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Henry D Kamerling
BIS 425
Bothell Campus

Topics in U.S. Social and Political History

Intensive examination of a particular topic on American institutions, ideologies, movements, and social conditions.

Class description

From the critique that President Bush lied America into war with Iraq to calls for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the Bush administration appears now to be awash in scandal. However, going all the way back to Thomas Jeffersonís affair with Sally Hemmings and right up to Bill Clintonís trysts with Monica Lewinsky, scandal emerges as a regular hallmark of the American political tradition. This course will explore political scandals and ask what the persistent nature of scandals reveals about the fundamental character of the American political system? What standards should we hold our politicians to and what do scandals tell us about leadership? This course will probe the answer to such questions by examining the major political scandals throughout the sweep of American history.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to understand criteria for evaluating pesidential leadership.

Students will be able to understand criteria for evaluating the seriousness of politicial scandals.

General method of instruction

Class discussion, occassional lectures, some interactive media.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Papers and tests.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Henry D Kamerling
Date: 05/10/2007