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POLVOA31 The Congress and the Presidency: Legislative-executive Relationship in American Foreign Policy Decision-making 5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Politics
Political Science
School of Management

General description

After completing the course, students will understand the unique characteristics of American political system and the role of Congress in it, as well as understand the limits of presidential power in American domestic and foreign policy. Students will have a sound understanding of the evolution of American political institutions, the Constitution, electoral politics, and legislative-executive relationship in forming American foreign policy, including the use of American military power. Special attention will be paid to the upcoming presidential election in November 2016. 


  • Evolution of American political institutions and the Constitution
  • Electoral politics, campaigning and gerrymandering
  • How Congress works: decision making and formal/informal rules and procedures
  • American presidency
  • Congress, the President and American foreign policy

Enrolment for University Studies

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Enrolment for Open University Studies

11.8.2016 alkaen
Pakollinen edeltävä opintojakso: POLPOP02 Valtio-opin johdantokurssi


Teemu Mäkinen, Teacher responsible


12-Sep-2016 – 20-Oct-2016
Lectures 12 hours
Mon 12-Sep-2016 - 17-Oct-2016 weekly at 10-12, Pinni A3111
Seminar 12 hours
Thu 15-Sep-2016 - 20-Oct-2016 weekly at 12-14, Main building A31


Numeric 1-5.

Further information

Compulsory preceding studies: POLPOP02 Introduction to Political Science