Stuart Alan Streichler
Studies the nature, structure, and functions of political institutions. Develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of both formal (state and government) and informal (non-state) institutions and actors:
Spring 2014: This course examines the origins, development, controversies, and limitations of political institutions and processes. The focus of attention will be on American national government institutions (Congress, the presidency, and the federal courts), especially the presidency as a point of interaction in American political culture. We will also cover campaigns, political rhetoric, and developments in American political thought.
Student learning goals
Students will critically examine the development and interaction of formal institutions and informal political forces.
Students will analyze the principal components of US government.
Students will critically evaluate competing arguments on major political questions.
Students will gain an appreciation of the historical context for contemporary political controversies.
Students will use evidence and logic to debate questions involving political institutions and processes.
General method of instruction
Lecture and classroom discussion.
Some background in American history and politics may be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Includes examinations, class participation, presentations, and a paper.