American Federal Government

Course Code: POS2041

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: 2022-23


Course Description:
A study of our Federal Government designed to give the student an understanding of its organization, principles and the way it works. The relationship of the individual to government is emphasized. POS 2112 is recommended for subsequent study. This course meets civic literacy requirement.

Course Details


POS 2112 is recommended for subsequent study.


Gabriel Landry, M.S.

Virginia Hicks, J.D.



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Wilson, James Q., John J. Dilulio, Jr., Meena Bose, and Matthew Levendusky. American Government: Institutions and Policies – W/Mindtap Access (looseleaf). 17th ed., Cengage Learning, 2022. ISBN: 9780357303870 (looseLeaf).


Assignment/course outline:

See instructor's first-day handout


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Examine the United States Constitution and its application, popular consent, separation of powers and federalism.
  • Examine the role of public opinion and political parties in American elections and campaigns.
  • Examine the different institutions of United States government and the interdependence of each relationship.
  • Analyze the procedures and techniques used by various officials in the performance of their duties, and the various forms of policy making and strategies.
  • Describe the basic principles and practices of American democracy and their application to our government.
  • Describe landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation, and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.

SS-1, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2

Tests, Writing Assignments, Discussion Board, Research Papers



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read and study all assigned material, including text and articles in preparation for test.
  • Attend all lectures and participate in discussion.
  • Follow instructions, identify and explain concepts in writing assignments and research papers.
  • Turn in all writing assignments and research papers.
  • Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions. (Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.)





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