American political institutions

Course Dates: 01/10/20 - 22/10/20
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Online

This four-week, lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewing its structure and constituent parts. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


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:


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Fascinating and very well taught introduction to the key US political institutions. I now have a much better understanding of the workings of the US government, at this critical time in its history.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/02/2019)
Good concise introduction to the American Political System
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/02/2019)
Very Informative & interesting
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/02/2019)
Excellent introduction to the subject which will leave you looking to further courses on American politics and history
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/02/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Mark Malcomson

Mark is the Principal of City Lit, having previously been the Director of Executive Education at London Business School and President of the New York Institute of Finance. He teaches American history and politics at City Lit, concentrating on the lives of Presidents, as well as how the US political system and institutions work. He has lived and worked in both New York and Chicago, is married to an American and visits regularly. Mark possesses a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh; a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde; and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Kent. Mark was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to adult education.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HPC50

Thu, day, 01 Oct - 22 Oct '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £30.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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