KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The City University of New York
Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science
2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235
American Government and Politics: POL 5100.22 (Fall 2014)
Instructor: Jonathan Simons Phone 718.368.5972
Office Hours: By Appointment Office Telephone: 718.368.5417
Email Jonathan.Simons@kbcc.cuny.edu Office M/335
American Government and Politics- 3 credits
This course is designed to introduce the student to the system of politics and government in the United States.
The objective of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the theory and actual practice of democratic government with the understanding that our system of government cannot function unless citizens clearly understand how it functions and how one can participate in it. Beginning with a long-range historical view, contemporary issues will be examined from a variety of perspectives. The many social, cultural, legal, political, economic and technological changes that influence a free, democratic and capitalistic society will be explored. The expected result is a more informed and educated individual prepared to make a more meaningful contribution to the American system of government.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will have a fundamental knowledge of the following topics and will be able to:
1. Discuss the process by which government officials are chosen to make decisions about public policy.
2. Identify the vital elements for maintaining a strong democracy.
3. Discuss the foundations of early American democracy and early colonization.
4. Describe the significance of the U.S. Constitution and become...