American Government

POL 123

YC Academy’s American Government course provides a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of the United States government. Using the US Constitution and the philosophical origins of government systems as a foundation, the course explores all branches of the United States government and provides students with an understanding of the basic organizations, policies of the political system, public policy, civil liberties, and American political culture.

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Course Outline

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Outcomes/Objectives

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Module #1

What is Government?

  • Theories, States, and Characteristics of Governments
  • Purpose and Process of Government
  • Foundational Democratic Principle
  • U.S. Democratic Values

Module #3

Federalism and Constitutional Interpretation

  • The Founders and Federalism
  • Creating Federalism
  • Constitution Interpretation

Module #5

American Politics

  • Political Ideologies and Political Culture
  • Political Socialization and the Creation of Political Beliefs
  • Measuring Public Opinion
  • Involvement in Government
  • Voting

Module #5

American Politics

  • Political Ideologies and Political Culture
  • Political Socialization and the Creation of Political Beliefs
  • Measuring Public Opinion
  • Involvement in Government
  • Voting

Module #7

Congress

  • Changes in Congressional Power
  • Congressional Leadership
  • Congressional Representation
  • Congressional Committees
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law

Module #9

The Bureaucracy

  • The Evolution and Expansion of the Bureaucracy
  • The Organization of the Bureaucracy
  • The Models of Bureaucracy and Bureaucrats
  • Reforming the Bureaucracy

Module #11

Policy: National and International

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Foreign and Defense Policies
  • Economic Policy
  • Public Policy

Module #13

Comparative Political and Economic Systems

  • Comparative Government
  • Comparing Economic Systems
  • Globalization

Module #2

The Constitution

  • Limiting Government
  • Independence and the Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Ratification of the Constitution
  • The Constitutional Amendments

Module #4

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • The 14th Amendment and the Expansion of Civil Rights
  • Traditional Civil Rights
  • Civil Rights in the New World

Module #6

Public Policy

  • Political Parties
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Special Interest Groups
  • The Media and Politics
  • The Internet and Politics

Module #6

Public Policy

  • Political Parties
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Special Interest Groups
  • The Media and Politics
  • The Internet and Politics

Module #8

The Expansion of Power

  • Becoming President
  • The Job of a U.S. President
  • The Evolution of the Presidency
  • Presidential Character
  • All the President’s Men and Women

Module #10

The Judiciary

  • Creation of the Federal Courts
  • Structure of the Federal Courts
  • The Supreme Court
  • Judges and Justices
  • Power of the Federal Courts

Module #12

Governments, Taxation, and Education

  • State and Local Governments
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Funding Education

Evaluate and apply the foundations of the American government to everyday life and scenarios, including interpretations of the Constitution and civil liberties/rights.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate and explain the structure of American politics, including public policy and the role of state and local governments.

Bloom’s level 5

Explain and compare the three branches of the American government and how they interact in the development, enforcement, and interpretation of legislation.

Bloom’s level 4

Analyze and compare international and national policy as well as the different types of government and economic systems around the globe.

Bloom’s level 5

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

What is Government?

  • Theories, States, and Characteristics of Governments
  • Purpose and Process of Government
  • Foundational Democratic Principle
  • U.S. Democratic Values

Module #3

Federalism and Constitutional Interpretation

  • The Founders and Federalism
  • Creating Federalism
  • Constitution Interpretation

Module #5

American Politics

  • Political Ideologies and Political Culture
  • Political Socialization and the Creation of Political Beliefs
  • Measuring Public Opinion
  • Involvement in Government
  • Voting

Module #7

Congress

  • Changes in Congressional Power
  • Congressional Leadership
  • Congressional Representation
  • Congressional Committees
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law

Module #9

The Bureaucracy

  • The Evolution and Expansion of the Bureaucracy
  • The Organization of the Bureaucracy
  • The Models of Bureaucracy and Bureaucrats
  • Reforming the Bureaucracy

Module #11

Policy: National and International

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Foreign and Defense Policies
  • Economic Policy
  • Public Policy

Module #13

Comparative Political and Economic Systems

  • Comparative Government
  • Comparing Economic Systems
  • Globalization

Module #2

The Constitution

  • Limiting Government
  • Independence and the Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Ratification of the Constitution
  • The Constitutional Amendments

Module #4

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • The 14th Amendment and the Expansion of Civil Rights
  • Traditional Civil Rights
  • Civil Rights in the New World

Module #6

Public Policy

  • Political Parties
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Special Interest Groups
  • The Media and Politics
  • The Internet and Politics

Module #8

The Expansion of Power

  • Becoming President
  • The Job of a U.S. President
  • The Evolution of the Presidency
  • Presidential Character
  • All the President’s Men and Women

Module #10

The Judiciary

  • Creation of the Federal Courts
  • Structure of the Federal Courts
  • The Supreme Court
  • Judges and Justices
  • Power of the Federal Courts

Module #12

Governments, Taxation, and Education

  • State and Local Governments
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Funding Education

Outcomes/Objectives

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Evaluate and apply the foundations of the American government to everyday life and scenarios, including interpretations of the Constitution and civil liberties/rights.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate and explain the structure of American politics, including public policy and the role of state and local governments.

Bloom’s level 5

Explain and compare the three branches of the American government and how they interact in the development, enforcement, and interpretation of legislation.

Bloom’s level 4

Analyze and compare international and national policy as well as the different types of government and economic systems around the globe.

Bloom’s level 5

Outcomes/Objectives

Click on each tab to view its contents.

Evaluate and apply the foundations of the American government to everyday life and scenarios, including interpretations of the Constitution and civil liberties/rights.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate and explain the structure of American politics, including public policy and the role of state and local governments.

Bloom’s level 5

Explain and compare the three branches of the American government and how they interact in the development, enforcement, and interpretation of legislation.

Bloom’s level 4

Analyze and compare international and national policy as well as the different types of government and economic systems around the globe.

Bloom’s level 5

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

What is Government?

  • Theories, States, and Characteristics of Governments
  • Purpose and Process of Government
  • Foundational Democratic Principle
  • U.S. Democratic Values

Module #2

The Constitution

  • Limiting Government
  • Independence and the Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Ratification of the Constitution
  • The Constitutional Amendments

Module #3

Federalism and Constitutional Interpretation

  • The Founders and Federalism
  • Creating Federalism
  • Constitution Interpretation

Module #4

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • The 14th Amendment and the Expansion of Civil Rights
  • Traditional Civil Rights
  • Civil Rights in the New World

Module #5

American Politics

  • Political Ideologies and Political Culture
  • Political Socialization and the Creation of Political Beliefs
  • Measuring Public Opinion
  • Involvement in Government
  • Voting

Module #6

Public Policy

  • Political Parties
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Special Interest Groups
  • The Media and Politics
  • The Internet and Politics

Module #7

Congress

  • Changes in Congressional Power
  • Congressional Leadership
  • Congressional Representation
  • Congressional Committees
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law

Module #8

The Expansion of Power

  • Becoming President
  • The Job of a U.S. President
  • The Evolution of the Presidency
  • Presidential Character
  • All the President’s Men and Women

Module #9

The Bureaucracy

  • The Evolution and Expansion of the Bureaucracy
  • The Organization of the Bureaucracy
  • The Models of Bureaucracy and Bureaucrats
  • Reforming the Bureaucracy

Module #10

The Judiciary

  • Creation of the Federal Courts
  • Structure of the Federal Courts
  • The Supreme Court
  • Judges and Justices
  • Power of the Federal Courts

Module #11

Policy: National and International

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Foreign and Defense Policies
  • Economic Policy
  • Public Policy

Module #12

Governments, Taxation, and Education

  • State and Local Governments
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Funding Education

Module #13

Comparative Political and Economic Systems

  • Comparative Government
  • Comparing Economic Systems
  • Globalization

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