NORAM4502 – The Liberal Political Tradition in America
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course offers an analysis of the dominant political tradition in the USA, liberalism. Taking as its point of departure the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, it traces the development of the American version of liberalism - with a strong emphasis on Louis Hartz’s explanantion of American exceptionalism - down to the present. The course comprises both a theoretical and practical approach to the American political tradition, striking a balance between political philosophy and political history in its basic approach.
To provide insight into the fundamental national political philosophy of the United States and its implementation in practical politics/policies. Its main focus will be on domestic affairs, but foreign-relations implications will also be dealt with when particularly relevant.
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The minumum number of attendants for this course is 3, the maximum 10.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Admission to the master program in North-American area studies, LAP or an other relevant program.
Recommended previous knowledge
80-group in NORAM-studies.
The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours per week, 28 hours in all. Half-way through the semester there is a period of one (autumn term) or two (spring term) reading weeks without teaching, to be used for individual study and work on assignments. 70% attendance is required.
Portfolio consisting of a written paper (8 standard pages) and a two-hour written in-class exam.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
The results will be available on the Student Web within three weeks after the exam.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.