United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    United States Politics: Money, Culture, Power

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, Intelligence Studies, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    39 credit points or 6 credit points in HIST of MHIS or POL units at 200 level including 3 credit points in POL

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    US politics is today, as in much of its past, dominated by money and the power that money can buy. US cultural life is also preoccupied with money, in ways that profoundly affect the distribution of political power. Proceeding from these premises, this unit explores the relationship between money, culture and power in contemporary US politics. Topics covered include campaign financing, interest groups and the media; the impact of social inequalities of class, race, gender and sexual preference on US politics; the role of religion and political parties in the formulation of dominant political ideas; and the politics surrounding the global financial crisis and its aftermath.

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.