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POL 101 Introduction to US Politics and Government

This course introduces students to the structure of American government, the core ideas and values that underlie it, and approaches to effective civic engagement. Through reading, class exercises, and case studies students gain an understanding of how American political institutions function and how to engage in meaningful political action.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes

General

  • Can compare and contrast various perspectives on civil rights and liberties, the role of government, social and individual rights.
  • Can critically reflect on one's own values as a citizen and participant in public life.
  • Understands the constitutional foundations and basic structure of American government.
  • Understands the processes of American democracy: elections, political parties, interest groups and civic organizations.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

  • Examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
  • Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
  • Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  • Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
  • Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Introduction to US Politics and Government Filner, Matthew Books for POL-101-01 Spring 2024 Course details for POL-101-01 Spring 2024
50 Introduction to US Politics and Government Alin, Erika Gerd Books for POL-101-50 Spring 2024 Course details for POL-101-50 Spring 2024
51 Introduction to US Politics and Government Schuster, Matthew J Books for POL-101-51 Spring 2024 Course details for POL-101-51 Spring 2024

Summer 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Introduction to US Politics and Government Filner, Matthew Books for POL-101-50 Summer 2024 Course details for POL-101-50 Summer 2024

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Introduction to US Politics and Government Staff, Staff Books for POL-101-01 Fall 2024 Course details for POL-101-01 Fall 2024
50 Introduction to US Politics and Government Staff, Staff Books for POL-101-50 Fall 2024 Course details for POL-101-50 Fall 2024
51 Introduction to US Politics and Government Staff, Staff Books for POL-101-51 Fall 2024 Course details for POL-101-51 Fall 2024