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Fall 2016-2017
* POL 332 (EM)   na, npdf

Topics in American Statesmanship - The Successful President

David F. Forte

The American Presidency is unique in the political history of the world. The Framers of the American Republic sought to merge two opposing principles: a vigorous unitary executive within a limited constitutional republic. Whether their experiment was successful or not has depended largely on the personality and character of those who occupied the office. We shall study that which makes for a successful presidency (or not) according to a set of standards: Adherence to the rule of law; Protection from foreign and domestic threat; Administrative competency; Economic policy; Unifying influence; Preservation of liberty; and Integrity.

Sample reading list:
Forrest MacDonald, The American Presidency
Harvey Mansfield, Taming the Prince
Edward Corwin, The President: Office and Powers
Joseph Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis, eds., The Presidency in the Constitutional Order
Biography of Washington or Lincoln
Sidney Milkis and Michael Nelson, The American Presidency: Origins and Development: 1776-2011
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments will approximate 100 pages a week. For the 15-20 page term paper, each student will choose a president to investigate how that president fared under the evaluative standards, and whether, the presidency was successful or not. Or, a student may research in depth one area of a president's administration to evaluate the performance of the president in that area. Students will present a summary of their findings through presentations in the preceptors' sections.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
In addition to the weekly assignments, each student will select and read a biography of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln from a list to be provided.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22540 L01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:17 Limit:
24071 P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:10 Limit:14 Closed
24072 P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
24073 P03 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
24728 P04 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   205   Enrolled:7 Limit:14 Closed
22541 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled