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HIS-319-20, The American Presidency (FA14)

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Hoovler

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Saturday/8:30–11:15AM, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18.

CONTENT:

It is designed for the CAUS independent learner and does assume a basic understanding of the American political system. The course will give historical perspective on the presidential electoral process, presidential roles and powers, the components of the executive branch, and domestic (including budgeting) and foreign/military policies. The course will be also be interested in the president’s evolving relationship with congress.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand and assess the presidential electoral system.
  • Understand and assess presidential powers and the checks on those powers.
  • Understand and assess the various components of the executive bureaucracy.
  • Understand and assess the president’s role in domestic and foreign policy.

METHODS:

  1. lecture
  2. discussion

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

  1. Class Participation — 10%
  2. Essay Examination — 20%
  3. Assessment Paper, (4 pages) — 20%
  4. Assessment Paper, (4 pages) — 25%
  5. Essay Examination — 25%

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes. If a student is unable to attend the first class, they should not register for this class. Absences in subsequent classes require documentation (e.g. documented illness). Students are expected to arrive on time to class.

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Edwards, George and Stephen Wayne, Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policy Making, 9th ed. Wadsworth, 2014.

This is a web enhanced course with a few articles on Joule.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Edwards/Wayne, Presidential Leadership, Ch. 1 and pages 214-225.