GV963-7-FY-CO:
United States Politics

The details
2020/21
Government
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
30
05 June 2020

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

MA L24512 United States Politics

Module description

United States Politics is designed to survey a wide range of topics in the study of political institutions, policy-making, and elections in the United States. The module explores the American political system with a focus on providing students with a deep understanding of both theoretical perspectives and contemporary practical issues facing the US political system, as well as providing a framework for students to develop an original perspective on each.

The module focuses on analysing the origins and logic of the US policy-making process, the means by which political actors seek power and influence in the American system, and the state of democratic representation American society. Students will gain a strong working knowledge of the American political system and an understanding of
approaches to research on this topic area.

Module aims

The module provides MA students with a framework to analyse the politics of the United States and the background necessary to conduct academic and professional research on this topic. The module surveys the political science research on the behaviour and institutions of the United States political system and provides an opportunity to apply research skills and derive original insights into the topic. Students will develop skills suited to academic and professional analysis of the political context in the US from an international perspective.

Module learning outcomes

1. Students will learn political science theory relating the political behaviour, institutions and policy-making of the United States.
2. Students will develop analytical skills to understand how theories and literature in political behaviour, policy-making and institutions.
3. Students will be able to employ research design and analysis skills to a topic in Unites States Politics.

Module information

Module Description

United States Politics is designed to survey a wide range of topics in the study of political institutions, policy-making, and elections in the United States. The module explores the American political system with a focus on providing students with a deep understanding of both theoretical perspectives and contemporary practical issues facing the US political system, as well as providing a framework for students to develop an original perspective on each.

The module focuses on analysing the origins and logic of the US policy-making process, the means by which political actors seek power and influence in the American system, and the state of democratic representation American society. Students will gain a strong working knowledge of the American political system and an understanding of
approaches to research on this topic area.

Aims

The module provides MA students with a framework to analyse the politics of the United States and the background necessary to conduct academic and professional research on this topic. The module surveys the political science research on the behaviour and institutions of the United States political system and provides an opportunity to apply research skills and derive original insights into the topic. Students will develop skills suited to academic and professional analysis of the political context in the US from an international perspective.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will learn political science theory relating the political behaviour, institutions and policy-making of the United States.
2. Students will develop analytical skills to understand how theories and literature in political behaviour, policy-making and institutions.
3. Students will be able to employ research design and analysis skills to a topic in Unites States Politics.

Module Structure and Teaching

This module will be delivered with a two-hour weekly seminar that will be live streamed to students off-campus. It is required that all students engage in critical and thoughtful debate about each week's material. The instructor will lecture for a portion of each session on the general topic and the remainder will be focused on student discussion of specific readings. Students should formulate questions and topics for discussion regarding the reading. All students should come prepared to participate in thoughtful exploration of the week's topic, having read all the weekly material.


Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered with a two-hour weekly seminar that will be live streamed to students off-campus. It is required that all students engage in critical and thoughtful debate about each week's material. The instructor will lecture for a portion of each session on the general topic and the remainder will be focused on student discussion of specific readings. Students should formulate questions and topics for discussion regarding the reading. All students should come prepared to participate in thoughtful exploration of the week's topic, having read all the weekly material.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay 1    17% 
Coursework   Essay 2    11% 
Coursework   Essay 3    44% 
Practical   Autumn Seminar Leadership    14% 
Practical   Spring Seminar Leadership    14% 
Practical   Presentation    0% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Royce Carroll, email: r.carroll@essex.ac.uk.
Royce Carroll
Module Supervisor Professor Royce Carroll r.carroll@essex.ac.uk or Module Administrator Jamie Seakens (govpgquery@essex.ac.uk)

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

Dr Nicholas Walter Vivyan
University of Durham
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 38 (95%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Government

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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