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Introduction to American Government and Politics

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to American Government and Politics (common course-id POLS 110), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: POLS 110

General Course Description: POLS 110

An introduction to United States and California government and politics, including their constitutions, political institutions and processes, and political actors.  Examination of political behavior, political issues, and public policy.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the founding and development of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Identify and evaluate institutions and political processes within the United States and California.
  • Discuss and analyze contemporary political issues and operations in the United States and California.
  • Explain the civil liberties and civil rights of individuals as articulated in the U.S. Constitution and federal court decisions.
  • Analyze the role of culture, diversity and ideology in shaping public opinion and public policy in the United States and California.
  • Analyze how to effectively participate in politics at the national, state, county and/or city levels.


May include as appropriate: 

  • In-class or take-home examinations
  • Research papers or projects
  • Written assignments
  • Analytical papers
  • Simulations
  • Oral presentations
  • Participation in class discussions and debates

Other Information


Course Resources

  • American Government
    American Government (Open (Access) Textbook)
    From Florida Atlantic University Department of Political Science comes an exciting new book that explores the role of... More
  • POLS 202 – American Government
    This course covers American Government: the Constitution, the branches of government (Presidency, Congress, Judiciary)... More