The American Presidency
Explore the development of the American Presidency from its Constitutional beginnings in 1787 through the development of political parties, primary elections and modern media-centered campaigning. Discover who the key individuals were and their strengths, weaknesses and contributions to the office that have helped make the presidency the most powerful political position in the world. The course is intended to provide a fuller understanding of the development and importance of the American Presidency, an appreciation for the human fallibility of those who have held the office, a greater awareness of the importance of good leadership in critical historical events, the importance to democracy of a peaceful transition of power, the growing expectation from the public of services and safety nets from our national government, and the importance of the presidency in setting and implementing American foreign policy, including military engagements.
NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.