What is the course about?
This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewnig its structure and constituent parts.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The origins of U.S. government and American democracy
- The three branches of government and Separation of Powers
- Federal vs State government powers
- Voting system and role of the Electoral College.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe the formation of government in the U.S.A.
- Identify the three branches of government and what the 'Separation of Powers' means
- Understand the nature of each of the component parts of the government and what their functions are.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will
need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of
enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of
our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views
with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be delivered through lectures accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety of maps, images, video and text throughout the sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. If you would like to take any notes, do bring some pen and paper with you to class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For other American history and politics courses that may be of interest to you see the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk.