Introduction to American Politics

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PSCI 130 920
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This course introduces students to the institutions, processes, and controversies of American politics. The course poses a few questions. What are the historical and philosophical foundations of the American republic? How do modern political institutions compare to these principles? Can America’s eighteenth-century Constitution address modern debates over gun control, same sex marriage, abortion, affirmative action, and economic regulation? Should America’s constitutional system be revised, and if so, how? How does American public policy get made, who makes it, and who benefits? What can we expect from the Trump presidency? And more broadly, what is politics and why study it? If you are interested in these questions, are considering a political science major or law school, hope to fill you Sector IV: Humanities and Social Science requirement, or want to get better acquainted with American politics, this course will fit your interests.

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