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America: Decay of the Liberal Dream? ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Pete Lentini

Not offered in 2006.

Synopsis: This unit is concerned with contemporary issues, institutions, debates and actors in US politics and society and also aims to provide an overview of political power in the United States. The unit addresses three core themes influencing American governance and political participation: formal political institutions, extra-institutional factors and forces like the media and protest, and the politics of identity and multiculturalism.

Assessment: Essay (2500 words): 50% + A seen exam (2000 words): 50%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

Prerequisites: First-year sequence in Politics.

Prohibitions: PLT2370