Teaching Introduction to American Politics

"Our symposium aimed to workshop an Introduction to American Government course allowing students to see politics as something that requires their active participation."

Casey Dominguez (San Diego University) and Liz Norell (Chattanooga State Community College), symposium co-facilitators

Fifteen political science educators gathered March 2022 for the virtual symposium "Teaching Introduction to American Politics." Together these teacher-scholars presented teaching practices, reviewed the state of the discipline, workshopped their materials, and created new artifacts. Below the participants have shared short blogs, example syllabi, best practices, active learning ideas, civic engagement tools, and more. APSA thanks our symposium co-leaders and participants for their collegiality and contributions.

Please browse, use, and if inspired, contribute your own teaching resources.


Read the co-facilitators symposium summary. 


Meet the symposium facilitators and presenters.

Classroom Approaches

The why and what to think about ahead of time.

Course Syllabi

Browse example course syllabi.

Classroom Community

Games and resources to build an inclusive and engaged classroom.

Civic Exercises

Active learning tools connecting students to American politics.

Curated Collections

Return to Educates' curated collections.

Race, Ethnicity, & Politics

View our other Spring 2022 symposium collection.

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