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Power and the Presidency

Program(s): Immersion

*Taught Online for Summer 2021*  What are the foundations of presidential power, and how should it be applied? These questions have been topics of debate since the founding of the U.S., and have become of particular interest in recent years. Focusing on issues of governance, institutional design, and power, this course examines the presidency's development from the time of the Founders to the present, its relationships with courts and Congress, presidential influence in domestic and foreign policymaking, and the ways in which presidents are positioned in a system of separated powers. As students study the role of the presidency in American society and politics, they will become familiar with key theories and concepts in political science, and with some of the methodological practices common in the social science research, particularly how statistics and surveys can be used in politics and political science. Through simulations and visits from guest speakers, students will also have opportunities to examine the machinations of the political world up close.   

Daily Course Expectations

  • 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work (see definitions here)
  • 2 required synchronous sessions per day: 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.CST

Course Considerations

Reading Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

July 13

End Date

July 29

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Chandler James

Academic Interest

Law and Politics
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

PLSC 10400 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks