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PO207 - Politics of the U.S.A.

  • Module code: PO207
  • Module name: Politics of the U.S.A.
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 15, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to: Provide students with a comprehensive overview of how government and politics are organised in the United States, focusing on the federal level; Introduce students to the complex and distinct nature of American political institutions, along with their historical and ideational basis; Locate contemporary US politics within the context of the theoretical debates on the nature of the US political system, and its relation with the rest of the world.

Principal learning outcomes

The learning objectives of the module are: to be familiar with the main foundations of the US political structure; to understand the format, functions and powers of the major institutions of US government at the federal level; to have an awareness of the major policy debates in contemporary US politics; to be familiar with a wide range of contemporary academic literature on US government and politics; to be able to critically analyse complex ideas, both orally and in writing, with relation to contemporary US politics.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is taught through a combination of a weekly one-hour lecture and a compulsory one-hour seminar in terms 1 and 2.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studyundergrad/ugmodules/po207

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PO207-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: PO207-30)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (LM1H) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (M160) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German (M164) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies (M166) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Comparative American Studies (Q405) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with International Studies (R1MA) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 2