Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
10-809-122 055408 Introduction to American Government
Outline of Instruction

Course Information
Description10-809-122 INTRO TO AMER GOVERNMENT ...introduces American political processes and institutions: focusing on rights/responsibilities of citizens and the process of participatory democracy. Examines separation of powers and checks/balances & the roles of different groups. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
Total Credits3
Prior Learning Assessments
Course Competencies
  1. Explore American political culture
  2. Explore citizenship responsibilities
  3. Analyze types of governments
  4. Examine Democratic principles
  5. Identify functions and purpose of government
  6. Explore the philosophers and documents that influence the development of the Constitution
  7. Explore the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances
  8. Analyze civil liberties
  9. Trace the development of Civil Rights
  10. Explain the election process in the United States
  11. Explore the two-party system and the role of third parties in the United States
  12. Analyze the influence of media in the political process
  13. Explore the role of interest groups
  14. Differentiate the types of public opinion in the American political process
  15. Summarize the structure, functions and responsibilities of Congress
  16. Summarize the organization, functions and responsibilities of the Executive Branch
  17. Summarize the organization, functions and responsibilities of the federal judiciary
  18. Differentiate among federal, state and local government functions and responsibilities