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Course Features

  • Developed by Professor of American Government, an expert in the field.
  • Includes primary source documents.
  • Lessons are built around the way students learn today – video first, reinforced by content and assessment.
  • 16 lessons with curated and sequenced activities.
  • Each lesson contains introductory video, textbook readings from OpenStax, one discussion-board, one in-class presentation and one quiz.
  • Students can take notes and message classmates right in the application.
  • Web-based and accessible through our iPad app.
  • Professor grade book and student engagement reports.
  • Student notifications about upcoming quizzes.
  • All-in-one design means no pop-ups, plug-ins, installing components or extra windows.
  • Instructor resources are incorporated into the instructors course- no need for CD’s, DVD’s or downloads.

Course Details

Content Suitability

Suitable for:
American Government courses at 2-year and 4-year Institutions. We will customize to fit your class.

Great for:
In-person, online or blended learning.



XanEdu FlexEd knows that the way you teach is unique. That’s why we allow you to take what we’ve built and use it as-is, or modified to fit your syllabus.

Our simple editing process allows you to rearrange, add or remove content, embed videos, links or change quiz questions to better match your course.

Need to collaborate with other instructors? With XanEdu FlexEd you can share your content with colleagues. Life just got a lot easier.

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Adoption and Onboarding

Accessible: Available on the Web, with the iPad app, or as a direct link from your LMS. No downloads, plug-ins or pop-ups necessary.

Onboarding Support: Training videos and access to actual human beings will help you get your course launched smoothly.

Easy to Purchase: Students simply register and buy, and we can work with your bookstore as needed.


Meet the Subject Matter Expert

Ann Koras, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
Johnson & Wales University

Ann Kordas earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2001, where she was an editor of Boston University’s Law Review, and a Ph.D. in History from Temple University in 2002, where she received the Conwell Fellowship and the Kramer Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. She is a social and cultural historian who focuses on issues of gender and race. Her special research interests include the history of childhood and adolescence, the history of popular culture, food history, history of occult belief, Cold War history, and gender history. She teaches classes in history, American government and ethics at Johnson & Wales University.


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Lesson 1 — American Government and Civic Engagement

Learning Topics
  • What is Government?
  • Who Governs? Elitism, Pluralism, and Tradeoffs
  • Engagement in a Democracy

Lesson 2 — The Constitution and Its Origins

Learning Topics
  • The Pre-Revolutionary Period and the Roots of the American Political Tradition
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Development of the Constitution
  • The Ratification of the Constitution
  • Constitutional Change

Lesson 3 — American Federalism

Learning Topics
  • The Division of Powers
  • The Evolution of American Federalism
  • Intergovernmental Relationships
  • Competitive Federalism Today
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Federalism

Lesson 4 — Civil Liberties

Learning Topics
  • What Are Civil Liberties?
  • Securing Basic Freedoms
  • The Rights of Suspects
  • Interpreting the Bill of Rights

Lesson 5 — Civil Rights

Learning Topics
  • What Are Civil Rights and How Do We Identify Them?
  • The African American Struggle for Equality
  • The Fight for Women’s Rights
  • Civil Rights for Indigenous Groups: Native Americans, Alaskans, and Hawaiians
  • Equal Protection for Other Groups

Lesson 6 — The Politics of Public Opinion

Learning Topics
  • The Nature of Public Opinion
  • How Is Public Opinion Measured?
  • What Does the Public Think?
  • The Effects of Public Opinion

Lesson 7 — Voting and Elections

Learning Topics
  • Voter Registration
  • Voter Turnout
  • Elections
  • Campaigns and Voting
  • Direct Democracy

Lesson 8 — The Media

Learning Topics
  • What Is the Media?
  • The Evolution of the Media
  • Regulating the Media
  • The Impact of the Media

Lesson 9 — Political Parties

Learning Topics
  • What Are Parties and How Did They Form?
  • The Two-Party System
  • The Shape of Modern Political Parties
  • Divided Government and Partisan Polarization

Lesson 10 — Interest Groups and Lobbying

Learning Topics
  • Interest Groups Defined
  • Collective Action and Interest Group Formation
  • Interest Groups as Political Participation
  • Pathways of Interest Group Influence
  • Free Speech and the Regulation of Interest Groups

Lesson 11 — Congress

Learning Topics
  • The Institutional Design of Congress
  • Congressional Elections
  • Congressional Representation
  • House and Senate Organizations
  • The Legislative Process

Lesson 12 — The Presidency

Learning Topics
  • The Design and Evolution of the Presidency
  • The Presidential Election Process
  • Organizing to Govern
  • The Public Presidency
  • Presidential Governance: Direct Presidential Action

Lesson 13 — The Courts

Learning Topics
  • Guardians of the Constitution and Individual Rights
  • The Dual Court System
  • The Federal Court System
  • The Supreme Court
  • Judicial Decision-Making and Implementation by the Supreme Court

Lesson 14 — State and Local Government

Learning Topics
  • State Power and Delegation
  • State Political Culture
  • Governors and State Legislatures
  • State Legislative Term Limits
  • County and City Government

Lesson 15 — The Bureaucracy

Learning Topics
  • Bureaucracy and the Evolution of Public Administration
  • Toward a Merit-Based Civil Service
  • Understanding Bureaucracies and their Types
  • Controlling the Bureaucracy

Lesson 16 — Domestic Policy

Learning Topics
  • What Is Public Policy?
  • Categorizing Public Policy
  • Policy Arenas
  • Policymakers
  • Budgeting and Tax Policy

Lesson 17 — Foreign Policy

Learning Topics
  • Defining Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy Instruments
  • Institutional Relations in Foreign Policy
  • Approaches to Foreign Policy

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    Engaging Content

    Topics are introduced with short, engaging videos. Text readings and practice activities provide detail and enable applied learning.

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    Meaningful Analytics

    You’ll know how much time your students are spending learning, what material they’re working with, and when they lose engagement, so you can keep them on-track.

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    Easy to Use

    All material is loaded and ready-to-go, including video, textbook, discussion boards, in-class presentation, quizzes and practice activities.

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    XanEdu FlexEd courses are 80+% less expensive than alternatives. No extras needed. Honest.

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