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Fundamentals of American Civics


Fundamentals of American Civics
Fundamentals of American Civics

Learn more about important aspects of American Civics.


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Fundamentals of American Civics Course
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Course Description

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 free online 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.

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Learning Outcomes

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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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 34 reviews
Course Title: Fundamentals of American Civics
Course #: 549
Course Publisher: Khan Academy
Course Category: 6
Content Origin:
Course Description: 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 free online 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.
License: This course is available from Khan Academy OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 01 November 2012
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: High
Audio Only: High
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level: Post-Secondary
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Katherine Fries
    Katherine Fries United States of America Good course 2015-02-12 14:02:23
  • Diane Ryan
    Diane Ryan United States of America Great course; clearly presented, not too basic, not too complicated. 2015-01-12 07:01:44
  • Austin Ross
    Austin Ross United States of America I really did enjoy this course. Finishing up my undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science, it was entertaining to see a new perspective. And, I can say I honestly learned about SOPA and PIPA, something I did not know about before. 2014-12-13 04:12:27
  • PHILLIP JUAREZ
    PHILLIP JUAREZ United States of America Very informative! Thank you. Highly Recommended for all Americans. 2014-11-27 22:11:18
  • John Humphrey
    John Humphrey United States of America it did ask some difficult questions.interesting that one of them was about the presidential election. it is not done directly by the people. 2014-11-27 16:11:04
  • Olivia Madison
    Olivia Madison United States of America It was a decent little course. Can't complain. 2014-11-05 18:11:17
  • Amjad Majed
    Amjad Majed Iraq It was very good 2014-09-25 00:09:01
  • KOUAKOU Koffi Justin
    KOUAKOU Koffi Justin Cote D'Ivoire FUNDAMENTALS OF AMERICAN CIVICS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME BECAUSE I LIKE THE USA 2014-08-17 13:08:52
  • Terrance k Zihori
    Terrance k Zihori Zimbabwe i feel good!!!!! 2014-08-16 17:08:47
  • Jessica Eturralde
    Jessica Eturralde United States of America Brief, to-the-point, yet vividly detailed coverage of Civics. Thanks! 2014-04-27 09:04:30
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