The goal of this course is to help you become a better informed, more effective participant in the American political system. This course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding of America’s political foundations and structures to be an effective citizen. You will read and learn about America’s fundamental political, economic, and social values and principles. By the end of the course, you will understand the major philosophical foundations and privileges of American citizenship. You will also gain an understanding of the governmental structures, processes, and principles within which United States citizens participate and shape their government.