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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.
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|Section 1: How to use this course|
This lecture explains the process and procedure for this course.
Introduction to FilmsPreview
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.
Adding an article to Wikipedia in your native language
|Section 2: North America before the United States|
Films Showing North America Before the RevolutionPreview
Europeans brought civilization to the America's, eh?Preview
So why did the colonists revolt?
|Quiz 1||5 questions|
This quiz is about the historical context in which the U.S. was created.
|Section 3: The Constitution|
Films about the Revolution and RightsPreview
Prequel to the Constitution
The Philosophy Behind the ConstitutionPreview
|Quiz 2||7 questions|
This quiz is about the main components of the Constitution
|Section 4: Civil Liberties|
Slavery in Film
Defining Civil Liberties
The Great Shame: Slavery
Why the number,"3/5" is the worst part of the Constitution
How the Bill of Rights came to be
|Quiz 3||6 questions|
This quiz reviews the Bill of Rights and civil liberties
|Section 5: Civil Rights|
The Civil Rights Movement in Film
Defining 'civil rights'
Get to know the people of the civil rights movement
How is protest changing in today's world?
|Quiz 4||6 questions|
The civil rights movement
|Section 6: Media and Public Opinion|
Portrayals of the Media in Film
Introduction to the Media's role in the US
How does the media affect public opinion?
How 'new media' is changing political campaigns (Hint: Raising Money)
Issue profile: Net Neutrality
|Quiz 5||7 questions|
Media and Public Opinion
|Section 7: Political Parties and Interest Groups|
Political Parties and Lobbying in Film
Introduction to Political Parties in the US
Interest Groups and Lobbyists
|Quiz 6||4 questions|
Political Parties and Interest Groups
|Section 8: Campaigns and Elections|
Campaigns and Elections in Film
The primary election system
The Electoral College
|Quiz 7||4 questions|
Campaigns and Elections
|Section 9: Congress|
Congress in Film
Introduction to the US' Bicameral (two-house) Legislature
Lyndon Johnson, The Master of the Senate
|Quiz 8||9 questions|
|Section 10: The Presidency|
The Presidency and Bureaucracy in Film
Introduction to the Presidency and the Federal Bureaucracy
The Presidency and Foreign Affairs
Other Important Presidential Advisors (National Security and Economic Policy)
|Quiz 9||8 questions|
|Section 11: Judiciary|
The Justice System in Film
Introduction to the Judicial system
Two important principles in the US justice system
The Supreme Court, it's members and functions.
|Quiz 10||8 questions|
|Section 12: Case Study: Foreign Policy|
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!