American Government
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The American Government course contains 94 self-grading microlearning lessons that work instantly inside your Learning Management System (LMS).

American Government is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American Government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process. The course provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of American Government and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them.

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  • What is Government?  ← TRY ONE!
  • Who Governs? Elitism, Pluralism, and Tradeoffs
  • Engagement in a Democracy
  • Final Assessment


  • The Pre-Revolutionary Period and the Roots of the American Political Tradition
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Development of the Constitution
  • The Ratification of the Constitution
  • Constitutional Change
  • Final Assessment
  • The Division of Powers
  • The Evolution of American Federalism
  • Intergovernmental Relationships
  • Competitive Federalism Today
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Federalism
  • Final Assessment
  • What Are Civil Liberties?
  • Securing Basic Freedoms
  • The Rights of Suspects
  • Interpreting the Bill of Rights
  • Final Assessment
  • What Are Civil Rights and How Do We Identify Them?
  • The African American Struggle for Equality
  • The Fight for Women’s Rights
  • Civil Rights for Indigenous Groups: Native Americans, Alaskans, and Hawaiians
  • Equal Protection for Other Groups
  • Final Assessment
  • The Nature of Public Opinion
  • How Is Public Opinion Measured?
  • What Does the Public Think?
  • The Effects of Public Opinion
  • Final Assessment
  • Voter Registration
  • Voter Turnout
  • Elections
  • Campaigns and Voting
  • Direct Democracy
  • Final Assessment
  • What Is the Media?
  • The Evolution of the Media
  • Regulating the Media
  • The Impact of the Media
  • Final Assessment
  • What Are Parties and How Did They Form?
  • The Two-Party System
  • The Shape of Modern Political Parties
  • Divided Government and Partisan Polarization
  • Final Assessment
  • Interest Groups Defined
  • Collective Action and Interest Group Formation
  • Interest Groups as Political Participation
  • Pathways of Interest Group Influence
  • Free Speech and the Regulation of Interest Groups
  • Final Assessment
  • The Design and Evolution of the Presidency
  • The Presidential Election Process
  • Organizing to Govern
  • The Public Presidency
  • Presidential Governance: Direct Presidential Action
  • Final Assessment
  • The Institutional Design of Congress
  • Congressional Elections
  • Congressional Representation
  • House and Senate Organizations
  • The Legislative Process
  • Final Assessment
  • Guardians of the Constitution and Individual Rights
  • The Dual Court System
  • The Federal Court System
  • The Supreme Court
  • Judicial Decision-Making and Implementation by the Supreme Court
  • Final Assessment
  • State Power and Delegation
  • State Political Culture
  • Governors and State Legislatures
  • State Legislative Term Limits
  • County and City Government
  • Final Assessment
  • Bureaucracy and the Evolution of Public Administration
  • Toward a Merit-Based Civil Service
  • Understanding Bureaucracies and their Types
  • Controlling the Bureaucracy
  • Final Assessment
  • What Is Public Policy?
  • Categorizing Public Policy
  • Policy Arenas
  • Policymakers
  • Budgeting and Tax Policy
  • Final Assessment
  • Defining Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy Instruments
  • Institutional Relations in Foreign Policy
  • Approaches to Foreign Policy
  • Final Assessment

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