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GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Sam Nunn School of International Affairs International Affairs 1200 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE T/Th 12:05 pm – 1:25 pm Robert Kennedy Instructional Center 103 Fall 2009 1. Objectives The objective of this course is to help you better understand how America’s government functions and how the American political system works. If you are like most Americans, you already have a basic understanding of how America is governed, but have spent little time thinking about how and why American democracy functions the way it does and how and why its institutions and political system differ from those of other nations. This course is designed to expand the student's awareness of the American political system -- its philosophical origins, its institutions, the distribution of political power, the processes, the complexities, and the basic factors that influence American political behavior and domestic and foreign policy formulation. It also will provide you with a general understanding of how the American political system differs from others so that you can develop a better appreciation of the benefits and trade- offs of political life in the United States by comparing the institutions and processes of American government with those of other countries. 2. Class Format: . Because of the size of the class, the course will be mostly taught in the lecture format. Students are encouraged to raise questions or comments at anytime during the sessions.
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