U.S. Government - Contemporary Issues
his course begins with a review of American founding documents and principles, and proceeds through the rise of political parties, the defining of citizenship after the Civil War, the development of foreign policies, and the increasing tension between the administrative state and local control. This course is designed to help students prepare for the US Government CLEP test.
Readings will include Supreme Court cases, speeches, and significant position pieces from the 1800s to the present. Our primary text will be A Documentary History of the United States by Hefner and Hefner. Supplementary reading will be provided by the instructor.
Many states require only 1 semester of Economics and 1 semester of U.S. Government for high school. Economic (Principles or Practices) pairs well with this class for a full year of Economics and Government.
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Documentary History of the US
Sources for reading and research include the following:
Harold W. Stanley and Richard G. Niemi, Vital Statistics in American Politics
PEW Research Center
USA Political Database
Vote Smart: Interest Groups
The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University
The Constitutional Accountability Center
The Bill of Rights Institute
Explore Census Data: Census.gov
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