The student will evaluate and critically analyze the following areas of American Government: first, the origins, principles and interpretation of the American Constitution including the tensions between federalism and nationalism; secondly, politics and the people: public opinion, political parties, elections and interest groups; thirdly, the Institutions of government which include the presidency, congress, judiciary and federal bureaucracy; fourthly, issues in public policy including social issues such as crime, energy, obscenity, and affirmative action.
Although the course activities of a TeleWeb course are conducted online, much of the course material is presented through pre-produced telecourse videos. Students will be required to view these videos. Videos are available on HCC TV cablecast or Maryland Public Television broadcast. The course videos are available via video streaming from the HCC library homepage or the American Federal Government course homepage. These can sometimes be difficult to view depending on the computer equipment used. Videos can be rented for the semester from ACT/RMI Media: 800-745-5480, http://www.rmimedia.com. The HCC library has two sets of the course videos. One set is for viewing in the library and the other set can be checked out one video at a time for a 24-hour period.
Once you have completed this course you will be able to:
Major Course Topics
This course has a Mandatory face-to-face orientation. Check the list of scheduled orientations for the date, time, and location.
Textbook information: To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit www.howardccbooks.com and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.
Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:
The following plug-ins are required for this course:
For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has a proctored midterm and a final exam at the HCC Test Center for students in the local region or at a regional institution for remote students. The exam will have a flexible window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.
If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Distance and Alternative Learning.
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