AMERICAN POLITICS

POL2IAP

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the government and politics of the United States and engage in discussion of the institutions, political culture and recent history of the country. There is some concentration on recent events and the implications for American politics, and the changing role of the United States in the world. Students are encouraged to link current politics to American films, novels and music.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKumuda Simpson-Gray

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL3IAP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAmerican politics and societyRecommendedMcKay, D.BLACKWELL 2005
ReadingsMore equal than others: America from Nixon to the new centuryPreliminaryHodgson, G.PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS 2004

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Complete written work that makes use of the diverse sources relating to American politics

Activities:
Exam essay

02. Complete written work that shows an understanding of the contemporary dynamics of American politics

Activities:
Exam essay

03. Complete written work that shows an understanding of the political institutions and recent history of the US

Activities:
Essay, exam

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKumuda Simpson-Gray

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 2,000-word essay50 01, 02, 03
one 2-hour examination (equivalent to 2000 words)50 01, 02, 03