BA Fachspezifische Schlüsselqualifikationen II

American Government and Politics: Obama Administration, Congress, and the Economic Crisis
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  Zeit:
Freitag: 12:15 - 13:45, wöchentlich (ab 17.04.2009), Ort: Sitzungszimmer [Mel]
Semester:
SS 2009
  Erster Termin:
Fr., 17.04.2009, 12:15 - 13:45, Ort: Sitzungszimmer [Mel]
Vorbesprechung:
keine
  Veranstaltungsort:
Sitzungszimmer [Mel]
 
  DozentIn:
Prof. Paul Rundquist, Ph.D.
  Veranstaltungstyp:
Seminar in der Kategorie Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen
 
  Kommentar/Beschreibung:
This seminar will broadly examine relations between the American President and Congress in the context of the new Obama administration, the beginning of a new Congress, and government policies concerned with the current multinational economic crisis. The course will examine such topics as: the principal political and bureaucratic actors in economic policymaking; American concepts of government intervention in the economy; international relations aspects of domestic economic policymaking; and more specific topics such as regulation of banking, currency, and stock markets; wage rates; trade policy; government efforts to stimulate economic performance; and the influence of business and labor interests in the formation of government policy. Course lectures and presentations will feature case studies, both current and historical, to illustrate presidential and congressional interaction in the event of economic crisis.

The course will feature introductory lectures by the professor during the first several class sessions. The lectures will introduce students to the key actors and organizations in the US government concerned with economic policy (for example: the Executive branch: the White House, Council of Economic Advisors, Treasury and Commerce Departments, Federal Reserve System, the Congress: congressional committees responsible for the budget, for taxes, for housing, external: relevant interest organizations and mass media outlets). The initial lectures will be followed by student presentations on selected course-related topics during successive class sessions. Student requirements include: regular attendance, preparing and delivering to the seminar an oral presentation on a course-related topic; and the completion of a semester paper of 15-to-20 pages in length.

Eligibility: the course is primarily intended for BA students to satisfy the requirement to complete a seminar offered in a foreign language. Other students may be admitted to the seminar on a space available basis.

Recommended books:
Charles Kindelberger, et. al, Manias, Panics, and Crashes (2001).
Ben Bernanke, Essays on the Great Depression (2000).
Jim Cooper, Financial Report of the United States: The Official Annual White House Report (2006).
Alan Greenspan. The Age of Turbulence. (2007)

Additional books will be assembled on the Semesterapparat, and electronic articles will also be available.
  Voraussetzungen:
Eligibility: the course is primarily intended for BA students to satisfy the requirement to complete a seminar offered in a foreign language. Other students may be admitted to the seminar on a space available basis.
  Lernorganisation:
Introductory lectures for first four weeks, followed by student presentations on topics selected by them during first two class sessions
  Leistungsnachweis:
Student requirements include: regular attendance, preparing and delivering to the seminar an oral presentation on a course-related topic; and the completion of a semester paper of 15-to-20 pages in length.
  Studiengänge (für):
BA Politikwissenschaft 120
BA Politikwissenschaft/Soziologie 180
  Sonstiges:
Student presentation outlines and other materials related to their presentations are to be made available to all seminar participants not later than 48 hours prior to class presentations.
  ECTS-Kreditpunkte:
5
  Studienbereich:
Philosophische Fakultät I - Sozialwissenschaften und historische Kulturwissenschaften > Institut für Politikwissenschaft und Japanologie > Politikwissenschaft > alte Bereiche > Politisches System Deutschlands  
  Heimat-Einrichtung:
Politikwissenschaft
beteiligte Einrichtung:
Regierungslehre und Policyforschung