AIP208 - Government and Politics of the United States
2023 unit information
|Enrolment modes:||Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online|
|Unit Chair:||Trimester 1: Zim Nwokora|
|Typical study commitment:|
Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
|Scheduled learning activities - campus:|
1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week
|Scheduled learning activities - online:|
1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week
This unit aims to provide a rigorous introduction to the government and politics of the United States. Students will be introduced to influential political theories that explain how institutions such as Congress and the presidency work, and why policy-making in America is complex and often challenging. Historical material will be studied to explore change and continuity in American institutions, from independence to the controversies of the Donald Trump presidency and beyond. Students will read media commentary to understand such topics as the politics of gun control and election campaign strategies, but they will also be encouraged to think critically about this commentary, drawing on their theoretical and historical knowledge. The course will be structured around key political institutions and policy areas as it considers the turbulent struggles for power in American politics. Students will gain a rich understanding of American democracy and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century.
|ULO||These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can:||Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes|
Review and analyse major theoretical, conceptual, and policy debates about the American political system
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of research on American politics, while deploying political concepts, theories and technical knowledge in different written formats
Analyse and critically evaluate different interpretations of American politics
GLO4: Critical thinking
Generate and evaluate solutions to complex problems of about American government and politics
GLO5: Problem solving
|Assessment Description||Student output||Grading and weighting |
(% total mark for unit)
|Indicative due week|
|Assessment 1 - Report||1500 words |
|Assessment 2 - Essay||2500 words |
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIP208
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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