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

Fall 2005

GOV 330K • The American President

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37635 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
BUR 116

Course Description

Upper-division standing required. This course is intended to increase your familiarity with the responsibilities and perspectives of both presidents and citizens. Both perspectives are critical, because neither can be effective without understanding the other. Citizens are responsible for electing the president and evaluating performance in office. Thus, the course organizes information in a way intended to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents. Presidents, on the other hand, are responsible for providing leadership. Here the aim is to encourage critical examination of the leadership strategies of past and recent presidents.

Grading Policy

1. 2 Mid-term examinations (40% of grade) 2. Final examination (60% of grade) 3. Regular attendance and participation in class discussions. Readings completed by dates assigned.


J. Cohen. Presidency (Text and Reader). McGraw-Hill, 2003. Greenstein. The Presidential Difference. 2004 Daily newspaper reading.


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