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 Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

1. The US Constitution

2. US Federalism

3. How Congress is Organized

4. Congress and the Presidency

5. Presidential Power

6. President and Congress

7. How the Supreme Court Works

8. The Supreme Court and Public Opinion

9. Lower Courts

10. Issues in Public Policy

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22The module will be taught through 11 weekly 2 hour seminars (starting week 1) over one term, in which we discuss the topics and materials.
Guided Independent study128Private study – reading and preparing for seminars (around 6 hours of reading and note-taking per seminar); researching and writing essay (around 50 hours researching, planning and writing the essay). Around 12 hours researching (6 hours) planning (3 hours) and writing (3 hours) presentation.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).