POLS-Y 661: American Politics

This course examines one of the institutions central to our government – the presidency. The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the development of the institution of the U.S. presidency, its powers and limitations, and its role in American politics. The study of the presidency can be done through one of two ways.

First, one can study the institution of the presidency itself. This method will look at how the office of the presidency has grown, and how presidents interact with various actors in the political system, including the voter, Congress, the press, the bureaucracy, the courts, political parties, etc. This method ignores how individual presidents have helped to shape the office (for good or ill).

The second method of studying the presidency is historically. This method does look at individual presidents and how each one has helped to shape the office and his times. This method ignores the office of the presidency itself. It fails to recognize that the office of the presidency is something bigger than any one particular person. What we will seek to do this semester is to forge a path that links these two methods. We will spend a lot of time looking at the institution itself, but we will also study how individual presidents have been important in how the office looks and functions today.

Please review the syllabus for full course information.

This is a Full Semester course. Participants may register for one Full Semester course OR one course each in Fall I and Fall II.

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POLS TBD (Summer 2023)


Indiana University

Instructor: Professor Joe Wert

Graduate Credits: 3

Semester: Fall 2022 – Full Semester

Dates: 8/22/22 – 12/18/22

Format: Online Asynchronous

Prerequisite: Qualified to teach content area

Graduate Certificate Available: Yes

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