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Course SummaryRefresh your understanding of political science and earn an Introduction to Political Science Certificate in just a few weeks with this fun course. You'll earn a certificate you can use to boost your resume in just a few weeks by watching our video lessons and taking the multiple-choice quizzes.
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About This Course
Acquire essential knowledge in political science by spending a couple weeks watching fun and fast video lessons and you can earn an Introduction to Political Science Certificate. Key political science concepts unfold before your eyes with the dynamic animations and on-screen graphics used in these video lessons. Differentiate between direct and indirect elections and uncover the powers held by Congress and the President.
Who's This For?
Anyone who wants to explore the major tenets of the political system or acquire basic knowledge preceding an election will find this course useful. Teachers, bloggers, campaign workers, parents, consultants and others interested in politics and government issues can take this course.
There are no prerequisites for this introductory course.
Benefits of the Certificate
Earning an Introduction to Political Science Certificate could prove useful in personal and professional arenas. Adding this certificate to your resume or online profile can help you:
- Showcase your proficiency in political science topics to current and future employers
- Make informed decisions in local, state and national elections
- Demonstrate to employers your desire to continue your education and explore new topics
- Enhance your social interactions and conversations with co-workers and peers
- Choose an appropriate political group for your volunteer activities
- Meet continuing education requirements
Introduction to Political Science Program Breakdown
Basic Terms and Concepts of Political Science
Start this course with an overview of key political science concepts, including political power, representation, citizenship, political justice and political socialization.
This chapter explores the origin of civil liberties in the U.S. as well as freedom of speech and religion, the right to privacy and to bear arms and the role of the courts in determining civil liberties.
You'll learn about the history of civil rights in this chapter and examine civil rights issues for women, Americans with disabilities and minorities.
Political Ideologies and Philosophy
Discuss different political ideologies in this chapter, including liberalism, conservatism, libertarianism, communism, feminism, fascism and anarchism.
Forms of Government
This chapter outlines the role and functions of the government and democracy and provides an overview of different types of constitutional government.
Explore the connection between representation and the electoral system in this chapter and then differentiate between plurality and majority-based elections and direct and indirect elections.
Types of Legislatures in Government
In this chapter, learn about the powers and functions of legislatures and see examples of different forms of legislatures.
Presidential Elections & Powers
Find out about the presidential nomination and election process and factors that influence voters. Learn how the President staffs his or her office and discuss the President's powers.
The Congress: Powers & Elections
Trace the evolution of Congress in this chapter then discuss the nomination process and differences between presidential and congressional elections.
The Federal Judicial System
This chapter identifies the structure of the state and federal court system. You'll see the steps involved in judicial decision making and the process for selecting Supreme Court Justices and federal judges.
The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States
Learn about the bureaucracy's primary role and its associated problems. Describe the function of the Cabinet and examine institutions that hold the bureaucracy accountable.
The History & Role of Political Parties
This chapter outlines the history of political parties in the U.S. before and after the Civil War. You'll explore two-party and multi-party systems, minor parties and party structures.
Interest Groups in Politics
Learn about public and private interest groups in this chapter. Find out how these groups are formed and maintained and assess their influence on government and public policy.
Mass Media and Politics
In this chapter, you'll get an in-depth look at old and new media, media bias and rules governing the media. Discuss the ways that the media influences political attitudes and its role in elections.
Political Culture, Public Opinion & Civic Behavior
Describe American's views on the political system and find out how public opinion is measured. List factors that influence voter turnout and discuss types of political change.
This chapter teaches you the differences between criminal and civil law and describes code, constitutional, statutory, administrative and regulatory laws.
Public and Social Policy
Trace the steps in the policy-making process and learn about categories of public policy, social insurance programs and public assistance programs.
Fiscal Policy in Government & the Economy
Learn the difference between market and state-controlled economies in this chapter then examine fiscal and monetary policies, regulatory policies and the Federal Reserve System.
Foreign Policy, Defense Policy & Government
This chapter introduces you to different foreign policy tools and the processes for developing policy. You'll find out how the military is utilized and examine the economics of national security policies.
Concepts of International Relations
Discover how globalization and sovereignty affect politics in this chapter, then study imperialism, human rights treaties, balkanization and nationalism.
Theories of International Relations
Discuss political realism and idealism and identify strengths and weaknesses of common international relations theories, such as rational theory, regime theory and Marxist theory.
International Actors in Political Science
In this chapter, you'll study the roles of non-governmental organizations, multi-national corporations, terrorist and criminal organizations in international relations. You'll also look at a variety of international organizations, such as the United Nations, NATO and OPEC.
International Law in Politics
Understand international business treaties, conventions and protocols after viewing the lessons in this chapter. Learn about the sovereign immunity act and waivers.
Global Issues and Politics
This chapter teaches you about global health and environmental issues, viewpoints on global sustainability, population issues and global threats to human security.
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