Modern American Politics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern American Politics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, International Politics, International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 100-level POLS/INTP pts;

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    An introduction to modern American politics, with a particular focus on the continued development of America's system of government. The course examines major political themes in US politics against the background of the relationships between different branches of government under the US Constitution. 100% internal assessment. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in INTP. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a good understanding of the basic features of the government and political system of the United States of America;
    2. demonstrate a good understanding of themes and information presented in the set text;
    3. write a well-organised, well-written, well-researched essay on an aspect of U.S. politics.

    Research Proposal- 15%
    Research Essay- 60%
    In-class Test- 25%

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