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Unity and Diversity in C21 America

Module code: POPP 2005

Module desciption

This is a course designed to fuse knowledge of the US government institutions with the pressing political and social issues that the nation faces in the C21. The module begins with some insight and analysis of the branches of US government and politics. The birth of the nation, including the Constitutional framework and the resulting separation of powers arrangement will be dealt with. The first semester examines the power of Congress and the Presidency, presidential selection and the Judiciary. The remaining first term lectures will focus on political parties, partisanship and the party system, along with interest groups and federalism.

The second term covers election campaigns, voting behaviour and the media, and will then focus on domestic issues. Topics including racial justice, ethnicity, gender, civil rights, gun control and abortion will be examined, and students will be encouraged to explore all of these topics from a scholarly perspective, as well as engage with real-time events such as elections as they occur.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 24 hours
  • Tutorials: 24 hours
  • Other: Extra-curricular events such as Congress to Campus will take place in addition to the above contact hours


  • 1 x 20 mins group presentation (individually assessed): 10%
  • Essay (1500 words): 45%
  • Exam (120 mins): 45%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books