Naomi D Murakawa
POL S 202
Institutions and politics in the American political system. Ways of thinking about how significant problems, crises, and conflicts of American society are resolved politically. Offered: AWSpS.
This course provides a broad introduction to politics in the United States. Topics include the constitutional framework; Congress, the Presidency, and the Courts; political parties, elections, interest groups, and social movements; the policymaking process; public opinion and voting behavior; and the politics of race, ethnicity, class, gender, national origin, and sexuality. By the end of the quarter, students should understand the structure American government and should have an increased ability to critically reflect on the degree to which American democracy lives up to its promises.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
All exams consist of short questions that test the studentís comprehension of basic concepts, as well as essay questions that test the studentís ability to analyze important debates in American politics.
Grades are based on quiz section participation (15%), a quiz (20%), a midterm exam (30%), and a final exam (35%).