American Executive Processes/Institutions – GOVT 320

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The office and legal powers of government executives, especially the President, including trends in the Presidency during periods of conservative and liberal dominance.

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

This course is an essential component of the politics and policy concentration in the Helms School of Government. It provides a comprehensive overview not only of the U.S. presidency, but also of the American tradition of executive authority. It builds on the Constitutional principles taught in GOVT 200 and GOVT 220.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the origins and powers of the presidency.
  2. Analyze the presidential elections.
  3. Evaluate the features of the White House staff and organization.
  4. Explain the relationship between the White House and the executive branch.
  5. Explain the relationship between the president and Congress.
  6. Analyze the presidential role in national security.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–400 words, contain a minimum of 1 scholarly resource in current Turabian format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125–150 words.

Essays (2)

The student will write 2 essays for the course on topics outlined within the course. Each essay must be 800–900 words, adhere to current Turabian format, and include 3–4 scholarly sources.

Research Paper

Part 1

The student will analyze a provided case study on the Affordable Care Act to examine the dynamic relationship between the President and Congress. The purpose of this single profound example is to help the student develop the skills necessary to further identify for themselves and explain tensions between the Congress and President in other matters for Part 2. For Part 1 of the assignment, the student will supply a 300-word minimum case study in current Turabian format that focuses on the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The paper must include at least 2 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Part 2

The student will write a 2,400-word research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on 5 presidential relations with Congress identified within the instructions. The paper must include at least 6 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Reagan Presentation

The student will complete a presentation on Ronald Reagan’s presidential style. The presentation must be 20–25 PowerPoint slides and include at least 3–4 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. All sources must be in current Turabian format.

Biblical Position Paper

Accountability and sinfulness: Any executive, and any government for that matter, must be held accountable to the people it represents due to man’s fallen nature. The student will write a minimum 1,500-word research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses and analyzes the structure of our Constitution, emphasizing the executive branch, which increases accountability through limitation because leaders and citizens alike are irrational due to sin. The paper will include at least 4–5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.