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).
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
- The political philosophies of the framers of the U.S. Constitution and critics of the Constitution.
- The process of amending and interpreting the U.S. Constitution and California constitution.
- The theory and practice of federalism.
- Contemporary operations of United States political institutions and processes, including the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government and nongovernmental institutions.
- The rights and liberties of individuals as articulated in the U.S. Constitution and federal court decisions.
- Contemporary operations of California state and local political institutions within the framework of federal-state relations.
- Individual and group political behavior of Americans and Californians within the frameworks established by the U.S. Constitution and California constitution, such as elections, interest groups, political parties, and the media.
- Factors that shape politics and policymaking including diversity, political culture, political socialization, political ideologies and public opinion.
- Domestic, economic, and foreign issues and policies.
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.