American Government Course at Harvard University

Harvard University is launching a free online course called “American Government” through their HarvardX program.

Free and open to all, “American Government” by Harvard Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the Kennedy School of Government Thomas E. Patterson launches on April 24.

The course offers a comprehensive introduction to American government and politics—its foundations, institutions, organizations, and policies. It is ideal for:
• AP high school students looking for an introduction to American government
• teachers looking to explain the American political system to their students.

This 16-week, self-paced course draws on political science and cases—such as the Iraq invasion and health care reform—to explain how the U.S. government system works.

Participants will explore questions including:
• What are the foundations of the U.S. political system?
• How do leading institutions such as the presidency and Congress operate?
• Where do public opinion, political parties, groups, and the media fit in?
• What explains America’s economic, social, and foreign policies?

Please let me know if I can provide further information or answer any questions.

Best regards,

Jenny Lisle
HarvardX Communications