Current issues in british and american politics

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Description du contenu de l'enseignement :

The course will deal with the analysis of political institutions and issues in the UK and the US. It will begin with an introduction to politics, and for each country, an introduction to the main institutions and constitutional features. A landscape of the main political parties and people’s political choices will be presented. Finally some contemporary issues will be the focus of our attention – social movements, ethnic votes, nationalism etc. Students will be asked to prepare each class with readings (articles, book excerpts) and videos (film extracts, TV series and programs, news reports). Classes will comprise short lectures, analysis of case studies, discussions and debates. Comparisons will be drawn between other countries such as France.

Pré-requis recommandés :

Intermediate or advanced level: a good standard of oral and written English is necessary for this course. A background in social sciences is useful but not necessary for the course

Compétence à acquérir :

This course aims at developing students’ awareness of the main political issues at stake in the United Kingdom and the United States today. A presentation and analysis of the two political systems will be followed by discussions of current political problems. The course involves the students’ capacity to apply their knowledge in sociology and political science to contemporary political issues, while enhancing their oral and written communication skills in English.

Mode de contrôle des connaissances :

Course work: oral participation to discussions and debates based on academic readings, course questions, video analyses. Exam: course questions, video/podcast questions and essay.

Bibliographie, lectures recommandées

  • Giddens and Sutton (2013) Sociology, Cambridge: Polity. Chapter 22 Politics, Government and Social MovementsChapter 23 Nations, War and Terrorism
  • McKay, D. (2018), American Politics and Society, 9th Edition, Chichester: Wiley.