This course is an introduction to many of the critical aspects of the United States federal government. We will examine the foundations on which the national government was created and the theories and ideas which fostered those principles. We also will study the roles and relationships of the three branches of government and how they interact, as well as other important institutions such as the bureaucracy and the mass media. In addition, this course will spend time focusing on how citizens can participate in the government’s functions though political parties, interest groups, working on campaigns, and voting. Finally, this course will look at the policies the federal government creates and how they affect people living in the United States and throughout the world.
Kevin Pirch, Ph.D.