POLS 160 Introduction to American Political Culture • 5 Cr.
Examines the structures and systems of American politics using a multidisciplinary approach. Students analyze the development of political culture and its evolution through time.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Describe the historical evolution of American political culture, including both dominant and non-dominant cultures.
- Articulate the core values of American political culture, such as individualism, liberty, equality of opportunity, legal equality, the rule of law, and multiculturalism.
- Differentiate between empirical and normative claims and critically evaluate the extent to which American ideals match reality.
- Articulate their own political values and biases and understand both how they arrived at them and how they shape their views on different political issues.
- Compare and contrast diverse viewpoints and articulate well-reasoned arguments regarding contemporary political issues.
- Take active roles in supporting political causes they endorse.