About POLS 021 ZRC

Institutions, processes, and problems of American government.


CDE students only even after level restrictions are removed; Degree students enroll in POLS 021 C

Section Description

This course will provide you with a basic, working knowledge of the American political system. We will examine a range of subjects falling under four major headings: the nature of (American) democracy, the constitutional foundations of our national government, the mechanisms that connect citizens to the government, and the specific functions of legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Throughout the semester we will focus on four related questions: (1) how does the American political system work? (2) why does it work this way? (3) how democratic is it? (4) what are the rights, responsibilities, and roles of citizens in the American political system?

Section Expectation

This course uses a lecture-based format with plenty of time for discussion and interactive learning. You should expect to spend 5-6 hours a week on course work in addition to the time you spend in class. I expect you to complete the assigned readings, videos, simulations, etc. for each class prior to the start of class itself. You should expect to take many Blackboard quizzes during the semester, some designed to help you learn the course material better and others designed to assess how well you understand material that we’ve already covered.


The semester grade will be based on three exams (two midterms and a final), multiple Blackboard quizzes, and student participation and performance in class.

Course Dates



Lafayette Hall L207 (View Campus Map)


to on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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