POLI 345: American Government and Politics Report a Broken Link

In POLI 345, we explore US politics and political culture, the US Constitution and federalism, and the various participants in the American government, which include public opinion, public participation, media, political parties, campaigns and elections, and interest groups. We also explore the major institutions of the American government, which include Congress, the president, the bureaucracy, and the courts, specifically the United States Supreme Court. In the last part of the course, after becoming familiar with the operation of the American government and the various participants in the governmental system, we explore five specific outcomes or public policy areas of the American government: personal liberty, civil rights, the economy, social welfare, and national security.

Required Readings


unit 1


unit 2


unit 3


Note: You can retrieve this article online, as well as all issues of Policy Options, at http://www.irpp.org/po/

unit 4


unit 6


unit 8


Note: Read the following sections accessible through the Table of Contents on the left side of the website: “Barack Obama,” “Hillary Clinton,” “Timing,” and “John McCain.”

unit 9


unit 10


unit 11


Note: Both an audiovisual file and transcript of the speech are available on this website.

unit 12


unit 13


unit 14


Note: The USA Patriot Act is a dense piece of legislation that was quickly passed in the aftermath of 9/11. The scope and impact of the Act is enormous. Many people have an opinion about the Act, although they have not read it.

unit 15


unit 16


unit 17


unit 18