HarvardX/EdX American Government course: My online HarvardX/EdX introduction to American Government course is free of charge, and the sessions can be taken in any order. The course is intended to supplement your for-credit introductory American government course, in the classroom or online. It has 24 sessions, each 20-30 minutes in length. The 24 sessions are divided into four groups of six lectures each: Constitutional Foundations (e.g. Federalism), Institutions (e.g., Presidency), Mass Politics (e.g., Public Opinion), and Public Policy (e.g., Foreign Policy).

The url list below is for desktop use. To show a session, download and then open. If using Zoom, WebEx, or other online teaching platform, you can play it during a class session. If you want students to view a session before class, you can share the links with them by email or through Blackboard, Canvas, etc. for them to download and play. (Do not paste url into search. Simply click on url to download the video and then open. Once its playng, you can pause it, etc. just as with any video file.)

If assigning a session to students before the class, they will need a different url if some of them are using a mobile device. The file below marked “Sessions and URLs” has the url list for both desktop and mobile viewing for each session. If you download the file, you will have the full information needed for both you and your students to access the desktop and mobile versions.

CLOSED CAPTIONING: If you need to have closed captioning for your students, here are the instructions for access that version of the lectures: [ClosedCaption]

Constitutional Foundations
Political Culture https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_1-V002300_DTH.mp4
Limited Government https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_1-V002400_DTH.mp4
Representative Government https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_1-V000300_DTH.mp4
Federalism https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_1-V002100_DTH.mp4
Civil Liberties https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_1-V001100_DTH.mp4
Civil Rights https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_1-V001200_DTH.mp4

Political Institutions
Congress & Constituency https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_2-V000300_DTH.mp4   
Congress & Partyhttps://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_2-V000500_DTH.mp4
President & Domestic Policy https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_2-V002700_DTH.mp4
President & Foreign Policy https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_2-V002300_DTH.mp4
Bureaucracy https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_2-V002400_DTH.mp4
Judiciary & Supreme Court https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_2-V001200_DTH.mp4

Mass Politics
Public Opinion https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_3-V002000_DTH.mp4
Political Parties https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_3-V002400_DTH.mp4
Campaigns & Elections https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_3-V003200_DTH.mp4
Political Movements https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_3-V002700_DTH.mp4
Interest Groups https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_3-V001000_DTH.mp4
The Media https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_3-V003000_DTH.mp4

Public Policy
Social Policy https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_4-V001800_DTH.mp4
Fiscal & Monetary Policy https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_4-V000300_DTH.mp4
Welfare & Income Policy https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_4-V002000_DTH.mp4
Regulatory Policy https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_4-V000800_DTH.mp4
Foreign Policy https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_4-V002100_DTH.mp4
Course review https://d2f1egay8yehza.cloudfront.net/HarvardXHKS101A_4-V002200_DTH.mp4
Course Syllabus

View the 2-minute trailer for the course here

Sessions and URL's


harvardx_american_government_syllabus.docx24 KB
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