American Politics

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    American Politics

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Intro to Politics

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

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

    The course provides a broad overview of all key aspects of contemporary American politics, including governmental and non-governmental institutions, elections and voting behaviour, and policy-making.

    The course provides a broad overview of all key aspects of contemporary American politics, including governmental and non-governmental institutions, elections and voting behaviour and policy-making. It is set, implicitly, within a comparative context in order to analyse the similarities and differences between the American political system and equivalent advanced industrial nations in Western Europe. The US is often held up as the epitome of a free and democratic republic, and the course will critically examine this claim - as the world?s most powerful and wealthy nation-state, it is important that we have a grasp of its role in twenty first century global politics. As Obama continues his presidency - what are the key challenges facing the 44th incumbent of the Oval Office, in terms of formulating public policy, and how dependent is he on the other branches of the political system i.e. Congress, the Supreme Court, and the states? Overall, the course will familiarise students with the main features of the American political system, teach them about the methodology that lies behind the academic study of an advanced industrial political system, and equip them to analyse the related issues in a critical way.

    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    ? Outline the political institutions of the United States.
    ? Understand the political-cultural conditions which sustain those institutions.
    ? Explain political change in the United States.
    ? Compare the American political system to those of the advanced industrialised countries of Western Europe.

    An essay of 2,000-2,500 words counts for 50% of the final grade with 50% based on an unseen two-hour exam in which students must tackle two questions.

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.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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