Political science-American Political History

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Political science-American Political History


1.Terms politics, government, order, liberty, authority, and legitimacy.

2.Major features of direct democracy and representative democracy, and describe majoritarianism, elite theory, and pluralism.

3.Conflicts that can occur between the principles of liberty and order, and between those of liberty and equality.

4.Conservatism, liberalism, and other popular American ideological positions.

5.Americans for independence, the restrictions that Britain placed on the colonies, and the American response.

6.Significance of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, as well as the weaknesses of the Articles.


7.Important compromises reached at the Constitutional Convention and the basic structure of the resulting government.

8.Why the Bill of Rights was adopted.

9.Process of amending the Constitution and the informal ways in which Constitutional interpretation has changed over time.

10.Benefits of the federal system for the United States.

11.Various provisions of the U.S. Constitution provide a framework for federalism.

12.Terms of dual federalism, cooperative federalism, categorical grants, block grants, and fiscal federalism.

13.Political developments and Supreme Court rulings that affect the distribution of power between the national government and the states.

14.Effects of various influences on voting behavior including education, income, religion, race/ethnicity, gender, and geography.

15.Describe the characteristics of a scientific opinion poll, and list some of the problems pollsters face in obtaining accurate results.

  1. Characteristics of interest groups, and why Americans join them.
  2. Bill of Rights and how it came to be applied to state governments as well as the national government.
  3. First Amendment’s establishment clause and free exercise clause guarantee our freedom of religion.

19.Historical experience of African Americans, how the separate-but-equal doctrine was abolished, and describe the consequences of the civil rights movement.

20.Different levels of scrutiny used by the Supreme Court in civil rights cases, and describe recent rulings on affirmative action.

21.History and current status of Latinos, American Indians, and Asian Americans.

22.Contrast the goals of the women’s suffrage movement with the goals of modern feminism.

  1. Recent revolution in the rights enjoyed by gay men and lesbians.

24.Evaluate the rights and status of juvenile citizens.

25.Various roles played by Congress and the constitutional basis of its powers.

26.The differences between the House and the Senate and some of the privileges enjoyed by members of Congress.

27.Implications of apportioning house seats.

28.The committee structure of the House and the Senate and the key leadership positions in each chamber

29.The process by which a bill becomes law and how the federal government establishes its budget.

30.The types of people who typically undertake serious campaigns for the presidency

31.The major roles of the president, including head of state, chief executive, commander in chief, chief diplomat, chief legislator, party chief, and politician.

32.The special powers of the president, and tell how a president can be removed from office.

33.The organization of the executive branch, and in particular, the executive office of the president.

34.The role of the vice president, and describe what happens if the presidency becomes vacant.

Political science-American Political History