pol443 | undergraduate

Wealth And Power In America

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This course discusses the issue of wealth, power, and influence in the United States. Who has the wealth in America? Who has power? How is this power wielded to influence public policy? To help develop perspectives on these issues, a variety of societal models, including the pluralist and elitist, are presented throughout the course.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Theories of Power

    • Describe the ways political power is exercised in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
    • Explain the influence of economic and social class on political issues.
    • Analyze the influence of political and social forces in the United States on public policy issues.

    Influences on Political Power

    • Determine which groups in the United States influence political power.
    • Describe how political power is distributed in the United States.
    • Explain how issue networks function to influence public policy.

    Organized Politics and Influences on Public Policy

    • Determine how political parties educate and shape the public’s values.
    • Describe the forces within the major political parties that influence their agenda.
    • Explain why the United States tends towards a two-party system.
    • Explain the effect of social mobility on political identification.
    • Explain the influence of corporations on United States policies.

    Groups and Policy Change

    • Describe interest groups and their effect on politics.
    • Describe the challenges minorities face in changing public policy.
    • Differentiate the theories of pluralism, state autonomy, and elitism in U.S. society.

    Wealth and Power in America

    • Describe the distribution and concentration of wealth in the United States.
    • Analyze the relationship among wealth, power, and influence in the United States.
    • Explain class theories.
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