American Federal Government

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 002, 700


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.

Emily Clark, M.S.


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
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of 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 the role of each and the interdependence of each institution of government and why this relationship developed.
  • Analyze the procedures and techniques used by various officials in the performance of their duties, and the various forms of policy making and strategies.
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government.
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of 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-4

SS-1 - SS-4

SS-1 - SS-4

SS-1 - SS-4

SS-1, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2

Tests, Writing Assignments, Discussion Board, Research Papers



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Students will read all assigned materials.

Students will attend and participate in class discussions.

Students will complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.

Faculty will:

  • Prepare well-organized and present appropriate lectures.
  • Generate and lead all classroom discussions.
  • Create and disseminate first day handouts.
  • Select all audio-visual materials to augment subject matter.
  • Prepare examinations to assess students grasp of subject matter.

Faculty will allow for office appointments discuss progress, as needed.

Faculty will advise students tutoring will be available through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Lab).

On occasion exponential learning will be made available by visiting available as an ancillary pedagogy.


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