Module Details

GV369-6-SP-CO: American Political Institutions

Year: 2016/17
Department: Government
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: Yes

Supervisor: Professor Lawrence Ezrow
Teaching Staff: Professor Lawrence Ezrow
Contact details: Professor Lawrence Ezrow: Module Administrator: Sallyann West, Administrator Sallyann West sawest (add

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

American Political Institutions is designed to promote strong analytic thinking with respect to political institutions in the United States (e.g. Congress, Presidency, Electoral Campaigns, etc.). Students should be reasonably familiar with the American political system so that these topics can be studied in more depth than a general introduction class. After taking the class, students should be able to have a strong working knowledge of the American political system, and they should also be able to understand how research takes place within each topic area.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module will be structured like a graduate seminar on special topics in the United States. In essence, there will be a mix of lecturing and class discussion to suit the topic being addressed in a particular week.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


One essay 70% Presentation 20% Participation and Attendance to class 10%

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • Grofman, Bernard. 2004. "Downs and Two-Party Convergence." Annual Review of Political Science
  • Barber, Michael, and Nolan McCarty. 2013. "Causes and Consequences of Polarization." In Negotiating Agreement in Politics, eds. Jane Mansbridge and Cathie Jo Martin. Washington D.C.: American Political Science Association.
  • Gilens, Martin, and Benjamin Page. 2014. "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens." Perspectives on Politics.

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