Key topics are addressed through a series of timed lessons, each lasting at least 1 hour. The teacher notes establish the aims and descirbe the process of the lesson. They also identlfy the materials for students, which take the form of photocopiable information sheets and extracts from Politics Review. The lessons conclude with extension work for developing knowledge and exam skills, together with answer notes.
Edward Ashbee is an associate professor in the Center for the Study of the Americas at Copenhagen Business School. His publications inlcude studies of political parties and electoral trends as weel as US Politics Today (Manchester University Press). He is a regular contributor to Politics Review.
Introduction topic 1 The US constitution 1 The writing of the US constitution 2 The US constitution and the political system 3 The US constitution and its principles: checks and balances 4 The US constitution and its principles: federalism 5 The US constitution and its principles: rights 6 Assessing the US constitution topic 2 The US Supreme Court 1 Introduction to the Supreme Court and its membership 2 The role of the Supreme Court 3 Judicial review and public policy 4 Judicial interpretation and freedom of speech 5 The Warren Court: race, rights and religion 6 The Burger Court: race, gender and punishment 7 The Rehnquist Court (1) 8 The Rehnquist Court (2) 9 Limits on the Supreme Court 10 Appointments to the Supreme Court 11 Factors influencing Supreme Court rulings 12 The Supreme Court: a judicial or political institution? topic 3 Congress 1 The role of Congress 2 Comparing the House and the Senate 3 The role of congressional committees 4 Power within Congress 5 Congress, the presidency and the executive branch 6 Evaluating the role of Congress topic 4 The role of the president 1 Powers and constraints 2 The growth of presidential power 3 The imperial presidency 4 The continuing powers of the presidency 5 The 'imperilled presidency' 6 Appraising presidential power 7 The structure of the executive branch 8 Presidential resources and the executive branch 9 The cabinet and the Executive Office of the President topic 5 Federalism 1 The concept of federalism 2 The development of federalism 3 New federalism 4 The revival of the states 5 The call for states' rights 6 Arguments against states' rights