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Government in United States - JTM032
Anglický název: Government in United States
Český název: Americký politický systém
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2021
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 40 / neurčen (30)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Další informace: https://dl2.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=4703
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Mgr. Jana Sehnálková, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Jana Sehnálková, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Neslučitelnost : JMM345
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Jana Sehnálková, Ph.D. (29.08.2022)
This course aims to provide the students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the U.S. government. It focuses on the the theory, organization, functions, politics, and problems of the United States political system. The course primarily focuses on the federal level of government, however, attention is also paid the state-level government and the interaction between the state and the federal level. The course examines the mechanics of the government, the division of powers, checks and balances. It is mostly analytical, however, it tries to provide the historical context and follows the chronological evolution of the U.S. government. The major topics include the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government; political parties, campaigns, elections; bureaucracy; opinion and the formulation of public policy. Issues of political culture will also be debated. The course uses a variety of textual as well as audiovisual material.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc. (30.05.2019)

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be familiar with the  structure of the U.S. government and the basic mechanisms of its operation. They will also identify the key players and institutions and their mutual overlap.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc. (30.05.2019)

Ø      Declaration of Independence


Ø      The U.S. Constitution


Ø       1789 Judicial Act


Ø       James Q. Wilson, John J. DiIulio, American Government: Institutions and Policies (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005).


Ø       Lowi, Theodore, Ginsberg, Benjamin & Shepsle, Kenneth. American Government: Power and Purpose, New York: W.W. Norton & Co.,


Ø      Selected articles on various aspects of U.S. government (will be provided throughout the class)

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Jana Sehnálková, Ph.D. (06.09.2022)

Since this class is partly a lecture and partly a seminar,  lecture will provide main guidance by means of two-way communication; The participants are expected to read assigned  material, raise questions about the claims in the article, and discuss their findings in the class.

All the course material can be found in Moodle: https://dl2.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=4703

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Jana Sehnálková, Ph.D. (09.12.2020)
  •  Attendance and active participation, including preparation for each class: 20 percent: Students are required to read and discuss assigned texts. The texts will be available online on the course website/SIS/. Should you have any problems getting access to the texts , let me know by email.


  • Midterm exam: 30 %   - a short test the first/second week of November


  • Final exam: 50%
    The final written exam will include identification of basic concepts, understanding of various terms and relationships and short questions related to assigned readings.



Please notet that the final written exam will be administer via Moodle. Instructions will be sent via email and will be available in the individual terms for the exam. Signup for exam will take place traditionally via SIS where dates for the exam will be available. 




based on Dean's Measure no. 20/2019: https://fsv.cuni.cz/deans-measure-no-20/2019

  • 91 % and more   =>          A
  • 81-90 %             =>          B
  • 71-80 %             =>          C
  • 61-70 %             =>          D
  • 51-60 %             =>          E
  • 0-50 %                =>         F


Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc. (30.05.2019)

The key areas that will be covered:


  The basic settings, basic principles

            The United States Constitution and its origin, federalism, checks and balances,   division of powers, legitimacy of the government, political culture, flexible/inflexible         constitution?, civil liberties, constitutionalism


   Outline of the Structure of the Government – Key players 

  • Executive: President, Office of the White House, Departments
  • Legislative: Congress
  • Judiciary: Courts
  • Bureaucracy

      - basic structure, who does what, basic requirements for elections into the office.

      - explain structure of departments, White House Office



  • nominations, primaries, general elections
  • Who can vote?


     The Executive Branch

·         electing the president

·         the president and his powers (appointment, removal, legislative, vetoes – presidential and legislative, the power of the purse, executive agreement and treaties, the war power, the power to persuade)

·         tensions between the legislative and the executive powers

·         the White House Office

·         the Cabinet, the Departments

·         other institutions of the executive branch

·         foreign and domestic policy-making


          The Judiciary

  • the structure of the judicial system
  • the powers and role of the Supreme Court
  • the framework within which the Supreme Court operates
  • getting a case in front of the Supreme Court
  • jury trials
  • famous cases
  • where to search for cases.



  • Powers of Congress
  • House of Representatives and Senate
  • Election to Congress, Members of Congress
  • Congressional Leadership
  • Committees 
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law - process in the HoR and S

            Party Politics

  • Political Parties, their role and organization, political parties in Congress, in States
  • Campaign Finance and support for party candidates

            Public Opinion and Frames of Reference

Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc. (30.05.2019)

Sufficient knowledge of English language, interest in the subject matter.

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