This course is an introduction to American national government and politics, including major concepts and theories relating to the general principles, institutions, processes, functions, and powers of government. It also introduces students to specific public policies and problems of representative government at the national level. Topics covered include democracy, political values, constitutionalism, federalism, civil liberties, civil rights, political participation, political parties, interest groups, media, bureaucracy, political campaigns, and elections. In addition, the course examines contemporary political issues and evaluates them from the perspective of various political ideologies and theories. Knowledge of government and politics, an awareness of current issues, and an understanding of the rights and duties of citizens, are important skills for achieving success in many occupations and professions, while also contributing directly to civic responsibility and a higher quality of life.