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POLS 120
The American Presidency


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
A historical and analytical examination of the Executive Branch of the United States government. Primary areas of emphasis include: leadership styles of each President, evolutionary changes in the power of the office, and the consequences of each on the country. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Student may not earn credit for both HIST 120 and POLS 120. Formerly PSCI 120.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history/practices of the Executive Branch.
  • Research and define the role of the Executive Branch within the U.S. political system.
  • Categorize and explain the various roles of the President.
  • Assess the role of the President's Cabinet and Advisors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the leadership styles of all the Presidents.
  • Analyze the effects of past Presidents/Administrations of the United States.
  • Critically interpret and compare past President's/Administration's interactions with other countries.

  • Course Topics
  • Examination of the structure of the American political system
  • Examination of the Executive Branch
  • Historical overview of the power struggle between the branches of government
  • Brief analysis of leadership styles
  • Examination of the individual Presidents & their administrations
  • Historical analysis of the cause/effect relationship of Presidential decisions (domestic & foreign)

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    POLS 120
    Fall 2012
    9667
    Ricardo Chavez
    POLS 120
    Fall 2012
    8030
    Joe Cooke


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.