PIR-30117 - The U.S. Presidency
Coordinator: Jonathan N Herbert Room: CBB2.027 Tel: +44 1782 7 33539
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

American Studies Combined Honours (Level 6)
American Studies Major (Level 6)
American Studies Minor (Level 6)
American Studies Single Honours (Level 6)
International Relations Combined Honours (Level 6)
International Relations Major (Level 6)
International Relations Minor (Level 6)
International Relations Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Masters) (Level 6)
Politics Combined Honours (Level 6)
Politics Major (Level 6)
Politics Minor (Level 6)
Politics Single Honours (Level 6)


Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2019/20

The high profile of the U.S. presidency is undeniable. Whether occupied by an Obama or a Trump, the office is also perceived as one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Yet, in a political system designed around a separation of powers, the capacity to lead is not guaranteed. This module allows you to consider the different techniques presidents use to lead and whether those techniques work.
The module is taught in two-hour seminars and is assessed by two case studies to be chosen by, and researched by, the student . The case studies are an opportunity to examine presidential leadership in a series of policy areas of your choice.

Aims
This module aims to equip students with,
a. knowledge of academic studies of the U.S. presidency
b. the capacity to apply the models outlined in those studies
c. the capacity to evaluate those studies' strengths and weaknesses.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/pir-30117/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

Apply political science theory to classify presidential behaviours.
: 1,2
Write short, direct reports on the results of their research.
: 1,2
Offer informed analysis on the capacity of presidents to pursue particular strategies of policy leadership.
: 1,2
Identify strengths and weaknesses in theories of presidential leadership.
: 1,2
Pursue independent research on presidential conduct in a policy area of their choice.: 1,2

Study hours

Seminars: 20 hours
Seminar Preparation: 50 hours
Case Study Preparations: 80 hours

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Case Study weighted 40%
Research on, and analysis of, one example of presidential behaviour.
The Case Study is a 1,500 word analysis of either, a recent presidential election result or, a presidential attempt to lead legislative change in Congress. Students will be presented with a list of potential case studies to choose from. They will be asked to consider our current understandings of presidential conduct and apply their ideas in explaining recent events.

2: Case Study weighted 60%
A 1,750 Word Case Study considering presidential leadership of either public or bureaucracy.
The second Case Study is a 1,750 word analysis of either, a recent presidential attempt to lead public opinion or, a presidential deployment of executive power. Students will be presented with a further list of potential case studies to choose from. They will be asked to consider our current understandings of presidential conduct and apply their ideas in explaining recent events.