POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics

This course surveys the major philosophical and constitutional foundations of American and Texas governmental institutions, and examines the major political processes and policy outputs that result from these factors. Students are exposed to topics including civil rights, civil liberties, public opinion, voting behavior, mediating institutions including parties and interest groups, federalism, major governmental institutions, and major areas of public policy. Considerable time is devoted to thinking about how these components fit together, and how they shape the nature and importance of citizenship and civic engagement. The subject matter of this course, therefore, meets all aspects of the government/political science foundational component area. This course is designed to provide students with a historical and contemporary look at our system of government, from the federal, to state perspective. There will be quantitative analysis which will include looking at data, examining measurement tools, finding the average and making some charts on Excel.