The Presidency and the Executive Branch's Full Profile
This course examines various topics related to the American presidency and the executive branch. Unit 1 begins with an introduction to the origins of the office and the early debates amongst the framers of the Constitution surrounding the institution of the presidency. The course will then focus on the components of the Constitution that pertain to presidential powers. A historical analysis of the expansion of these powers concludes the unit. Unit 2 and Unit 3 examine the relationship between the president and the other two branches of the federal government (Congress and the judiciary, respectively). Unit 4 assesses the presidency as it relates to national security, international diplomacy, and foreign policy. Unit 5 transitions into a broader discussion about the executive branch as an institution. It discusses the key players in the media spotlight (the vice president and cabinet), as well as the lesser-known, but essential, federal bureaucracy. This unit also discusses different models of White House organization, the role of executive agencies, the president’s relationship with the bureaucracy, and the Executive Office of the President. Unit 6 surveys the US presidential election process. Finally, Unit 7 explores the ways in which different political scientists have defined and qualified presidential leadership, character, and rhetoric. Upon completion of this course, you will have an understanding of the complexities and challenges surrounding the office of the American presidency. You will also be aware of the important role that the executive branch plays in our government.
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: All Levels
- Size: One-on-One
- Cost: Free
- Institution: Saylor
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