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2017-2018 Catalog Year
PSC-103: Principles of American Constitutional Government

General Information

  • Name: Principles of American Constitutional Government
  • Discipline: Political Science
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Studies constitutions of U.S. and Nevada with specific attention to various principles and current problems of government. Satisfies United States and Nevada Constitution requirements.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of key concepts, principles, themes, and major content areas needed to explain and solve problems associated with American constitutional government. (Working Knowledge, GE 1)
  • Write effective projects, papers, and reports. (Written Communication, ISLO 2)
  • Locate, evaluate, and appropriately use information from multiple resources to complete projects, activities, and papers. (Information Literacy, GE 4 and ISLO 4)

III. Topic

Foundation of Government.

  1. American Government: Roots, Context, and Culture.
  2. The United States and Nevada Constitution.
  3. The Federal System.
  4. Civil Liberties.
  5. Civil Rights.

Institutions of Government.

  1. Congress.
  2. Presidency.
  3. The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy.
  4. The Judiciary.

Political Behavior.

  1. Public Opinion and Political Socialization.
  2. Political Parties.
  3. Elections and Voting.
  4. The Campaign Process.
  5. The News Media.
  6. Interest Groups.

Public Policy.

  1. Domestic Policy.
  2. Economic Policy.
  3. Foreign and Defense Policy.

Scheduled PSC-103 classes:

Fall 2017