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American Government Course Outline

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American Government is founded on the principle that students need to gain a basic civic understanding to be effective American citizens. Therefore, this course outline focuses on the major topics that can give students this basic understanding.
  • Principles and Origins of American Government
  • The Constitution
  • Political Parties
  • Voters and Voter Behavior
  • Elections
  • Public Opinion and the Mass Media
  • Interest Groups
  • The Legislative Branch
    • House of Representatives
    • Senate
    • Congressional Powers
    • Congressional Organization
    • How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • The Executive Branch
    • The Presidency
    • Presidential Powers
    • The Bureaucracy
  • The Judicial Branch
  • Civil Liberties
    • First Amendment Rights
    • Protecting Freedoms
  • Civil Rights
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