The primary objective of this required one-semester course is to prepare the student for decision-making within the framework of the American political system. The course begins with an overview of basic concepts found in all political systems, the philosophical background which led to our constitutional development, and the basic concepts found in the Constitution. Then the course moves on federalism and the 3 branches (executive, legislative, and judicial) of the federal government.  This will include current events and issues of interest, such as foreign affairs, current court cases, proposed legislation, etc... In addition, the students study the fields of civil rights and liberties, political parties and suffrage, and state and local governments.  

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