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This course is designed to teach the student a variety of ways to classify governments, but focuses on the United States. Students are taught basic elements of the US Constitution. This includes federalism, checks and balances, and the branches of government. Large amounts of time are devoted to studying each branch individually. The powers, responsibilities, and limitations of each branch are explored. We will analyze how citizens interact with the government through the media, political parties, interest groups, and elections. We also spend time on a variety of policies that are in place.