GV261-5-AU-CO:
American Elections, Polarization, (In)Equality, and Presidents

The details
2022/23
Government
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 16 December 2022
15
19 May 2022

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module is designed to promote strong analytic thinking with respect to political institutions in the United States (e.g. Presidency, Congress, Electoral Campaigns, and other American institutions). 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.

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

1. To learn about and understand key features of American politics and the political system
2. To learn how to use quantitative data to understand American politics
3. To learn how to write about data within essays and to use data to support an argument
4. To develop writing and analytic skills

Module information

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Learning and teaching methods

The module will be run as in a weekly seminar format with an introduction to the topic and students expected to engage in discussion for the remaining time. Active participation is required.

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay  16/01/2023  65% 
Practical   Presentation  12/12/2022  35% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Lawrence Ezrow, email: ezrow@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Lawrence Ezrow
Module Supervisor: Professor Lawrence Ezrow - ezrow@essex.ac.uk / Module Administrator: Jasini Hobbs - govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
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External examiner

Dr Edward Morgan-Jones
University of Kent
Reader in Comparative Politics
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
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