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- Available Lessons: 128
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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryPolitical Science 102: American Government has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. Work through the course at your own pace to learn from expert instructors. The course is a great option for students who want to get a head start on their degrees.
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The course objective is to review the components of American government and political systems, including the Constitution, federalism, the Bill of Rights and the voting process.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Distinguish between different forms of democracy and the philosophical foundations of American government by examining the spread of democratic ideals and the components of the Constitution
- Explain the evolution of American federalism, the division of power between state and federal governments, and the debate over sovereignty
- Compare and contrast the history, function and types of political parties alongside their influences on the political process, American political culture, examples of political socialization, and the influence of public opinion on elected officials and weigh factors influencing voter turnout
- Examine the origin of civil liberties and rights, equal protection, freedom of speech, religion, and privacy, the history of the civil rights movement, and civil rights issues with other marginalized groups
- Analyze the historical development of the mass media and its influence, while examining the sources through which Americans get their news
- Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of federal bureaucracy, the problems associated with it, functions of the cabinet and independent regulatory agencies and explore how bureaucracy is held accountable through the courts, Congress, and the presidency
- Review contemporary nomination processes, the differences between primary and general elections, sources of campaign funds, the role of the electoral college, factors influencing voters' decisions and follow the evolution of contemporary presidential elections
- Identify the differences between a congress and a parliament, how a bill becomes law, the reapportionment and redistricting processes, advantage of incumbency in elections and compare the demographics of members of Congress with the populations they represent
- Summarize the structure of the federal court system, steps in the judicial decision-making process.
- Categorize major factors regarding public, social, and environmental policy, economic and fiscal policy, foreign and defense policy formation and implementation and interest group's influence, regulation and strategies
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Political Science 102 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. NCCRS has also evaluated and recommended the course for 3 semester hours in the associate/certificate category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Political Science 102 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Political Science 102 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
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|Introduction to the Study of American Government||Distinguish between the different forms of democracy and study philosophical foundations of American government. Explore the rules of American politics and the distribution of political power.|
|Constitutional Democracy||Follow the spread of democratic ideals that led to the American Revolution. Examine the components of the U.S. Constitution and look into the amendment process.|
|Federalism in the United States||Peruse such topics as the evolution of American federalism and the debate over sovereignty. Investigate federalism's competing values alongside the roles of state and local governments.|
|Interest Groups and American Democracy||Explore the history and development of interest groups. Identify the strategies they use to influence public policy. Scrutinize the government's attempts to regulate them and consider the pluralist view of interest groups.|
|The Media and American Democracy||Follow the historical development of mass media and examine the types of old and new media sources. Investigate the influence of media on public opinion and political attitudes. Observe types of media bias, assess media election coverage and take a look at rules governing media sources.|
|The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States||Study the structure of federal bureaucracy and the problems associated with it. Discover functions of the cabinet and independent regulatory agencies. Explore how bureaucracy is held accountable through the courts, Congress, and the presidency.|
|American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior||Explore American political culture and consider examples of political socialization. Scrutinize the influence of public opinion on elected officials and weigh factors influencing voter turnout. Discover alternative forms of political participation.|
|Civil Liberties||Research the origin of civil liberties, such as the freedom of speech, religion and privacy. Investigate the procedural rights of the accused and the pros and cons of the right to bear arms. Recognize the role of the courts in determining individuals' civil liberties.|
|Civil Rights||Review the concept of equal protection as outlined by the 14th Amendment. Learn about the birth of the civil rights movement and study the significance of the ruling on Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Survey civil rights issues for gays and lesbians, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and African Americans as well as women and individuals with disabilities.|
|Political Parties in the United States Government||Consider the history, function and structure of political parties. Identify their role in the electoral system. Contrast two-party and multi-party systems and study the current state of political parties. Evaluate their relationships with interest groups.|
|The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice||Review contemporary nomination processes and the differences between primary and general elections. Track down sources of campaign funds and consider the role of the electoral college. Weigh factors influencing voters' decisions and follow the evolution of contemporary presidential elections. Explore presidential powers and influences on presidential decision making.|
|The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation||Identify the differences between congress and parliament. Study the evolution of Congress's structure and power. Find out how a bill becomes law and explore the reapportionment and redistricting processes. Examine factors affecting congressional elections and compare the demographics of members of Congress with the populations they represent.|
|The Federal Judicial System||Study the structure of the federal court system. Follow steps in the judicial decision-making process. Examine checks and balances on Supreme Court power and differentiate between appellate and original jurisdiction. Investigate the processes involved in selecting Supreme Court and federal judges. Learn how federal courts differ from state courts and study interest groups' attempts to influence public policy through litigation.|
|Economic and Fiscal Policy||Deliberate on regulatory policies designed to protect the economy. Recognize the relationship between the business cycle and economic growth. Identify steps taken by the government to promote economic interests. Analyze various fiscal and monetary policies.|
|Public, Social, and Environmental Policy||Research steps in public policy formation and implementation. Survey types of public policy and trace the development of social insurance, public assistance and environmental programs. Compare democratic and republican views on education policy.|
|Foreign and Defense Policy||Study the history of foreign policy from the Cold War to present day. Examine the roles of Congress, the president and interest groups in developing this policy. Consider the conflicts between the country's philosophical ideals and the need to protect its interests. Examine the uses and capabilities of U.S. military power.|
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