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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...
100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 minutes to complete

Course Overview and Introduction

...
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min)
Video1 video
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Who are the key players?

This week we'll learn who is who in American Democracy. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 70 min), 4 readings, 9 quizzes
Video8 videos
The Presidency8m
Courts7m
Bureaucracy7m
Media and Politics12m
Political Parties6m
Interest Groups6m
Social Movements13m
Reading4 readings
Resources10m
Resources10m
Resources10m
Resources10m
Quiz9 practice exercises
Legislatures12m
The Presidency30m
Courts30m
Bureaucracy30m
Media and Politics30m
Parties30m
Interest Groups30m
Social Movements30m
Who are the Key Players?m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

How do the players fit together?

This week we'll learn how American Democracy is structured and how forces—internal and external—affect it. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 37 min), 3 readings, 6 quizzes
Video5 videos
Federalism6m
Globalization6m
Political Accountability7m
Structural Inequality7m
Reading3 readings
Resources10m
Resources10m
Resources10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
The Constitution30m
Federalism30m
Globalization30m
Political Accountability30m
Structural Inequality30m
How do the players fit together?m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

How do citizens influence politics?

This week we'll learn how American citizens can affect their political system. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 28 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
Video5 videos
Voting2m
Contacting Elected Officials2m
Protesting6m
Advocacy and Campaigning6m
Reading4 readings
Resources10m
Resources10m
Resources10m
Resources10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Staying Informed30m
Voting30m
Contacting Elected Officials10m
Protest30m
Advocacy and Campaigning30m
How do citizens influence politics?m

Instructors

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Dr. Bruce W Jentleson

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Sanford School of Public Policy
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Deondra Rose, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Sanford School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science
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Kenneth Rogerson

Associate Professor of the Practice
Sanford School of Public Policy
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Nicholas Carnes

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Sanford School of Public Policy
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Philip Bennett

Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies and Journalism
The Sanford School of Public Policy

Tana Johnson

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Sanford School of Public Policy
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Bill Adair

Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy and the Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy
Sanford School of Public Policy
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Frederick W. Mayer

Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environment and Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation
Sanford School of Public Policy

About Duke University

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Frequently Asked Questions

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