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U.S. Citizenship and American Civics

Gain better insight into the process of primary elections and the electoral college system with this course.

Free Course
This free online American civics course teaches you about the process of primary elections, and about the caucuses that are held in each U.S state, and how they play an integral role in the process of nominating a party's candidate for the Presidential election. You will also study how the Electoral College system works and elects the President, and you will answer questions to prepare you for the U.S. Citizenship test, so start learning today.





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This course begins by discussing the important aspects of American civics such as the Presidential elections and how the executive section of the government functions. You will look into the electoral college which is a body of people representing the states of the U.S. and formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president. You will also study the primaries and caucuses, deficit and debt ceiling, and the governments financial condition.

You will then get an introduction to Social Security in the United States where you will learn that they refer to it as the OASDI which stands for Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance. You will study the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) Tax which is the tax paid for social security, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). You will also look into Medicare sustainability and a whole lot more.

Finally, you will answer a bank of questions to help you prepare for taking the U.S. Citizenship test. Upon the completion of this course, you will gain a better understanding of how the American political system actually nominates candidates who run for the positions of President and Vice President, how the Electoral College system officially elects the President and Vice President, and how the executive branch of the U.S. government runs its affairs. It is also useful for those preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Sign up for this course and learn more about the American political system.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe and Outline the composition of the Electoral College
  • Discuss the relevance and differences between primaries and caucuses in the U.S. Elections
  • Describe the process of selecting a candidate for the presidential elections
  • Distinguish between deficit and debt
  • Explain the debt ceiling
  • Identify the role of congress in the government's financial management
  • Outline the major financial obligations of the U.S. government
  • Discuss social security in the U.S
  • Describe the FICA Tax and its components
  • Explain the concept of Medicare
  • Enumerate the concerns of Medicare in the U.S. and possible recommendations
  • Explain the acronyms SOPA and PIPA


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