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PSC 105 Introduction to American Politics

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  • Spring 2020
    Mary A. Kroeger
    Spring 2020 — MWF 9:00 - 9:50

    Introduces students to the foundations of American government. Examines important political institutions and the linkage mechanisms that connect institutions, political actors, and ordinary American citizens.

  • Fall 2018
    Mary A. Kroeger
    Fall 2018 — MWF 9:00 - 9:50
    Course Syllabus

    This course will introduce students to the systematic study of American political institutions, processes, and behavior. We will focus on key questions about the political system and how political scientists address these questions. The strategic actions and interactions of various political actors will be examined from a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches. Political polarization, economic inequality, presidential power, the role of the administrative state will be discussed throughout the course.

  • Fall 2017
    Mary A. Kroeger
    Fall 2017 — MWF 9:00 - 9:50
    Course Syllabus

    This course will introduce students to the systematic study of American political institutions, processes, and behavior. We will focus on key questions about the political system and how political scientists address these questions. The strategic actions and interactions of various political actors will be examined from a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches. Political polarization, economic inequality, presidential power, the role of the administrative state will be discussed throughout the course.

  • Summer 2017
    Peter Bils
    Summer 2017 — MTWR 13:00 - 16:00

    What strategic decisions do members of Congress make to achieve their goals? How do political institutions affect policy outcomes? Drawing from political science research, as well as contemporary events, this course will introduce students to the foundations of American government and politics. Students will examine important political institutions and the linkage mechanisms that connect institutions, political actors, and ordinary American citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does.

  • Spring 2017
    Douglas Johnson
    Spring 2017 — MWF 11:50 - 12:40
    Course Syllabus

    How has presidential behavior changed over time? What strategic decisions do members of Congress make to achieve their goals? Why has the American electorate become so polarized? This course introduces students to the foundations of American government. Key concepts at the heart of American politics will be introduced, their evolution over time presented, and their place in contemporary politics discussed. The course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how the American political system works.

  • Fall 2015
    Gerald Gamm
    Fall 2015 — MWF 10:25 - 11:15
    Course Syllabus

    When did some states turn blue--and others red--in presidential elections? What are the origins of the modern Congress, including the filibuster-prone Senate and a House run by its majority party? Why did politicians begin to campaign for the presidency, rather than waiting on their front porches for voters to appear? How did voting rights--and other rights of citizenship--expand, then narrow, then expand again, over time? Drawing broadly on historical as well as contemporary evidence, this course will introduce students to the foundations of American government. We will examine political institutions as well as the linkages that connect institutions, political leaders, and ordinary citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does.

  • Fall 2013
    Gerald Gamm
    Fall 2013 — MWF 11:00 - 11:50
    Course Syllabus

    When did some states turn blue--and others red--in presidential elections? What are the origins of the modern Congress, including the filibuster-prone Senate and a House run by its majority party? Why did politicians begin to campaign for the presidency, rather than waiting on their front porches for voters to appear? How did voting rights--and other rights of citizenship--expand, then narrow, then expand again, over time? Drawing broadly on historical as well as contemporary evidence, this course will introduce students to the foundations of American government. We will examine political institutions as well as the linkages that connect institutions, political leaders, and ordinary citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does.

  • Spring 2012
    Spring 2012 — MWF 13:00 - 13:50

    This course will introduce students to the foundations of American government. Students will examine important political institutions and the linkage mechanisms that connect institutions, political actors, and ordinary American citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does. Students will be graded on two midterms, a final exam, and short writing assignments.

  • Spring 2011
    Spring 2011 — MWF 11:00 - 11:50
    Course Syllabus

    This course will introduce students to the foundations of American government. Students will examine important political institutions and the linkage mechanisms that connect institutions, political actors, and ordinary American citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does. Students will be graded on two midterms, a final exam, and short writing assignments.

  • Fall 2009
    Fall 2009 — MWF 11:00 - 11:50
    Course Syllabus

    This course will introduce students to the foundations of American government. Students will examine important political institutions and the linkage mechanisms that connect institutions, political actors, and ordinary American citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does. Students will be graded on two midterms, a final exam, and short writing assignments.