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Department of Political Science

PLSC 101: American Politics

PLSC 101: American Politics
Professor Blackmond-Larnell
TTH 10:00am / LSC

In this class, students will be introduced to the structures, functions, and processes of American politics and government. We will examine the philosophical foundations and historical development of American politics, the three branches of government and federal bureaucracy, various political institutions (including political parties, interest groups and media), and American political behavior (public opinion, political participation, political knowledge). More specifically, we will analyze recent trends and explore the causes and consequences of political participation as well as the impact that individuals and groups have on political outcomes in the United States. We will also explore the structural factors (economy, culture, and technology) that influence the American political processes and institutions. In this class, students will develop the ability to think critically about important political debates. We will discuss important economic, social and foreign policy issues that are currently affect our country.  By the end of the course, students should have the skills, knowledge, and motivation necessary to process governmental, political, and policy issues as well as articulate opinions, and be an “active” and engaged citizen. This course is an option in the "Societal and Cultural Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.

PLSC 101: American Politics
Professor Doherty
MWF 11:30am / LSC

This course is designed to familiarize participants with American political system. We will approach this topic with an eye toward understanding the goals American political institutions are intended to achieve. Special attention will be given to how the interests of individual actors – ranging from citizens’ to elected officials – affect how the political system operates and the outcomes it produces. This course is an option in the "Societal and Cultural Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.

PLSC 101: American Politics
Professor Horan
MWF 8:15am / LSC

This course is an option in the "Societal and Cultural Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.

PLSC 101: American Politics
Professor Bryan

MWF 9:20am / LSC

This course provides an overview of the politics of American government. The topics covered are the historical development of American politics, federalism, political participation, institutions, and public opinion. That political actors are strategic in their pursuit of objectives is a theme underlying our examination of these topics. Accordingly, we explore the many ways in which strategic political behavior impacts institutions and the interactions between political actors in the United States.  This course is an option in the "Societal and Cultural Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.

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Department of Political Science
1032 W. Sheridan Road, Coffey Hall, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60660
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