Course Code: POLS630 Course ID: 3556 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate
This course offers a perspective on the U.S. presidency that examines the institutional development while assessing the leadership behavior of office holders from George Washington through the present. Through reading, studying, and reflecting upon Presidential administrations and Presidential leadership styles, students will examine the development of the presidency and the role of the President in U.S. government and abroad.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|01/25/21 - 07/02/21||07/05/21 - 08/29/21||Summer 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|04/26/21 - 10/01/21||10/04/21 - 11/28/21||Fall 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
- Explain the historical evolution of the presidency.
- Examine the effects of the Progressive Era on the role of the president.
- Assess the power of the executive branch in relation to the legislative and judicial branches.
- Analyze presidential actions available to address a major policy issue.
- Judge whether the imperial presidency construct has been affected more by the actions of individual presidents or by growing US global prominence.
- Appraise the significance of the Vesting Clause in the Constitution.
- Critique presidential leadership in forming legislation.
- Generate an original hypothesis to explain relationships between presidential actions and historical events.
There are three evaluative components to this course: (1) eight Forum assignments (40% of total grade), (2) a mid-term essay exam (20%), (3) a research project (20%), and (4) a final essay exam (20%).
(1) Forums. There are eight weeks of forum discussion questions based on readings. For full credit and to facilitate the best learning environment please follow these guidelines.
Weekly Forum Guidelines:
- You are expected to post an initial response to each forum question by 11:55 pm ET on Fridays. All Forums should be at least 500 words in length. Note: This is a guideline to help avoid last minute posts and optimal discussion.
- You must post replies, of at least 150 words, to your fellow classmates by Sunday, 11:55 PM Eastern Time. See the forum rubric for details.
(2) Mid-term Essay Exam. In Week 4, a mid-term essay exam consisting of 2 questions will be assigned. The mid-term exam represents 20% of your grade. Access to the mid-term exam is limited to Week 4 only.
(3) Research Project: Alternative Explanation for Presidential Actions. At the end of Week 7 (11:55 pm ET), your research project is due. This project represents 20% of your grade. Several milestones will be announced throughout the course to keep you on track.
(4) Final Essay Exam. In Week 8, a final essay exam consisting of 2 questions will be assigned. The final exam represents 20% of your grade. Access to the final exam is limited to Week 8 only.
Articles and journals assigned throughout the class.
|Book Title:||Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*|
Not current for future courses.