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POLS 155 The American Presidency • 5 Cr.

Description:

Examines the American presidency and its changing role within the American system. Topics include individual presidents, presidential character, war, elections, the economy, and the Constitution.

Outcomes:

After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Students will understand the evaluate the development of the American Presidency.
    • The original Presidency
    • The evaluation of the Presidency
    • Problems of contemporary leadership
    • Critical reviews
  • THE NOMINATION PROCESS
    • Students will be able to comprehend the evolutionary process of the nomination of the President.
      • The evolution of the system
      • Changes in the political area
        • Party reforms
        • Public relations
        • Finance laws
        • Polling
        • Media
    • The quest for the nomination
      • Non-front runner strategy
      • Front runner strategy
    • National conventions
      • Public dimensions
      • Official business
      • Characteristics of the nominees
  • THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
    • The student will be able to critically analyze and evaluate the election process in the following format.
      • The strategic environment
      • The electoral college
      • Political attitudes and groupings
      • Financial considerations
    • The Presidential campaign
      • Constructing organization
      • Designing a Presidential image
      • Political advertizing
      • Building coalition
    • The meaning of the election
      • Predicting the result
      • Analyzing the result
      • The President's mandate
  • THE PRESIDENT AND THE PUBLIC
    • The student will comprehend and evaluate the role of public opinion on the Presidential ability to govern
      • Understanding public opinion
        • American opinion
        • Public opinion poll
        • Mail from the public
        • Understanding public opinion in perspective
      • Public expectations of the Presidency
        • High expectation
        • Contradictory expectations
        • Public expectation in perspective
      • Public approval of the Presidency
        • Party identification
        • Personality or policy
        • The economy of war
      • Public relations
      • The White House and ad agency
      • Spreading the word
      • Media events
      • Interpreting events
      • Discrediting opponents
  • THE PRESIDENTIALOFFICE
    • The student will understand the organization of the Executive Office and its role in the political arena.
      • The evolution of the Cabinet
        • The Cabinet's demise
        • The Executive Office
        • Structural changes in recent years
      • Involving the Vice President
        • Enlargement of responsibilities
        • Steeping stone to power
      • Student will critically evaluate the relations between the two great institutions in terms of separation of powers and checks and balances.
        • Formal legislative powers
          • Sources of conflict and cooperation between the Congress and the President
          • Party leadership
          • Party support for the President
          • Working congressional party
          • Obstacles to party unity
          • Presidential coat-tails
          • Bipartisanship
  • PRESIDENTIALDECISION-MAKING
    • Students will understand the essence of decision-making with respect toboth domestic/foreign policy and the constraints upon the President.
      • Time constraints
      • Organization and style of decision-making
        • White House organization
        • The form of advice
        • Multiple advocacy
      • President's relations with advisors
      • Domestic policy-making
        • The OMB and the Executive Branch
          • Coordination
          • President and annual program
        • Budgetary and economic policy-making
          • The Federal budget
          • The budget makers
          • OMB and the Congress
        • Foreign and defense policy making
          • Constitutional and statutory authority
        • The development of an advisory system
          • The Executive development
          • The NSC
          • The Special Assistant of NSC
  • PRESIDENTIAL INFLUENCE IN CONGRESS
    • Students will critically evaluate the relations between the two great institutions in terms of separation of powers and checks and balances.
      • Formal legislative powers
        • Sources of conflict and cooperation between the Congress and the President
        • Party leadership
        • Party support for the President
        • Working congressional party
        • Obstacles to party unity
        • Presidential coat-tails
        • Bipartisanship
  • THE PRESIDENT AND THE JUDICIARY
    • Students will understand and evaluate the relation between the Presidency and the Judiciary in respect to separation of powers and checks and balances.
      • Judicial selection
        • Selection of lower-court judges
        • Background of lower-court judges
        • The Supreme Court
          • Molding the Court
          • Arguments to the Court
          • Enforcing Court decision
      • Complying with the Court
      • Presidential compliance
      • Deference to the President
      • Judicial powers
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