Fall/Winter Timetable

POL433H1S L0101

Topics in United States Government and Politics

American Political Development


This course explores the substance and nature of American political development. It will begin by examining the methodology, mechanisms, and patterns of American political development from the founding to the present. Emphasis will be placed on divergent perspectives on the nature of political development, particularly narratives of continuity and discontinuity. The course will also address the following topics: the Constitution and the founding; political economy, trade, and industrialization; bureaucracy and administration; citizenship and inclusion; race and civil rights; law and legal development; political institutions; and political parties.

Format and Requirements

One two-hour lecture per week. Course requirements TBA.


2.0 credits in POL/ JPA/ JPF/ JPI/ JPR/ JPS/ JRA courses