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Module Title LI Introduction to American Politics
SchoolSchool of Govt and Society
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 23898
Module Lead Dr Watt
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module provides students with an introduction to the nature of the U.S. Political system. This course examines the political thought underpinning the formation of the American Republic. It then examines the key institutions of this system. Finally, the image of American Politics is tested through the examination of several on-going political issues.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key institutions of US politics
  • Provide a critical understanding of the dynamic and unique nature of US politics
  • Realise the centrality of the US Constitution in US political processes
  • Understand the key role that Federalism plays in the dynamics of US politics
Assessment 23898-01 : 2000 word essay (summative) : Coursework (50%)
23898-03 : 2 hour examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 1 x 2000 word essay 50% 2 hour examination 50% reassessment: 2hr Examination
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