We are living in an anxious and confusing time in politics. The past year of political upheaval has thrust into the spotlight long simmering debates about the stability of political institutions and citizenship. This course provides an introduction to United States politics. The course topics include an introduction to America’s constitutional foundations, elements of mass public politics (public opinion and participation), the role of intermediary organizations (interest groups, media, parties), and the function of institutions (Congress, Presidency, Courts). In addition to mastering the fundamental organization of the national government, students will learn theories addressing “big questions” in American politics, and will discuss different arguments based on the evidence brought to bear on these questions.