American National Experience
DCC GOV 121
Office: 845-897-6700 ext. 30062
Course Description – Govt 121 American National Experience is a course dealing with the philosophy, structure, functions and processes of our national government. Topics include the methods of political and historical analysis, the machinery of government, the political process and political behavior. Historical events and personalities in American politics will be used to illustrate the issues and processes of American government. The course will fulfill the History, Government, Economics requirement for Liberal Arts and Humanities majors and may be designated as either a GOV or a HIS course depending on the needs of the student for transfer.
- The role of political culture, values, and the very diverse social environment of politics in the
United States in the development of social and foreign policy.
- The Constitution as the foundation of our political structure and how it has developed to the
- Federalism as an aspect of the constitutional political structure and its historical development.
New York State and Local Government of the present day.
- Public opinion and mass media as linked institutions.
- Interest groups and linkage institutions.
- The historical development of American political parties and their role as linkage institutions.
- The role of money, media, parties, and interest groups in campaigns and elections.
- Congress as a political institution and its effectiveness in representing the public interest.
- The role of the President in American politics and the development of the presidency as a
- The presidency and the bureaucracy-how the executive branch functions.
- The role of the Supreme Court as a political institution and the role of the Federal court system.
- The role of our political institutions and our linkage institutions in the development of our civil
- The development of our civil liberties.
Chapter 2 The Ideas that Shape America
Chapter 3 The Constitution
Chapter 4 Federalism and Nationalism
Chapter 5 Civil Liberties
Chapter 13 Congress
Chapter 14 The Presidency
Chapter 15 Bureaucracy
Chapter 16 The Judicial Branch
III. Political Behavior
Chapter 7 Public Opinion
Chapter 8 Political Participation
Chapter 9 Media, Technology, and Government
Chapter 10 Campaigns and Elections
Chapter 11 Political Parties
Chapter 12 Interest Groups
Chapter 17 Public Policymaking and Budgeting
Chapter 18 Foreign Policy
There will be frequent homework assignments that will be written responses to question prompts from the textbook.
-legislative bill project
-Policy Position Paper
James A. Monrone and Rogan Kersh, By The People: Debating American Government, 4th edition
NewYork/Oxford: Oxford University Press
DCC Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)
- Written Communication: Students will produce writing that is well organized, well developed, and clear.
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning: Students will formulate or evaluate arguments, problems or opinions and arrive at a solution, position or hypothesis based on carefully considered evidence.
Class Participation 10%
DCC Grading Scale
Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and subject to the WCSD and Dutchess Community College Code of Conduct.
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All academic accommodations will be honored in this class.