American Government – GOVT 220

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/08/2022

Course Description

The issues, interest and institutions of American politics, emphasizing the struggle between liberalism and conservatism.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The primary purpose of this course is to train the student for effective citizenship. No one can be an effective citizen without an understanding of how his/her government operates. This is especially true today because the growth in size of government at all levels has increased its impact on our daily lives. No one can avoid involvement with government. As both Christians and citizens, the student needs to understand his/her duties to the government and how he/she can defend the heritage of liberty.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the main provisions of the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Analyze the meaning of important constitutional provisions.
  3. Identify characteristics of liberalism and conservatism.
  4. Identify the constitutional powers granted to each branch of government.
  5. Differentiate between formal and informal changes made to the Constitution.
  6. Identify ways in which citizens can effectively participate in the political process.
  7. Identify the extent of Christian influence on the underlying principles of the U.S. Constitution and the way recent Supreme Court rulings have limited this influence.
  8. Identify the main features of a worldview, assessing cultural, political, economic, and industrial implications.
  9. Relate government and/or culture to various aspects of life.
  10. Apply the Christian principles and general practices for effectively engaging people from different social and/or cultural backgrounds.
  11. Relate the human experience within various civic and global structures to participation in the redemptive work of God.
Foundational Skills Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Civic and Global Engagement (CGE)
 
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: 
 
1. CGE1: Identify the main features of a worldview, assessing the cultural, political, economic, and industrial implications. 
2. CGE2: Relate government and/or culture to various aspects of life. 
3. CGE3: Apply the Christian principles and general practices for effectively engaging people from different social and/or cultural backgrounds. 
4. CGE4: Describe the impact of a person’s global perspective on evangelism and cross-cultural engagement.
5. CGE5: Relate the human experience within various civic and global structures to participation in the redemptive work of God.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each Discussion will be divided into 2 parts: a thread of at least 300 words and 2 or more replies of at least 125 words each. (FSLO: CGE 2, 4, 5.)

After viewing the assigned presentation, the student will answer questions about the presentations in a 2 1/2 to 3-page paper. Answers to the questions must be well-organized and use proper grammar. Templates for the student's responses are provided for each presentation. (FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 3, 5.)

The student will complete 12 interactive assignments based on the required reading. 

The student will complete 4 longer assessments that are open-book/open-notes, consists of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have  a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Each Module: Week, the student will also have an opportunity to create an optional self-check quiz in preparation for the longer course assessments; this will have no effect on the final grade.

The student will write a paper of at least 6 pages (not including the title page or reference page) adhering to the format specified in the Writing Style Guide. The purpose of this paper is to provide practical application of Reading & Study materials by developing concepts discussed in the presentations. The paper must demonstrate mastery of material from the lectures as well as presentation of factual materials from peer-reviewed sources. (FSLO: CGE 4.)

The student will view  Watch: World View I and Watch: World View II in the Learn items for Module 6: Week 6. The Watch items will discuss the link between competing worldviews and various political ideologies. The student will then complete Quiz: World View I and Quiz: World View II. Each quiz will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions, is open-book/open notes, is limited to 2 hours, and allows for 2 attempts. (FSLO: CGE 1, 3.)