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The Executive Branch
THE EXECUTIVE
CLASS CODE: POLSC 314 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: A detailed study of the executive branch of government at the national and state levels focusing particularly on the powers of the American presidency.
TAUGHT: Winter, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: A detailed study of the executive branch of government at the national and state levels focusing particularly on the powers of the American presidency.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Identify the constitutional framework and specific powers which form the basis and the boundaries of presidential authority.
Identify the major periods in the historical evolution of the Presidency and the power theories which have been used to study presidential power (e.g. The Theory of the Modern President).
Identify the major elements, historical developments, and modern processes by which presidents are chosen, including the pre-campaign period, the nomination process, and the general election campaign.
Identify major characteristics of presidential leadership styles and the ways in which various presidents have used those characteristics.
Identify the major elements of the presidency as an institution, including the Executive Office of the President and the organization of the executive branch of government.
Identify the major ways presidents interact with political parties and pressure groups, with the Congress, with the judicial branch and with state and local governments.
Identify the major processes by which both foreign and domestic policies are formulated by the president and the executive branch of government.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001