POLS 101 American Government: Democratic Participation and Civic Engagement
Examines principles and problems of American political institutions, including the role of government and politics in society, the balancing of liberty with authority, and the theories of the state. Probes mechanisms of citizen empowerment and control (public opinion, pressure groups, political parties, elections), and formal structure. Public policy as a means to meet societal needs is analyzed and evaluated along with the tools that citizens can use to influence the public policy process. Also examines foreign and domestic public policy and contemporary events. Includes how to write effective arguments as well as how to formally present political arguments.