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Fundamentals of American Civics

Politics
Free Course

This Alison online course introduces the process of primary elections and the electoral college system in the U.S presidential and vice-presidential elections.

  • Duration

    1-2 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Publisher

    Khan Academy
Description Outcome Certification View course modules

With each American Presidential election there is always great interest in both the U.S. and around the world in how the American political system actually nominates candidates who run for the positions of President and Vice President, and how a President is elected. In this American civics course you will be introduced to the process of primary elections and/or caucuses that are held in each U.S state and territory, and are an integral part of the nominating process for the Presidential election. You will also learn about the Electoral College sytem which is an institution that officially elects the President and Vice President every four years. Once a President is elected he must then form a Cabinet whose members are the heads of the fifteen federal executive departments. You will learn how the executive branch of the U.S. government runs its affairs by examining case studies in areas such as funding social security, introducing taxes, and controlling government deficits and expenditure. This free online course will be of great interest to all learners who would like to learn more about the American political system. This course will also complement the free online course titled 'U.S. Citizenship Test Preparation' which is available on Alison and is the ideal course to study for anyone who is preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test.

Learning outcomes: - Understand how the American political system actually nominates candidates who run for the positions of President and Vice President; - Learn about the Electoral College sytem and how it officially elects the President and Vice President; - Learn how the executive branch of the U.S. government runs its affairs;

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