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Undergraduate | MAQ-POIX3920 | 2024

United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power

Previously MAQ-POIX392

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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.

Study method
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

Start dates

  • 22 July 2024
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United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Analyse and interpret primary and secondary US political sources and present the information in a written form
    2. Distinguish between competing interpretations of key US political issues, and succinctly express the strengths and weaknesses of these interpretation in written and oral form
    3. Plausibly explain how and why Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election
    4. Articulate your knowledge of US politics in virtual discussions and understand the articulation between money, culture and power in US politics

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PLTX392 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-POIX392 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PLTX392, POL392, POL383, POL385, POIX392
Pre-requisite: 130cp at 1000 level or above OR (20cp in POL or POIR or POIX units at 2000 level).
NCCW (2020 and onwards) POIR3920 United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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