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Defining the Role of the U.S. Government

Course Description:

“Big Government”—some U.S. citizens would greet that phrase with jeers, while others would defend “big government” as a necessary feature of modern democracy. Debates about the proper size of government are hardly new; the framers of the Constitution argued about the proper role of the Federal government, and American history has seen continuing evolution of the government and its relationship to the people. In this course, you will use multimedia resources from Annenberg Learner to examine how Americans have struck a balance between limiting government and serving society’s changing needs over the course of the nation’s 230+ years. At the end of the course, learners earn a Certificate of Completion.

Note: This is a self-paced course accessible for one year after enrollment, and not eligible for graduate credit.

For assignments and evaluation details, see the full Syllabus.

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Social Studies/History
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