POS 2041 (Prefix) 11722 (CRN): U.S. Government
Building 3, Room 300
Instructor: Dr. Scott Creamer
Office Hours: MW 10:30am-12:30pm, TR 1:30pm-2:30pm
Online Hours: F 9:00am-1:00pm
This course focuses on analysis of the organization, structure, and operational
dynamics of the U.S. national government, both past and present, and an examination of the U.S.
Constitution, including principles and theories supporting it. The course includes learning activity
designed to ensure competence in the basic use of computers.
This course looks at early American government in three parts:
Political Institutions: Branches of Government
Essential Concepts of Democracy
This course will acquaint students with the organization, structure, and functions of the American
national government and of the American political parties. Attention will be paid to the Constitution,
the congress, the courts, the presidency, and administration.
We will devote about a month each to the three different parts. Each part includes a mixture of
lecture, discussion, and analysis of primary sources and what historians and political scientists have
written about those sources. As you will see, we will attack those topics in an interesting and, I hope,
By the end of the semester, you will know a lot more than you do now about each of
these three larger topics, and you will be able to apply that knowledge to not only the events of modern
U.S. government and policy but also to many other areas of scholarly investigation.
Schmidt, et al.,
American Government and Politics Today,
2011-2012 Edition (10
Boston: Wadsworth-Cengage Learning, 2011).
Learning Objectives: As a result of this experience, students will be able to:
critically examine primary and secondary works as to content, perspectives, and significance
(political science as a discipline of study);
utilize the ECCO (Expectations, Constraints, Choices, and Outcomes) framework to gain
understanding of events and individuals within historical and contemporary contexts (critical
demonstrate how the U.S. Constitution is an organic document that shapes history and policy while
is itself shaped by history (political development of the American nation);