POLI112 American Political Issues
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Political Science
- I. Course Number and Title
- POLI112 American Political Issues
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
- 2250 minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- An analysis of government policies, examining various approaches to welfare, the economy, urban affairs, race relations, national defense, and foreign policy.
- VII. 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.
- VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
- Lecture presentation, class discussion, and film
Review/Approval Date - 1/99