Learning Objectives


Familiarize yourself with the learning objectives for each unit as we cover it. This is your "blueprint" and "study guide" for the course! Exam questions are taken directly from these objectives! I have put emphasis on key words to look/listen for when reading through the text and during lectures. Note: FREQUENT CHANGES MAY BE MADE IN THESE OBJECTIVES TO MORE CLOSELY FIT ITEMS COVERED IN CLASS TO EXAM MATERIAL.  MAKE SURE YOU GET THESE CHANGES IN CLASS!!.


Remember, these learning objectives are designed to help guide you to the necessary information needed to do well on the exam. By simply looking up the definitions, Amendments, Court Cases, etc. will not be sufficient; you will have to apply some thought and analysis in choosing the correct answers. For example, the Thirteenth Amendment not only abolished slavery, but it was also one of the three Civil War Amendments, plus it also shaped the creation of the Black Codes. Thus, the Thirteenth Amendment has multiple significances. 


Philosopher’s Lecture



Ch. 1 – Politics and Political Landscape Lecture 



Ch. 3 – Constitution



Ch. 4 - Federalism



Ch. 14 – Politics and Personal Liberty


·        What did Barron v. Baltimore (1833) expose?

·        Know the importance of the amendments discussed in this chapter

·        The importance of the 14th Amendment

·        Be able to associate the court cases with the amendment (i.e. Gideon v. Wainwright was a case that dealt with “assistance of counsel,” which is inherently stated in the Sixth Amendment

·        Know the types of tests that were articulated in the freedom of speech cases

·        Significance of Roe v. Wade and the trimester breakdown

·        Which amendments provide procedural guarantees for those accused of a crime





Ch. 15 – Civil Rights



Ch. 10 – Congress



Ch. 11 - President



Ch. 13 – Judicial Branch






Ch. 5 – Public Opinion and Socialization



Ch. 7 – Political Parties



Ch. 8 – Campaigns and Elections