The American Presidency

Module code: PL3071

Module co-ordinator: Dr Alex Waddan

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should have detailed knowledge of the constitutional basis and historical development of US Presidential power. They should have acquired a good empirical knowledge of recent Presidential history, and be able to:

  • Understand better how the institution relates to other parts of the American system of government.
  • Have a good understanding of, especially recent, changes in the nature of Presidential power.
  • Be able to assess competing explanations of the nature of presidential power.
  • Be able to make an informed assessment of the performance of recent occupants of the office.

Teaching and Learning Methods

30 hours of seminars, 120 hours of directed reading and independent learning.

Assessment Methods

  • 2 hour exam (essay based): 70%  
  • 3,000 word assessed essay: 30%
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