United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power
Take stock of how money and culture feeds into the American political system. Explain the power of the Constitution in US politics. Monitor the influence of special interest groups. See how race, faith and the economy intertwine with policy.
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At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- find, analyse and interpret primary and secondary US political sources and present the information in a written form
- distinguish between competing interpretations of key US political issues, and succinctly express the strengths and weaknesses of these interpretation in written and oral form
- explain the main features of US political institutions such as the Constitution, Federalism, Congress and the Presidency
- articulate their knowledge of US politics in group discussions.
- Introduction: US political culture, beliefs and values
- The American Constitution
- Political Parties
- Political Participation and Elections
- The Presidency
- Research for Essay
- Interest groups
- Religion and Politics
- Race and Politics
- Social Policy and Welfare
- The Economy and Politics
- Examination Week
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Students should have studied some politics at 200 level prior to undertaking this subject.
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as PLTX392 American Politics.
- Essay 1 (20%)
- Essay 2 (40%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)
- Participation (10%)