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 book 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.
From Florida Atlantic university Department of Political Science comes an exciting new book that explores the role of government, politics, and policy ion American lives. Full of real life applications and scenarios, Lenz and Holmans provide a text intended to encourage and enable political thinking (a reflective stance toward the world that helps a person to critically consider and participate in politics). Numerous hyperlinks send students into real world websites for illumination and exploration.
In covering American government and politics, our text introduces the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties, and the conflicts over civil rights;explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions, and participate in political life; describes interest groups, political parties, and elections—the intermediaries that link people to government and politics; details the branches of government and how they operate; and shows how policies are made and affect people’s lives.
The project's genesis was as an online textbook designed to support state-mandated university instruction in the workings of Texas government and to aid all Texans in becoming more thoughtful and effective participants in their government. The Texas Politics Project's online textbook provided a clear and dynamic presentation of the story of Texas politics building on Web-accessible video, audio, graphical, and textual formats to foster student and citizen interest in Texas politics and to provide instructors and students with a comprehensive set of tools for teaching and learning. With improvements and a new platform, we have improved on the Texas Politics Webtext over time, adding new resources meant to foster student success. As always, this Webtext is made freely available for use in classrooms across the state and beyond, in addition to a premium version with greater functionality. Course version is free to instructors with a $55 fee for students through Soomo Learning.
The POWERMUTT (Politically-Oriented, Web-Enhanced Research Methods for Undergraduates - Topics and Tools) Project is a Web site that can serve as a basic on-line textbook for teaching research methods in political science and cognate disciplines.
This course introduces some of the basic research tools in political scientist toolkit and discusses why and how certain tools are used to explore certain phenomena. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: describe the relationship between the scientific method and political science; formulate research questions, theories, and hypotheses; describe the basics of the standard research approaches in political science; evaluate the soundness of a research design; perform basic statistical analyses; execute basic research in the political science discipline. This free course may be completed online at any time