Los Angeles City College
Political Science 1–Section #1137
MW, 9:00 am – 10:25 am
Room # JH 202
10:30 am – 11:00 am, MW (JH 200E)
The Struggle for Democracy
by Edward S. Greenberg and Benjamin I. Page, latest
Political Science 1 or
Government and Politics of the United States
is a UC/CSU required
course that is worth 3 units of credit.
Topically, our approach and thematic investigations will be aimed at facilitating some well-
grounded, clear sense of the following:
U.S. Constitution; the conditioning American political culture;
the political theory of American representative democracy and its practice over time; Executive
Branch/Legislative Branch structure, interrelationships, and process; the judicial system; the role of
public bureaucracy; interest groups and social movements; political parties; political socialization and
opinion acquisition processes; voting behavior and elections; social stratification and its relationship to
the distribution of political and economic power (i.e., political economy); federalism; and governmental
output (i.e., public policies related to civil rights, civil liberties, foreign policy and national defense,
domestic and foreign economic policy, social welfare, and the politics of the federal budget.
Additionally, we will seek to place the development and nature of the U.S. political and economic system
in its illuminating historical and global context.
In brief, we will attempt to do far more than just survey basic American political institutions in an
uncritical, ahistorical, forgetful, and hence, lifeless fashion.
We shall also, and perhaps far more
importantly, seek to develop a coherent conceptual framework for understanding
how and why
American political system operates the way it does, in relation to,
who gets what, when, how and why
and the different roles that we, government, and other social actors play (or are prevented from playing or
just simply personally neglect to play) in the American political process.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Analyze both the theoretical and practical workings of the American political system.
Examine and analyze major American political institutions; the Presidency, public
bureaucracy, Congress, judiciary, elections, political parties and interest groups.
Compare and contrast the three basic political models of how American society works:
Evaluate the role of the
in the political process.