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 link for each session is listed below. 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 link with them by email or through Blackboard, Canvas, etc.

The videos are closed captioned to accommodate students with hearing difficulties.

SYLLABUS: If you are creating your course syllabus, here is a model syllabus that combines text readings with the videos. The videos can be assigned for viewing before the class session or you can show them to your class at the beginning of each session as a starting point for offering your own thoughts about the topic and prompting student discussion.

Link to Syllabus


COURSE TRANSCRIPTS: Access to the Course video transcripts are available here.[COURSE TRANSCRIPTS]


Political Culture https://youtu.be/YxDfxXJtTLw

Limited Government https://youtu.be/Gyz3sytT9JE

Representative Government https://youtu.be/S6NoOUgxyLI

Federalism https://youtu.be/NP3DYKmif1U

Civil Liberties https://youtu.be/oTQff8exfoc

Civil Rights https://youtu.be/La9bH58cBwQ



Public Opinion https://youtu.be/MidloaFCVxI

Political Parties https://youtu.be/ORqBQroUU74

Campaigns & Elections https://youtu.be/WafQKj9F-po

Political Movements https://youtu.be/vrjxIyvpoxM

Interest Groups https://youtu.be/uhSxkLFrkwc

News Media https://youtu.be/zaYnoc_cGoA



Congress and Constituency https://youtu.be/qR0S2L1T_Ew

Congress and Party  https://youtu.be/QKQjNJI6_1k

Presidents & Domestic Policy https://youtu.be/F4wAqicLADI
Presidents & Foreign Policy https://youtu.be/udlGIHrq5iA

Federal Bureaucracy https://youtu.be/AC9UdwmpaGY

Supreme Court & Judiciary https://youtu.be/sUZ79KIS-V4



Social Policy https://youtu.be/weT9UapLSfU

Fiscal & Monetary Policy https://youtu.be/QLRJ4Ndgumg

Welfare & Income Policy https://youtu.be/U40nXln9ros

Regulatory Policy https://youtu.be/JcYQOgPJccA

Foreign Policy https://youtu.be/9gOU74bARFw

Review Session https://youtu.be/YLHb7l-4OZE







Course Syllabus

View the 2-minute trailer for the course here




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