Intro to American Government

In Spring Semester 2022, I designed and prepared a course for Cayuga Community College.

Like the course I taught via the Cornell Prison Education program, this course weaves together primary, secondary, and textbook sources to demonstrate the contingent structure of American political institutions.

By emphasizing how political institutions, public opinion, and political behavior emerged out of the collision of economic, racial, and gendered interests of political elites, my course emphasizes the political, rather than natural, origins of American inequality. My approach avoids preventing inequality and authoritarianism in the United States as preordained outcomes, highlighting the importance of agency for a community of young learners.

The course incorporates historical documents, classics of political science, and the most recent research on the topics considered. Special attention is paid throughout to how American hierarchy is constructed through each domain of American politics.

Course materials

You can find a syllabus for this class here.

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Colin Cepuran is a political scientist and a policy analyst working in Kalamazoo, MI.