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    PART 1: FOUNDATIONS

    1. Introduction: Representation and Governance

    2. The Founding and the Constitution

    3. Federalism and the Separation of Powers

    4. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

     

    PART 2: INSTITUTIONS

    5. Congress

    6. The Presidency

    7. The Executive Branch

    8. The Federal Courts

     

    PART 3: DEMOCRATIC POLITICS

    9.  Public Opinion and the Media

    10. Elections

    11. Political Parties

    12. Groups and Interests

     

    PART 4: POLICY

    13. Introduction to Public Policy

    14. Foreign Policy