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PSC 306LEC - The American Presidency
The American Presidency HAQ Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   23318   Enrollment Capacity:   100
Section:   HAQ   Enrollment Total:   78
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   22
Dates:   08/29/2022 - 12/09/2022   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   TBA , TBA
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
  Course Description
This course examines the role of the president in the American political system. As one of the most powerful political positions in the world, it is important to understand the powers, duties, and roles (both formal and informal) involved in being president. The presidency has changed considerably since the early days of the republic as the United States has grown and transformed. Even though the president occupies a powerful office, the executive branch is only one of three co-equal branches of government. This course will examine how presidents organize the executive branch to accomplish their goals and how presidents interact with other important institutions such as Congress, the courts, and the news media. Additionally, the course will explore the ways presidents influence economic, domestic, and foreign policy during their tenure in office. As the only elected office with a national constituency, the president can use the "bully pulpit" to try to persuade the public, and other political actors, to go along with the White House's agenda. Presidents also have certain unilateral powers, like executive orders, which are important to understanding the extent of presidential power. The course will cover impeachment and other legal concerns that can embroil a presidency. Lastly, students will reflect on how to assess the success or failure of presidents.
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