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Political Science: American Political System

POLS 021 OL1 (CRN: 60327)

3 Credit Hours

About POLS 021 OL1

Institutions, processes, and problems of American government.


Dates: July 1 - August 9, 2019

Section Description

This section of POLS 021 covers the following subjects: the beginnings of the US system, checks and balances with an eye towards changes in presidential power, federalism, and rights. The final assignment is a review of Richard Neustadt's Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents, which ties the earlier course materials together and provides a template for assessing the current period of politics.

Section Expectation

Students are expected to complete all the assigned readings. The readings provide the information students need to complete two weekly essay questions for the first four weeks of the course and the last week’s review of Richard Neustadt’s Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents (ISBN-13: 978-0029227961). The primary text is Theodore Lowi et al’s American Government: Power and Purpose (ISBN-13: 978-0393283761). Additional readings are uploaded on blackboard. The course included specific instructions on essay writing to aid the student in the course and beyond.


Evaluation is based on assessment of weekly essays.




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