POL2022 : Government and Politics of the USA
POL2022 : Government and Politics of the USA
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr James Bilsland
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
- Capacity limit: 120 student places
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
There are two main aims for this course. First, to develop a well-informed, critical and conceptually sophisticated understanding of US government and politics. Second, to foster an improved grasp of the discipline of politics, especially the concepts, models, theories and methods appropriate to the study of US politics.
Outline Of Syllabus
Topics covered may include: 1. Background: History, Culture, Society, 2. The Constitution of the United States, 3. Federalism and the States, 4. The President, 5. The Congress, 6. The Supreme Court, 7. Elections & Voting, 8. Interest Groups, 9. The Media & Politics, 10. Foreign Policy.
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
Following satisfactory progress with this module, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate a confident, well-informed and up-to-date knowledge of US government, politics and policy-making.
• Research and discuss specific aspects of US government and politics competently, both orally and on paper.
• Go on to undertake independent project work on US government and politics, should they wish to do so.
Intended Skill Outcomes
Following satisfactory progress with this module, students should develop:
• Enhanced writing skills.
• Enhanced skill in oral discussion.
• Enhanced skills in analysing, synthesising and critically applying information
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||Present-in-person lecture|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Present-in-person seminar|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||3||1:00||3:00||Online synchronous Q&A drop-in surgery feedback hour with module leader|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||167:00||167:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures focus on political and academic debates concerning American politics. Small group teaching seeks to deepen students' engagement with the subject matter, to provide opportunities for questions, and to facilitate learning through debate and discussion. The drop in surgery allows students to ask staff further questions. Guided independent study encourages deeper reflection on key issues in US politics.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||A||50||Unseen written exam - see rationale.|
|PC Examination||90||1||A||50||OLAF Exam - Multiple Choice Paper|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The module employs a mix of assessment methods to allow the student to demonstrate their overall level of attainment in relation to intended learning outcomes for this module. The multiple choice exam tests relevant factual knowledge. The student's grasp of specific issues in American politics, and ability to discuss them in a relevant, knowledgeable, critical and coherent manner under time constraint, are tested in the unseen examination.
Feedback will be provided to students in a number of ways. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions during seminars. They will also be able to receive feedback during feedback hours.
If the public health situation deteriorates and in person exams cannot take place, then POL2022 has alternative assessments available. The alternative assessment for the OLAF exam is a 24 hour take home exam with a word limit of 1,500 worth 40%. The alternative exam for the unseen written exam is a 48 hour take home exam with a word limit of 2,000 worth 60%.
Mock multiple choice exam questions will be posted on Canvas to give students an opportunity to experience and practice answering the types of question they will be asked on the OLAF multiple choice exam.
Past Exam Papers
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