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Understanding the US Government

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Overview

Better understand the inner workings of US political institutions in this gripping course taught by a celebrated political scientist, and gain eye-opening insights into America’s democratic system.

Topics Covered:
  • By This Professor
  • 01: Why Have Government?
  • 02: The Framework of US Federalism
  • 03: Civil Liberties: Freedoms from Government
  • 04: Civil Rights: Fairness under Government
  • 05: How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • 06: Why Congress Is Such a Puzzle
  • 07: How Congressional Elections Work
  • 08: The Powers of the Presidency
  • 09: How Presidential Elections Work
  • 10: A Road Map of the Federal Bureaucracy
  • 11: How the Judicial Branch Works
  • 12: Where the Supreme Court Meets Politics
  • 13: The Challenges of Polling Public Opinion
  • 14: How Political Parties Organize Democracy
  • 15: How Americans Became So Polarized
  • 16: The Fundamentals of Elections and Voting
  • 17: How Does American Democracy Work?
  • 18: The Ins and Outs of Campaign Finance
  • 19: The Pros and Cons of Organized Interests
  • 20: Politics and the Media
  • 21: How Government Affects the Economy
  • 22: How the US Social Safety Net Works
  • 23: The Major Shifts in American Foreign Policy

Taught by

Jennifer Nicoll Victor, PhD

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