AIP208 - Government and Politics of the United States


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour class per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2-hour class per week (recordings provided)


This unit aims to provide students with a broad and rigorous introduction to government and politics in the United States. The unit will draw on three approaches to this subject matter. First, students will be introduced to influential theories developed by political scientists to explain observations about American politics. Second, students will be introduced to historical material to illustrate change and continuity in the operations of American government and politics. Third, students will be encouraged to read contemporary commentary (usually by journalists) about American politics. An important purpose of the unit, however, is to enable students to think critically about such commentary, drawing on their theoretical and historical knowledge. The course will be structured around the study of key American political institutions and policy areas, and devote significant attention to the turbulent struggles for power in American politics.

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