845 US Politics

845 US Politics

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 20
  • Other forms of study: 70
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Bogomil Ferfila, PhD


1. Objectives and competences

Students will gain necessary analytical knowledge about US and American politics which will enable them to cope with similar problems in other countries. Students will become aware of decision making process in American business, politics and society. They will also gain knowledge of US role in the world in twentieth century. US has been acting as the sole superpower while in twenty-first century there are obvious signs of transformation toward multicentre structure of world power.

Students will thus identify the main characteristics of world politics, economy and military power because American policies are affecting every single country.
Special attention will be given to the competences of the students to master the analysis of the relationship between Slovenia and USA as the case of relationship between the small and the major player in international relations. The course should make them aware of the necessity of comparative approach to problem solving and policymaking but also to its advantages and disadvantages.

2. Content

  • First inhabitants of US – Indians and Inuits
  • Government policies toward Indians and Inuits – from genocide to inclusion
  • US educational system – federal and state policies
  • American corporation  as the cornerstone of American economy and American global superpower: governance and management; employment and motivation (sticks and carrots); innovation and research as the base of American  economic , technological and military supremacy
  • US political system: structure of the government and department; ethics in US public administration; budget and budgetary policies; constitution , courts; president and congress; political parties and election
  • American media  in their governance of US and the world
  • American soft power: media and the concept of continuous election campaign; role of internet and new social media in politics and society
  • US and North America
  • NAFTA: Energy policy and US self-reliance
  • US foreign and security policy: from the status of  the only world superpower to one of the major world player
  • once Europe today Asia as the main area of american interest

3. Readings

  • Hardt, Hanno,2013, Critical communication studies: communication, history and theory in America, Routledge, New York
  • Chomsky, Noam, 2013, Power systems:conversation on global democratic uprising  to US empire, H. Holt, New York
  • Ferfila, Bogomil, 2013, Severna Amerika: poti in stranpoti najmočnejše celine sveta, FDV, Ljubljana
  • Edkins, Jenny in Zehfass, Maja, 2014, Global Politics, Routledge, New York
  • Stimson, James, 2004, Tides of Consent: How Public Opinion Shapes  American Politics, Cambridge University Press, New York
  • Kelly, Nathan, 2009, The Politics of Income  Inequality in the United States, Cambridge University press , Cambridge
  • Smith, Steven, 2007, Party   Influence in Congress, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • Brady, David  in Volden, Craig, 2006, Revolving Gridlocks: Politics and Policy from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, Westview Press, Boulder
  • Vsako leto se v dogovoru s študenti izbere 300 strani iz navedene literature.
  • Each student chooses his own 300 pages out of available literature.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
The course is intended for smaller number of participants so it will be convenient for employment of more active methods of students’ involvement. The main goal is the motivation of each student to choose the area of research which is suited to her/his interests and to deepen the knowledge on this particular segment of the wide topic of US and American politics. Discussing her/his project with other members of the group will enable her/him to realize strong and weak points of the project and make necessary corrections. In such a procedure she/he will gain methodological knowledge  and understanding of the particular segment or policy making in the area of US .This will enable her/him to apply such a procedure also in analyses of the other countries , policies or problem solving in general.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures as opening of the area
  • individual project – presentation and discussion,
  • contemporary movies on US – analyses , discussion , written reports,
  • visit of the American embassy , lectures and discussions with American professors and diplomats

6. Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):

  • Project (60%)
  • Written analyses of the movies (20%)
  • Active participation and attendanc (20%)