- Code POLS2127
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Shawn Treier
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2016
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This course provides an introduction to U.S. political behaviour and institutions. We will discuss the design and rationale for the U.S. political system and the implications it has for both citizen involvement and governing. We will also examine how reforms to governmental institutions and processes influence the way citizens interact with government. Throughout the course we will make comparisons between the U.S. system and other democracies around the world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Having successfully completed this course, students should have acquired the following skills:
1. Knowledge: a good working knowledge of the American political system and its institutions, public opinion and elections
2. Empirical: ability to integrate evidence from different sources in order to generalise about American politics and behaviour
3. Analysis: ability to explain the consequences of America’s unique design
4. Evaluation: ability to explain how political attitudes and behaviour are affected by institutional arrangements.
Indicative AssessmentParticipation through online discussion forum (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Seminar group presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
1000-1750 word essay (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
2000-2500 word essay (25%)[Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Final Exam (3 hours, in the examination period) 35% [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
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Three hour workshop each week. Students are expected to undertake 7 hours of independent study a week including reading and preparing essays.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Selected readings from:
Brunell, Thomas L. 2008. Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America. Routledge. (available as an ebook through the library)
Dahl, Robert A. 2002. How Democratic is the American Constitution? New Haven: Yale University Press.
Dalton, Russell J. 2008. The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation is Reshaping American Politics. CQ Press.
Fiorina, Morris P. 2010. Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America. 3rd Edition. Longman Press.
Gelman, Andrew. 2008. Red State, Blue State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do. Princeton University Press.
Streb, Matthew J. 2008. Rethinking American Electoral Democracy. Routledge
Wattenberg, Martin P. 2008. Is Voting for Young People? Longman Press.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3563||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|