American Government — Textbook

Welcome to American Government

The TEL Library American Government course provides a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of United States government. The course explores all branches of the United States government and provides students with an understanding of the basic organizations and policies of the political system. An exploration of “What is Government?”, the Constitution and the philosophical origins of government systems are provided at the beginning of the course to provide students with a solid foundation. Other topics round out the course including public policy, civil liberties, and American political culture. This is a three credit hour course, satisfactory completion of the course requires passing a mid-term and a final exam.

This textbook contains 13 modules, each with multiple lessons that support varied approaches to help a student learn and engage with the topic, including readings, video, and a knowledge-check quiz. 

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To enroll in this course, click “Take this Course” below, or click on the Modules below to get started.

This textbook is delivered fully online and you will be required to have access to a computer, laptop, or web-capable mobile device – along with consistent access to the internet to access these materials.  Review the information below to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements.  

PC Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Windows 7 or above

Macintosh Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or above

Tablet or Smartphone

Hardware

  • 2 GHz process or faster
  • 1 GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Wireless internet connection

Course Content

Modules Status
1

Module 1 -- What is Government?

2

Module 2 -- The Constitution

3

Module 3 -- Federalism and Constitutional Interpretation

4

Module 4 -- Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

5

Module 5 -- American Politics

6

Module 6 -- Public Policy

7

Module 7 -- Congress

8

Module 8 -- The Expansion of Power

9

Module 9 -- The Bureaucracy

10

Module 10 -- The Judiciary

11

Module 11 -- Policy: National and International

12

Module 12 -- Governments, Taxation, and Education

13

Module 13 -- Comparative Political and Economic Systems