This unit introduces students to US political institutions and political culture. The unit will examine the electoral system and recent presidential elections as well as presidencies from 1960 onwards. It will explore US public policies in the area of race, welfare, and criminal justice and analyse how policy ideas and proposals come into law. It will also introduce the dominant ideologies in US politics. By the end of the unit students will have a comprehensive understanding of American Domestic politics.
1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week
1x2000-2500wd major paper (45%), 1x2hr exam (45%) and participation (10%)
18 Junior credit points or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies