2018 Winter School Subject List

US Politics: Presidency and Congress (USSC6902) - Opens 10 May 2017

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
Department: US Studies Centre
Level: Postgraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1)  Gorana Grgic - gorana.grgic@sydney.edu.au

(1)  Jessica Regan - jessica.regan@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 10 Jul 2017 
End Date: 28 Jul 2017 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 10 May 2017 
Applications Close: 19 Jun 2017 
Census date: 10 Jul 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 10 Jul 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Assumed Knowledge: - 



This unit will examine US domestic politics through analysing the federal structure and separation of powers within the American political system.

This understanding will provide an appreciation of the porous nature of US political institutions, offering social actors a variety of venues and opportunities to influence political decision-making.

It will examine the factors that make some arenas more open than others and strategies that groups and political actors take to secure or prise open those avenues for change.


1 x Reflection/Blog Post (20%), 1 x Seminar Presentation (10%), 1 x Group Paper (10%), Class Participation (15%), 1 x Major Paper (45%)


Start Date: 10 Jul 2017     End Date: 28 Jul 2017

Lectures: Tue & Thu: 16:00 - 20:00


USSC Tutorial Room 322