Governments and Politics of the USA

As taught Autumn Semester 2010
Dr Sue Pryce, School of Politics and International Relations

This is a self-contained study of the institutions and processes of the government and politics of the United States. It explores the concepts of limited government, constitutionalism and checks and balances, and the way in which they operate in the American political system.

It examines how American governments seek to make policy, the extent to which they can make an impact on society and the different types of constraints on their actions. It also looks at democracy in the American context, how citizens attempt to influence the activities of government and their expectations and beliefs about what is the appropriate role of government.

Module Code: M12019
Year: 2010/11
Suitable for study at: Undergraduate level 1

Method and frequency of class: 2 x 1 hour Lectures per week and 1 x 2 hour workshop per week

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Target Students: Students from the following Schools/Departments:

  • Politics,American Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Studies
  • Available to JYA/Erasmus students
Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Offering School: Politics and International Relations