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POL 300: The Modern Presidency

Course Description

This course will focus on the U.S. presidents and the situations they faced in the 20th and early 21st centuries, which enabled the transformation from a provincial, isolationist nation with a president considered weak by monarchial standards, to its present day state. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge related to the Presidents and the presidencies of the 20th Century from Theodore Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson, covering in depth those two Presidents as well as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.
  2. Develop an understanding of the issues related to international events that confronted Presidents in the Twentieth Century; most notably, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War
  3. Develop a personal understanding of the Presidential decision making process through a case study of President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan.
  4. Acquire substantive knowledge related to domestic events confronting the Presidents including the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement and The Great Society initiative.
  5. Acquire substantive knowledge related to the elections for President in the 20th Century; with particular focus on Kennedy v. Nixon and Truman v. Dewey.
  6. Develop a big picture contextual understanding of the central theme of the course – how the United States transformed from an isolationist nation into the world’s most powerful country.
  7. Develop a greater cultural and historical understanding of how Americans were perceived at the beginning of the 20th century and how that perception evolved over time.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Class Discussions

40%

Homework

40%

Research Paper

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Brown Tindall, George and David Shi. America, A Narrative History - with Access Code. 10th ed. (Vol. 2). W. W. Norton & Company Publishing, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0-393-26595-8

Additional Resources

  • Order DVDs from The Learning Consultants Group. To purchase the DVDs, send $99 to “The Learning Consultants Group” c/o Daryl Capuano, 12 Acorn Drive, Old Saybrook, CT 06475. Include your name, phone number and address with your check. If you have any questions about your order, please e-mail dcapuano@learningconsultantsgroup.com or call (860) 510-0410

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1

Topic: Overview of course
  • Readings: Introduction
  • Videos: None
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

2

1

Topic: The Recent Presidents Reagan-Bush II

  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: None
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions

3

2

Topic: Domestic Preludes to 1945
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: Video part 1: Domestic Preludes to 1945
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Watch the Assigned Video
  • Submit Week 3 Homework Assignment

4

2

Topic: Domestic Preludes to 1945, Conclusion
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: None
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

5

3

Topic: Foreign Preludes to 1945
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: Video Part 2: Foreign Preludes to 1945
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch the Assigned Video
  • Submit Week 5 Homework Assignment

6

3

Topic: Foreign Preludes to 1945, Conclusion
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: None
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

7

4

Topic: A Shift to Progressivism, 1945-1949
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: Video Part 3: A Shift to Progressivism
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch the Assigned Video
  • Submit Week 7 Homework Assignment

8

4

Topic: A Shift to Progressivism, 1945-1949

  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: None
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Read assigned chapter

9

5

Topic: Truman's Second Term
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: Video Part 4: Truman's Second Term
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch the Assigned Video
  • Submit Week 9 Homework Assignment

10

6

Topic: Truman's Second Term, Conclusion
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: None
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit the Week 10 Homework Assignment.
  • Begin working on your Research Paper (see "Course Documents").

11

7

Topic: The 1950s
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: Video Part 5: The 1950's
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch the Assigned Video
  • Submit Week 11 Homework Assignment

12

8

Topic: Camelot
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: Video Part 6: Camelot
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch the Assigned Video
  • Submit Week 12 Homework Assignment

13

9

Topic: LBJ and the Triumph of Liberalism
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: Video Part 7: LBJ and the Triumph of Liberalism
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch the Assigned Video
  • Submit Week 13 Homework Assignment

14

10

Topic: LBJ and Foreign Affairs
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: Video Part 8: LBJ and Foreign Affairs
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Watch the Assigned Video
  • Submit Research Paper

15

11

Topic: Comparison of Presidents
  • Readings: To be assigned
  • Videos: None
  • Participate in the Discussions.
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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