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American Government

American Government

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

It reviews all of the substantive material that is usually taught in one-semester introductory course in American Government and politics at college. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Rebecca Lubot, professor of History at Rutgers University, this course will cover topics such as the institutions and policy processes of the federal government, the federal courts and civil liberties, political parties and interest groups, political beliefs and behavior, and the content and history of the Constitution.

The “American Government" course is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into five major modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and reading.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate knowledge of American government and politics, understanding of typical patterns of political processes and behavior and ability to analyze and interpret data that are relevant to American government and politics.

The exam contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures, exercises, readings and interactive resources taught by a top quality university professor.




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CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. Institutions and Policy Processes: The Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Congress

1.0 Introduction to Institutions and Policy Processes: The Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Congress   

1.1 Congress   

1.2 The President   

1.3 The Bureaucracy   

1.4 Structure, Policy Processes, and Outputs: How Legislation Works   

1.5 Relationships Among These Institutions and the Links Between Them   

1.6 Readings

2. Federal Courts, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights

2.0 Introduction to Federal Courts, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights   

2.1 Structure and Processes of the Judicial System   

2.2 The Development of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties by Judicial Implementation   

2.3 The Bill of Rights   

2.4 Incorporation of the Bill of Rights   

2.5 Equal Protection and Due Process   

2.6 Readings

3. Political Parties and Interest Groups

3.0 Introduction to Political Parties and Interest Groups   

3.1 Political Parties   

3.2 Interest Groups   

3.3 Elections   

3.4 Readings

4. Political Beliefs and Behavior

4.0 Introduction to Political Beliefs and Behavior   

4.1 Processes By Which Citizens Learn About Politics   

4.2 Political Participation   

4.3 Public Opinion   

4.4 Beliefs That Citizens Hold About Governments and Its Leaders   

4.5 Political Culture   

4.6 The Influence of Public Opinion on Political Leaders   

4.7 Readings

5. Constitutional Underpinnings of American Democracy

5.0 Introduction to Constitutional Underpinnings of American Democracy   

5.1 Federalism   

5.2 Separation of Powers   

5.3 Checks and Balances   

5.4 Majority Rule   

5.5 Minority Rights   

5.6 Considerations that Influenced the Formation and Adoption of the Constitution   

5.7 Theories of Democracy   

5.8 Readings

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

Final Steps

Prof. Rebecca Lubot's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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    4 weeks / 6 hours per week