Washington Center

The American Presidency and the Executive Branch

Day and Time: 
Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
September 26 to December 5, 2018
Semester Dates: 
August 29 to December 5, 2018
Core Seminar

This course will put the current presidency in historical and theoretical context, drawing on a variety of readings and approaches. At its core, this class is about the problem of executive power in democratic government. We will study and reflect not only on the details of what the presidency is in theory and practice, we will also consider how it (and other parts of the system) might be changed to overcome the problems of governance that have plagued the U.S. The goal is to understand the work of the presidency and some of the different perspectives by which we might analyze presidents and their administrations.


Draft Syllabus


*Requirement for ALL semester students:  

The first four weeks of this semester (August 29 to September 19) will be spent in a special topics module taught by Professor Jennifer Diascro on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. See syllabus below (forthcoming). Please contact Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro.edu) with questions. 

Professor Nunez will begin teaching the Presidency seminar on Wednesdays, beginning September 26, and he will officially be your instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades at the end of the term.

**NO additional registration required.

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