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Fall 2021

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POS210 - The American Presidency

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the historical foundations, theoretical aspects, and the powers of the presidency. Students will explore the various models of presidential power, the major issues scholars are investigating, and will complete a project based on observation, hypothesis development, collection of data, evaluation of evidence, and interpretive analysis. (This course will only be offered in the spring semester of a presidential election year.)

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Describe the Constitutional basis for the American presidency and its historical origins.
2. Appraise how media and popular culture influence the presidency and how it has changed over time.
3. Explain the process of electing presidents and how it has changed over time.
4. Explain how various presidents interpret and exercise political power.
5. Explain the Constitutional relationship between the executive and the other branches of government and how various presidents have negotiated these relationships.
6. Evaluate historical evidence for bias or perspective.


Effective Term: Fall 2019