GV369-6-SP-CO: American Political Institutions
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
Royce Carroll: firstname.lastname@example.org
Module Administrator: Sallyann West, email@example.com
Administrator Sallyann West sawest (add @essex.ac.uk)
|Module is taught during the following terms
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%
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
- Shugart, M.S., Lijphart, A. and Grofman, B., 2014. A different democracy: American government in a 31-country perspective. Yale University Press.
- Gilens, Martin, and Benjamin Page. 2014. "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens." Perspectives on Politics.