The American Presidency

Module code: PL3071

With control over the most expensive military, the largest economy by GDP, an enormous amount of hard and soft power and a third of the world's total wealth, the Presidency of the United States is arguably the most powerful political position in the world. This module will introduce you to the context behind the institution.

You'll look at how the institution of the presidency relates to other parts of the American system of government. You'll assess recent changes in, and competing explanations of, the nature of Presidential power.

You'll get the chance to critically evaluate the performance of recent occupants of the office, including Clinton, Bush, Obama and, the current incumbent, Donald Trump. Plus, you'll assess causal arguments in written form while integrating information from a range of sources.

Learning 

  • 30 hours of seminars
  • 120 hours of guided independent study

Assessment Methods

  • Essay, 2,500 words (50%)   
  • Exam, 2 hours (50%)