Undergraduate | MAQ-POIX3920 | 2024
United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power
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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.
United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- 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
- Plausibly explain how and why Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election
- Articulate your knowledge of US politics in virtual discussions and understand the articulation between money, culture and power in US politics
- 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
This subject was previously known as PLTX392 American Politics, POIX392 United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power.
US politics is today, as in much of its past, dominated by money and the power that money can buy. US cultural life is also preoccupied with money, in ways that profoundly affect the distribution of political power. Proceeding from these premises, this unit explores the relationship between money, culture and power in contemporary US politics. Topics covered include campaign financing, interest groups and the media; the impact of social inequalities of class, race, gender and sexual preference on US politics; the role of religion and political parties in the formulation of dominant political ideas; and the politics surrounding the global financial crisis and its aftermath.
- Major essay (50%)
- Take home examination (30%)
- Participation (20%)
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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
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