Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3130: Controversies in American Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Daniel Stevens (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Students of Politics need to understand different political systems around the world. While the United States is very familiar to us it has a political system that is fundamentally unlike that of Britain or most countries in Europe. This module provides a survey of contemporary controversies in American politics, from questions of constitutional reform and America’s place in the world to issues of public policy such as abortion and gun control. It examines their history, key arguments for and against change, as well as academic research on the influences on public opinion surrounding these issues.

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.

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