Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

POSC 211   The Presidency and Executive Leadership (AM)
RestrictionsNo 2023
DistributionSocial Relations,Inst.& Agents
Core AreaNone

An examination of the complex and controversial role the presidency plays in the American political system. The course begins with the founders and with the creation of the presidency at the Constitutional Convention. This is followed by an examination of the powers vested in the office and the ways in which they check and are checked by Congress. Discussion then turns to what has come to be called the "managerial presidency." Descriptive and analytical treatment of the ways in which the country elects presidents is a major topic. At many points the American presidency is compared to executive power in other democracies. (AM)