American Political Institutions

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
04 January 2021


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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. Particularly, this module offered in this semester will focus on American Congress.

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

• Students will gain an understanding of the role of political institutions in shaping the dynamics of American government, public policy, and political behaviour.
• Students will learn about a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of American institutions.
• Students will learn to think critically and analytically both about American institutions themselves and the bodies of research that seek to understand these institutions.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered with (i) a weekly pre-recorded lecture and (ii) a weekly interactive lecture. The pre-recorded lecture will consist of one or more items of prepared content that students can access electronically and must study before the interactive lecture. The interactive lecture will consist of one 50-minute lecture in which students can ask questions about, and discuss various aspects of, the prepared content with the module supervisor.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Moodle Test 1     30% 
Coursework   Moodle Test 2    30% 
Coursework   Essay  12/03/2021  40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ju Park, email: jp20761@essex.ac.uk.
jp20761@essex.ac.uk. Administrator Edmund Walker, govquery@essex.ac.uk Dr Ju Park jp20761@essex.ac.uk. Module Administrator: Edmund Walker govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Arzu Kibris
University of Warwick
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 105 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
105 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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