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Course Code: POLS511 Course ID: 3552 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the organization and behavior of political parties and interest groups within the American political system. The course emphasizes the extent to which these organizations operate differently across the national, state, and local levels of government.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
09/26/2022 - 03/03/2023 03/06/2023 - 04/30/2023 March Winter 2023 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objective 1: Analyze the past and future of the American party system.

Course Objective 2: Investigate the role of race, age, gender, class, and occupation in voting behavior.

Course Objective 3: Consider the advantages and disadvantages of various party nomination systems.

Course Objective 4: Debate the role of political parties in presidential nominations.

Course Objective 5: Understand the history of major party performance in the Electoral College.

Course Objective 6: Dissect the theory and practice of responsible party government.

Course Objective 7: Apply pluralist theory, disturbance theory, and collective action theory to contemporary American politics.

Course Objective 8: Identify the four major types of political action committees, with examples.

Course Requirements: You final grade is a compilation of the following:

Forum Participation. Questions are posted for you to research and discuss. You are expected to post your initial response by Friday at 11:55 pm and reply substantively to your classmates by Sunday at 11:55 pm.

Research paper: A 3000-3500 word research paper is due Sunday at 11:55 of the seventh week. Topics must be approved by the professor. Possible topics include:

-campaign finance

-super PACs

-party in the electorate

-party as an organization

-parties in government

-Congressional parties

-presidents and political parties

-critical elections/ partisan realignment

-third parties

-independent voters

-theories of interest groups

-interest group society critiques

-interest group entrepreneurs

-lobbying regulations

-analyze the goals and strategies of a specific interest group

Final Exam. There will be an open book essay final exam, with two essay questions. The exam is due Sunday at 11:55 pm of the eighth week.

NameGrade %
Discussions 50.00 %
Week 1: The American Party System 8.33 %
Week 2: Voting Behavior 8.33 %
Week 3: Party Nomination Systems 8.33 %
Week 4: Political Parties and Presidential Nominations 8.33 %
Week 5: Political Parties and the General Election 8.33 %
Week 6: Responsible Party Government 8.33 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %

Course Objective 1: Analyze the past and future of the American party system.

Course Objective 2: Investigate the role of race, age, gender, class, and occupation in voting behavior.

Course Objective 3: Consider the advantages and disadvantages of various party nomination systems.

Course Objective 4: Debate the role of political parties in presidential nominations.

Course Objective 5: Understand the history of major party performance in the Electoral College.

Course Objective 6: Dissect the theory and practice of responsible party government.

Course Objective 7: Apply pluralist theory, disturbance theory, and collective action theory to contemporary American politics.

Course Objective 8: Identify the four major types of political action committees, with examples.

Book Title:The American Political Party System : Continuity and Change Over Ten Presidential Elections (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
ISBN:9780815726371
Publication Info:Brookings Institution Press Lib
Author:Jackson, John S.
 
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Author: No Author Specified
 
Book Title:A History of the U.S. Political System : Ideas, Interests, and Institutions (e-book available through the APUS Online Library)
ISBN:9781851097135
Publication Info:ABC CLIO Lib
Author:Tichenor, D. and Harris, R.
Unit Cost:$326.40
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.