US Presidents - The Office and The Men

Ref: C3743183

The US President was a new type of leader created for a new government. In this course we will attempt to understand how the US Presidency was created and developed through a mixture of law and precedent. We will examine how both internal and external circumstances have influenced and altered the office. We will also examine the personalities and principles of the individual presidents to see how their personal qualities and beliefs have influenced the office. We will concentrate this term on the period from the end of the Civil War to the rise of America as a world power (Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt).

Course aim

To understand how the US Presidency was created and developed through a mixture of law, precedent and circumstances. To see how the President's personal qualities and beliefs have influenced the office.

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:

  • Describe how the US Presidency is a dynamic institution that evolves over time.
  • Describe how different presidents contributed to and changed the office of President.
  • explain the basics of how the US President, his cabinet and the Executive branch work
  • understand role of the presidency in its historical context

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • All materials will be provided

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

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US Presidents - The Office and The Men

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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