Participation in Government is a half-year course that aims to make students appreciate their voice in American politics. We refer to our political and governmental system as a democracy. In such a system it is the responsibility of the people -- citizens like you-- to become informed and participate in decision-making. In our democratic society every person holds an office, the office of citizen. It is an office, which, like any vocation, requires careful preparation and the acquisition of certain skills. A major goal of this course, then, is to expand the skills, which young citizens need to become effective participants in the public life of this country. This course will help you become an active and involved citizen who will have hands-on experience on all levels of government. This course will encourage you to make connections between the structure of governmental process and the role of the citizen in influencing this process.