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PSC 305 - The American Presidency

(3 units)
Study of the American presidency from 1787 to the present. Analysis of the powers of the President and the relationship of the office to the American political system.

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Spring

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. articulate and evaluate the constitutional basis and historical development of the office of President including how differing interpretations of the constitution and specific events have shaped the office.
2. discuss factors which shape the Presidential selection process including the role of structural, personal and partisan characteristics.
3. articulate an outline of the basic organization of the White House; key staff positions (and their roles) attributes of staff; and how Presidents handle personal conflicts.
4. evaluate factors which shape the Presidential interactions with Congress including the role of structural, personal and partisan characteristics.
5. compare how domestic and foreign relations are handled by Presidents and presumed differences in these two policy domains.


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