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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2009

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower in American Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39315 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
BAT 5.102
Buchanan, B

Course Description

Leaders and Followers in American Politics is a writing component course on representative democracy in America whose Spring, 2009 topic deals with the American people and the presidential accountability system (PAS) in which they are imbedded. Its goals are to increase your understanding of the PAS while sharpening your thinking, research, writing and speaking skills. All course requirements are aimed at helping you to achieve these goals.

Grading Policy

Graded categories (25% each) 1. Mid-Term and Take-Home Final Examinations on common readings, relevant presidential news and instructor presentations 2. Research Project Formal presentation 3. Research Project rough draft and 10 page final report 4. Interviewing and Coding activities

Texts

Rudalevige, Andrew. 2006. The New Imperial Presidency. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. (R below) Richard A. Brody. 1991. Assessing the President. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. (B below) Readings Packet (P below) Available from UT Copy Center, McCombs 3.136 One audio tape recorder and 6 blank audio cassette tapes to record and duplicate three interviews. One set of interview recordings must be turned in. The other set is for your use in preparing presentations and papers.

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