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Spring 2022 Political Science BC3031 section 001

Call Number 00488
Day & Time
TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
203 Diana Center
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Matthew Lacombe
Course Description This course explores the role of the presidency in U.S. politics. Presidents have long been at the center of politics, yet the nature of the presidency has changed dramatically over time. The first part of the course will examine these long-run changes. It begins with debates over the form of the presidency at the U.S.’s founding and examines how the institution has been altered – and with what effects – at key historical moments. Having gained foundational historical knowledge during the first part of the course, the course’s second part will focus on various theories of the presidency. These theories primarily address, in various ways, one primary question: which factors best explain presidential “success”? By the end of the course, students should be able to systematically assess contemporary presidential politics using various scholarly theories and by putting the president’s actions into a broader historical context. The course, occurring during the 2020 presidential primaries, will also include “sidebars” in which we will discuss the election.
Web Site Vergil
Department Political Science @Barnard
Enrollment 30 students (35 max) as of 8:02AM Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Subject Political Science
Number BC3031
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20221POLS3031X001

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