Welcome to Learn US Politics Through Film! This course is designed for anyone that wants to understand the system in the US without getting too complicated, and using popular movies and TV shows as a guide.
Learn How the System Works in the Most Powerful Nation on Earth.
I am not trying to change your mind about the US' System; I just want to help you understand the 'how' and the 'why' behind it.
I love teaching about the system in my home country to students abroad. I have been doing this at a university now for almost five years and I am excited about bringing it to Udemy now as well.
Nearly every country in the world is affected by U.S. policies. If you look closely enough, you can surely find some aspect of the government where you are that is based on the U.S. system. Are your politicians talking about adopting a US-style medical care, jury trial, or lobbying system and you are not sure if that is a good or bad idea? This class will help you to figure it out for yourself.
Every unit of the course begins with an introduction of that unit's homework: a list of films to try and borrow, rent, or buy that are all chosen to illustrate a specific aspect of the US political system. The main lectures for the course are taught in screen-cast format. I give overviews of each topic and relevant case studies where appropriate. Links are provided to resources used in the lecture sessions, so you may check it out for yourself (and possibly in your native language if you need to). There is also a short quiz for each section.
I decided to record these lectures in screencast format relying heavily on Wikipedia because of the various language options in Wikipedia. If an article I use does not currently have a local language version, it could soon.
In fact, if students are interested in earning extra credit by volunteering to translate the wikipedia articles, I would be open to the idea.
This quiz is about the historical context in which the U.S. was created.
This quiz reviews the Bill of Rights and civil liberties
The civil rights movement
Media and Public Opinion
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Campaigns and Elections
Hi! I'm Steven and I teach the Introductory US Politics course here on Udemy.
After finishing graduate school (M.P.A. University of Missouri--Columbia) and working for the State of Missouri as a Performance Auditor (making sure other government agencies are following the rules), I decided to come to South Korea for an adventure. That was ten years ago. Now I teach Korean students about the US political system in a way that helps them connect the topic with their own lives.
I am very excited to be publishing my first course on Udemy, and I have plans to publish a couple more as soon as possible. Thank you!