American Political System

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    American Political System

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, Government, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    To examine the key features of the contemporary US political system and to account for the development of the system over time. To investigate the context in which the US Constitution was established and to analyse the system of separation of powers and checks and balances. To identify the main political parties in the US, to consider their policies, and to account for their electoral success and failure. To evaluate interest group politics in the US and the role of lobbying

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify the key institutions of the US political system
    2. Account for the dynamics of political competition in the US
    3. Acquire an insight into the development of the US political system
    4. Engage in logical thinking via class simulations

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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