American Government

Course Description: 

The TEL Library American Government course provides a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of the United States government. The course explores all branches of the United States government and provides students with an understanding of the basic organizations and policies of the political system. An exploration of what government is, the Constitution, and the philosophical origins of government systems are provided at the beginning of the course to provide students with a solid foundation for the rest of the course. Other topics round out the subject including public policy, civil liberties, and American political culture.

Course Information

Evaluate and apply the foundations of the American government to everyday life and scenarios, including interpretations of the Constitution and civil liberties/rights.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate and explain the structure of American politics, including public policy and the role of state and local governments.

Bloom’s level 5

Explain and compare the three branches of the American government and how they interact in the development, enforcement, and interpretation of legislation.

Bloom’s level 4

Analyze and compare international and national policy as well as the different types of government and economic systems around the globe.

Bloom’s level 5

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

4 Year Regional Public University #1
4 Year Private University
4 Year Public Research University
4 Year Regional Public University #2
 Lesson   Quizzes
64 4 Variable Variable N/A
 Scaffolded   Writing   Assignments
7 N/A N/A 14 Variable
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14 63 Variable 14 N/A
2 Final Exam Final Exam Midterm Exam
Final Exam
Midterm Exam
Final Exam
N/A Participation N/A


Research Study


Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

Purchasing Options

Multiple Licenses

This option is designed for institutions — higher ed and high school alike — that need curriculum solutions at scale. After letting us know what product you’re interested in and a ballpark estimate of needed licenses, we’ll get back to you in a jiffy.

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Single License

This option is perfect for homeschooling parents and students as well as independent learners. A single license grants a student access to a single course — offered by a TEL Partner Institution utilizing TEL Curriculum. Start learning today!