Syllabus for American Politics II

Amerikansk politik II


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN723
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2010-12-08
  • Established by: The Board of the Department of English
  • Revised: 2015-06-04
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2016
  • Entry requirements: American Politics, 7.5 credits, or 30 credits within the humanities and social studies sciences disciplinary research domain.
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

  • evince a good knowledge of some of the issues and problem complexes that characterise today’s US domestic and foreign policy
  • argue in English for or against a particular standpoint in a current issue of contention in US politics
  • analyse in written English a given text in English in the field.


The course takes up some current problems in present-day US politics, such as the declining importance of parties, voter turnout, financing election campaigns, relations between the president and Congress, the power of the courts, and current US foreign policy.


Group instruction, self-study. Teaching, class discussions, and examination are in English.


Examination is both oral and in writing. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

If the syllabus or course reading for a course has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on three occasions during the following three semesters. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

The course may not be included in a degree if equivalent parts have been read within another course included in the degree.

Reading list

Reading list

A revised version of the reading list is available.

Applies from: Autumn 2017

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Frey, William H. Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America

    Brookings Institution Press, 2014

    Find in the library


  • Jones, Robert P. The end of White Christian America

    First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.: New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

    Find in the library


  • Putnam, Robert D. Our kids : the American dream in crisis

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions