Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3122: American Democracy and the Challenges of the 21st Century: The Presidency, Congress, and the Courts

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive examination of the political institutions of the United States, from their foundations with the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, through to the way contemporary institutions operate, to debates about gun control and health care. This module aims to enable you to use theories and findings from the study of US Politics to understand politics in each of the domains we study. You will also survey classic and contemporary work in these fields.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate detailed knowledge of the major theories of US Politics on the presidency, Congress and the courts, through oral and written work;
2. critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different theories and research in the study of the presidency, Congress and the courts;
3. apply a range of theories about US Politics to historical and contemporary issues in public opinion, media and elections;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate expertise and the ability to use key concepts pertaining to US Politics in oral and written work;
5. synthesize and critique a variety of theories and arguments in the field in your written work;
6. demonstrate a deep understanding of the implications of new evidence for a given theory in your oral and written work;
7. demonstrate that you understand different methods of research in the field and their implications for findings in your oral and written work;
Personal and Key Skills8. work independently and in groups, including presentations for class discussion, and in spontaneous discussion and defence of arguments in class, and to manage conflict;
9. demonstrate oral and written analytical and organizational skills in essays, group presentations and group discussion;
10. write essays to a deadline.