Brooklyn College, Fall 2023
Instructor: Peyton Cordero
Contact: pcordero(at)gradcenter.cuny.edu

Class Location: Zoom
Class Time: 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Course Description

This course is designed to offer an introduction to the fundamental concepts of American government, including political principles, participants, processes, and institutions. We will explore the origins and definitions of democracy; the constitutional framework; civil liberties and civil rights; the role of mass media and other technologies in politics; political parties; the three branches of government; special interest groups and social movements. 

This course will challenge you to think deeply and critically about American political systems, and our readings will highlight diverse voices and perspectives about past and current political phenomenon. 

By the end of this course, you should have a solid understanding of the key debates within American politics as well as an understanding of how its power is wielded and who has it. Ultimately the larger goal of this course is to spark an interest in American politics and for you to leave the class a more politically savvy and engaged citizen, which is what every vibrant democracy needs.