first is to provide basic descriptive information about American and Texas political systems by examining important political processes, institutions, and actors. The second is to develop analytical skills by which to understand complex relationships and phenomena. The third is to introduce the work of the political scientist by concentrating on the paradigms and techniques of the discipline.
Fiorina, Peterson and V. Johnson, The New American Democracy. Longman, 2005