- Class Number 3094
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Shawn Treier
- Dr Shawn Treier
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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:
- a good working knowledge of the American political system and its institutions, public opinion and elections;
- ability to integrate evidence from different sources in order to generalise about American politics and behaviour;
- ability to explain the consequences of America’s unique design; and
- ability to explain how political attitudes and behaviour are affected by institutional arrangements.
Ken Kollman. 2017. The American Political System. Core 3rdEdition. W.W. Norton & Company
A few other readings (from The Federalist Papers) are listed in the schedule. There will be other required readings each week, which will be available on Wattle and announced the previous week (or earlier).
We will also watch segments of the PBS documentary Vote for Me: Politics in America (1996), including the entirety of Part 4. The following links will be available through Wattle, but here are the transcripts for purposes of post-viewing study:
The second edition of the required textbook and the textbook required in previous years will both be held on reserve at Chifley Library:
Ken Kollman. 2015. The American Political System. Core 2ndEdition. W.W. Norton & Company.
Samuel Kernell, Gary C. Jacobson, Thad Kousser and Lynn Vavreck. 2017. The Logic of American Politics, 8thedition. CQ Press.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments, with occasional feedback to the whole class
- verbal feedback is available through individual meeting.
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The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Constitution and Bill of Rights|
|3||Federalism, Judiciary (Civil Liberties online only)|
|5||Congress, Judicial Appointments|
|6||Presidency and Bureaucracy||Essay 1 due|
|7||Interest Groups and Political Parties|
|8||Public Opinion, 2016 Elections|
|9||Presidential Elections, Electoral College|
|10||Congressional Elections, Campaign Finance|
|12||Turnout and Political Participation, Mass Media, Final Review||Essay 2 due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Essay 1||25 %||04/04/2019||26/04/2019||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Essay 2||30 %||30/05/2019||13/06/2019||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Participation||10 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1, 2, 3, 4|
|In-Class Exam||35 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1, 2, 3, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
The student must write an essay (1000-1750 words). Guidelines for the essay will be issued at the beginning of the course. The essay is due Thursday 4 April at 4pm. Don’t leave until the last second; once it ticks over to 16:01, it is one day late.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
The student must write an essay (2000-2500 words) answering an important question concerning U.S. Politics. Guidelines for the essay will be issued later in the course. The essay is due Thursday 30 May at 4pm. Don’t leave until the last second; once it ticks over to 16:01, it is one day late.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Participation is based on your involvement in class discussions. During the two hour lecture, students are frequently separated into small groups to discuss reading or to work together in solving problems. Exercises completed by the groups will be submitted during the period, with every member of the group receiving the same mark. More extensive group exercises occur during the workshop, and are also submitted during the period.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
The final exam will consist of short answer and short essay questions, and will be held during the examination period. The exam will not be take-home.
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Dr Shawn Treier