POL 110 U.S. Government Week 11 Discussion 1

“Self-review of Course” Please respond to the following:

  • Near the beginning of this Course Guide, you will find 15 course outcomes. Based on these outcomes, address the following:
    • Select at least one outcome that was well accomplished from your point of view and explain why.
    • Select at least one outcome that was not well accomplished and that you believe needed further coverage.
  • Provide at least one enlightening experience you had in this course. For example, what fact or concept was new, surprising, or very interesting and you would not have known if you had not taken the course. Explain why this is valuable to you.


1.  Identify informed opinions on issues and questions involving the U.S. government, national political processes, policy making, and the notion of democracy.

2.  Employ terminology used to study political science and American government.

3.  Distinguish between civil rights and civil liberties in the context of Supreme Court protection of freedom of expression.

4.  Explain why the separation of powers and federalism became key parts of the Constitution even though they made the system less democratic and less efficient.

5.  Develop reasoned written and spoken presentations on issues and questions involving the U.S. government and national political processes using information in the course.

6.  Infer a theory why the U.S. has only two major political parties.

7.  Explain why interest groups play such an important role in the American political process.

8.  Describe the basic values of American political culture.

9.  Explain how the federal system of government works.

10.  Explore different perspectives on issues and questions about the U.S. government and national political processes.

11.  Describe the importance of an informed, effective citizenship for the national government and political processes.

12.  Use concepts from our study of U.S. national government and politics (such as models of democracy) to discuss government and politics in state, local, and international contexts.

13.  Examine the evolution of presidential power in military affairs.

14.  Use technology and information resources to research issues in the field of U.S. government and politics.

15.  Write clearly and concisely about U.S. government and politics using proper writing mechanics.