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
  • 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: week 01, 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

Applies from: week 01, 2019

  • The Articles of Confederation

    Champaign, Ill.: Project Gutenberg, [199-]

    Find in the library


  • The Constitution of the United States of America


    Find in the library


  • Federalist Papers ALEXANDER HAMILTON, ; Hamilton, Alexander; Jay, John; Madison, James; Shapiro, Ian

    Yale University Press, 2009

    No 10, 51, 78

    Find in the library


  • Mill, John Stuart On liberty

    Raleigh, N.C.: Alex Catalogue, [199-?]


    Find in the library


  • O'Brien, David M. Struggles for power and governmental accountability

    Tenth edition.: New York: W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]


    Find in the library


  • O'Brien, David M. Constitutional law and politics : 2 Civil rights and civil liberties.

    Tenth edition.: New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2017


    Find in the library


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Preambles of the constitutions of Argentina, Ireland, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia.
Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act of 2006.
Obergefell v. Hodges.
District of Columbia v. Heller.
Religious Landscape Study, Pew Research Center.
T. Jefferson. "Letter to the Danbury Baptists.

Films and recommended background texts.

Reading list revisions