US Presidents - the Office and the Men

Ref: C3741643

How could Trump happen? How much of what he says he will do is actually possible? What are the long term implications for all of us? The office of the US Presidency is an 18th century invention, Today it is the most powerful position in the world. We will explore how it was created , how it has been modified, and how it is still evolving. This will be done by examining the presidents themselves--who they were and how they influenced their office. We will also see how historical, political and personal circumstances shaped them and their presidency. We will also look at topics such as the Electoral College, executive privilege, and the West Wing.. Current issues will definitely be discussed. The course will be supplemented by videos and recordings whenever possible. We will be continuing on from Autumn term. New students are very welcome.

Course aim

To understand why the US Presidency was created and how it evolved..

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explain how and why the Presidency was formed.
  • describe how different presidents contributed to and changed the office of President.
  • describe how the US Presidency is a dynamic institution that evolves over time.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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US Presidents - the Office and the Men


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