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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions
Course SummaryLearn more about civil liberties, the balance of power and more by taking our informative Intro to Government course. You can use the short video and text lessons and multiple-choice quizzes provided here to get caught up in class, study for a test or just to learn something new.
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Learn the basics with an introduction to the study of government before exploring further details about federalism and the different political parties through Government 101: Intro to Government. Instructors specializing in the study of government have prepared concise, informative video lessons, paired with short quizzes, so that you can master all the aspects of governmental studies.
|Introduction to the Study of American Government||Get an overview of the functions of government. Study the principles of the American founding and meet some influential political thinkers.|
|Constitutional Democracy||Review the timeline leading up to the creation of the Constitution including earlier attempts like the Articles of Confederation and the details of the Constitutional Convention.|
|Federalism in the United States||Explore federalism through its evolution in America. Learn about the principles of sovereignty and division of powers.|
|American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior||Investigate ideas like American culture, public opinion and political socialization. Learn about the voting process and the importance of voter turnout in elections.|
|Civil Liberties||Take a look at various civil liberties, their definitions and significance in the scope of the power of the American government.|
|Civil Rights||Explore the origin of civil rights. Learn about impactful court cases and resounding leaders who fought to secure those rights.|
|Political Parties in the United States Government||Dive into the tumultuous history of the different political parties that have existed throughout the history of the United States. Recognize the distinction between two-party and multi-party systems and the relationship that political parties have with interest groups.|
|Interest Groups and American Democracy||Examine the details and history of interest groups. Learn about their influence throughout the political process.|
|The Media and American Democracy||Find out about the development of mass media and its role in government.|
|The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States||Take a look at governmental bureaucracy. Discuss the role and problems of bureaucracy and its history in government.|
|The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice||Get the details on the election of an American president. Learn about the job that a president has once elected.|
|The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation||Examine the congress of the United States. Study the election process, the role of Congress and the job duties of legislators.|
|The Federal Judicial System||Find out about the structure of the federal court system. Get to know the responsibilities of sitting judges, checks and balances, and jurisdiction.|
|Public, Social, and Environmental Policy||Discover the public policy process. Evaluate different perspectives on certain issues and types of government programs.|
|Economic and Fiscal Policy||Learn about fiscal and monetary policy. Take a look at the relationship between the government and the economy.|
|Foreign and Defense Policy||Explore a history of American foreign policy and the role of the different branches of government. Examine the methods and ideals behind national defense.|
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