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.
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; recall and referendums
- Current issues: eg health-care debate.
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 issues raised in the 2014 mid-term elections and how they might effect the next presidential election
- Discuss the relationship between state level government and the federal level government.
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 a presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety 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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details