POLI112 American Political Issues
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Political Science
Course Number and TitlePOLI112 American Political Issues
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionAn analysis of government policies, examining various approaches to welfare, the economy, urban affairs, race relations, national defense, and foreign policy.
Required Course Content and Direction
- To develop an ability to read critically about policy problems at the level of educated man.
- To develop an ability to think analytically about policy problems.
- To develop an ability to communicate orally and in writing about policy problems.
- To develop an understanding of the major policy dilemmas of government in the United States.
- To develop an understanding of the analytical techniques used by political scientists in dealing with policy questions
- To develop an appreciation of the complexity of policy questions.
- To develop an appreciation of the importance of an informed, interested citizenry to the satisfactory resolution of policy issues.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- The Policy Process-Federal, State and Local
- Domestic Policy-Historical Overview
- Domestic Policy-Environment
- Domestic Policy-Economic
- Domestic Policy-Welfare
- Domestic Policy-Education
- Foreign Policy-Historical Overview
- Foreign Policy-Europe
- Foreign Policy-Asia
- Foreign Policy-Middle East
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Text and articles selected by individual instructors of each course section. Details are provided to the students by each instructor and included on the instructor’s course format distributed to students.
Teaching Methods EmployedLecture presentation, class discussion, and film
Review/Approval Date - 1/99