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Course SummaryYou can earn an Introduction to American Government Certificate with this flexible course in just a couple of weeks. This certificate can be used to highlight your experience in this field and boost your resume or online job profile for your current and prospective employers to see.
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About This Course
Enhance your knowledge of American government by watching video lessons for a couple weeks and earn an Introduction to American Government Certificate when you finish this quick and comprehensive course. The video lessons featured in this course offer a fun way to learn about critical American government concepts, such as constitutional democracy, political culture in America, interest groups, federal bureaucracy and more. These engaging lessons introduce you to different forms of democracy and discuss the process of drafting and ratifying the U.S. Constitution. You can easily retain info on key American government processes and theories by utilizing the on-screen graphics and dynamic animations that emphasize important topics.
Who's This For?
Teachers, motivational speakers, bloggers, consultants and anyone interested in understanding fundamental American government concepts can benefit from this course.
Prerequisites aren't needed for this introductory course.
Benefits of the Certificate
Whether you work in a related field, want to find a career in a government industry or just want to improve your personal knowledge, this course can help you. Some ways to use it include the ideas below.
- Showcase your understanding of how the American government system works by adding this certificate to your online profile.
- Try to attract the interest of potential employers by including this certificate on your resume.
- Use it to show current employers your desire to continue your education and enhance your skills.
- Strengthen your personal interest in American politics or improve your social interactions.
- Use it to meet continuing education requirements for an employer.
- Apply the skills you learn in this course to volunteer activities in a political arena.
Introduction to American Government Program Breakdown
Introduction to the Study of American Government
Get started in this course with a look at the role of government and its key functions. Learn about traditional types of government, political rules and principles of democracy.
This chapter introduces you the Articles of Confederation and the process of creating and ratifying the U.S. Constitution. You'll learn about the components of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Federalism in the United States
Examine the evolution of American federalism starting in 1787 through present day in this chapter. You'll understand sovereignty and find out how power is divided between the national and state governments.
American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior
Get definitions for American political culture and frames of reference in this chapter, which teaches you about measurements for public opinion, the five most common beliefs in relation to political systems and factors that influence political participation.
In this chapter, learn about freedom of speech and religion, procedural rights of the accused and the right to privacy. Explore the right to bear arms and the role that courts play in deciding civil liberties.
You'll explore the history of civil rights in this chapter, which describes the significance of Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, as well as civil rights objectives for women. Discuss rights for Americans with disabilities and the 14th Amendment.
Political Parties in the United States Government
This chapter teaches you about the functions and structure of political parties and examines two-party and multi-party systems. You'll learn about the relationship between political parties and interest groups and the role of political parties in the electoral system.
Interest Groups and American Democracy
Explore the history and different types of interest groups in this chapter, which describes how interest groups are maintained and how they influence government. Learn about the pluralist view of interest groups.
The Media and American Democracy
See the history of mass media's development in the U.S. and what role it plays in politics. Explain media influence on political attitudes, the role media plays in elections and rules that govern it.
The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States
Learn about the role and structure of bureaucracy in this chapter, which covers the history of bureaucracy, the relationship between bureaucracy and Congress, and bureaucratic accountability.
The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice
In this chapter, you'll learn about the presidential candidate nomination process, the Electoral College and factors that influence voters. This chapter also covers presidential decision making and powers.
The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation
Find out about the powers held by Congress and learn how a bill becomes a law in this chapter. You'll study congressional districts, candidate nomination process and the differences between presidential and congressional campaigns.
The Federal Judicial System
This chapter teaches you about the state and federal court systems, judicial decision making and constitutional checks and balances. You'll study original and appellate jurisdiction and find out how Supreme Court justices are selected.
Public, Social, and Environmental Policy
Examine the public policy process in this chapter and learn about social insurance and public assistance programs. Find out how the U.S. government protects the environment and discuss political party views on education.
Economic and Fiscal Policy
This chapter covers regulatory policy processes and explains how fiscal and monetary policies are used by the U.S. government. You'll learn about policies that protect the economy and promote economic interests.
Foreign and Defense Policy
Close out this course with a look at the development of foreign and defense policy beginning with the Cold War. You'll learn about powers held by the president and Congress, uses of military power and economics of national security policy.
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