American Government and Politics|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
An introduction to American national institutions and the policy process, the focus of this course is on the institutions and actors who make, interpret, and enforce our laws: Congress, the presidency, the courts, and the bureaucracy. The course will critically assess the perennial conflict over executive, legislative, and judicial power and the implications of the rise of the administrative state for a democratic order. This course is designed specifically for first-year students.
Logical Reasoning, Writing
Through analyses of primary and secondary material on constitutional and political issues.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEC)(GOVT)(GOVT-American)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bianco, William T. and David T. Cannon. AMERICAN POLITICS TODAY, CORE SECOND EDITION. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
Johnson, Dennis. CAMPAIGNING IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME? New York: Routledge, 2011.
|Examination and Assignments: |
One midterm and a series of elections assignments. No final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
In the first half of the course, students will engage in a series of lectures and discussions covering core topics in American politics. In the second half of the course, students will learn about the dynamics of the American electoral campaign process through active participation in a structured election simulation.
|Instructor(s): Rim,Kathy Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 33||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 15||FR: 18|