Teaching American Politics: Course Content

Find high quality, predominantly free, content for your American Government and Politics course.

Liz Norell (Chattanooga State Community College) shares her extensive curation of podcasts, films, readings, and other content for her American Government course.

Browse select content for your American Government and Politics course below.

If you would like to add your American government and politics content repository or podcast to the features below, please email educate@apsanet.org.

Topic Guides

The Monkey Cage

Monkey Cage Topic Guides compiles from articles published at the Monkey Cage. Their mission is to connect political scientists and the political conversation by creating a compelling forum, developing publicly focused scholars, and building an informed audience. TMC is an independent site currently publishing at the Washington Post. Example guides include:

TMC Topic Guides

The Forum Network is a public media service that offers hundreds of video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers, and community leaders, made available to the public for free.

Lectures hosted on The Forum Network are presented by community organizations and educational institutions from the Boston area and beyond.

Primary resources

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation's governance challenges. This link will take you to a selection of primary resources on significant moments in U.S. history and politics, curated by distinguished scholars.


A podcast exploring themes related to civic engagement in order to build a more inclusive, just, and equitable democracy. Additional resource:


The Democracy Paradox podcast brings scholars from political science, sociology, economics, and other disciplines to discuss social and political ideas. The aim is not to debate policy or politics, but to introduce new concepts to listeners so they can understand politics and society better.


Mischiefs of Faction is a collaborative political science blog, founded in 2012, with the goal of advancing and debating our knowledge of political parties. Their name comes from Federalist Paper No. 10, in which James Madison warned about the dangers of selfish political groups but conceded their inevitability in a free nation.

Their work is mostly focused on parties in the United States, though not exclusively. And their interest in political parties motivates discussion of broader issues in American society and political institutions. These interests include Congress, the American presidency, the development of the media, and political developments in countries other than the U.S. 

Teaching and Learning Webinars

What is driving American democracy’s contemporary crisis? Even more urgently, what are solutions and strategies Americans can pursue to revitalize their democracy? Moderated by NPR’s Scott Simon, this May 10th, 2022 webinar, “The Crisis in American Democracy,” discusses the challenges confronting Americans in their struggle to build a multiracial, multiethnic democracy. Panelists:

Dick Simpson, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Angelique Power, President & CEO, Skillman Foundation

Elizabeth Matto, Director, Center for Youth Participation, Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University

Associated  Resources from Dick Simpson

Course Syllabus – Seminar in American Politics: Democracy’s Challenges and Rebirth

Mini-Lecture #1 –  Introduction PowerPoint and Notes

Mini-Lecture #2 – Racial and Income Inequality PowerPoint and Notes

Mini-Lecture #3 – Money in Politics PowerPoint and Notes

Mini-Lecture #4 – Political, Institutional and Moral Corruption PowerPoint and Notes

Mini-Lecture #5 – Deliberative and Participatory Democracy PowerPoint and Notes

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