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This course focuses on American politics; we will not be tackling directly the day-to-day developments of the Trump presidency, but will explore the U.S. presidency itself, as a historical and political object. By studying texts by Richard Hofstadter, Arthur Schlesinger, C. Wright Mills and others, as well as extracts from speeches, T.V. shows and novels, we will try to understand the presidency as an institution, a political power but also as a social and cultural construct. This approach will enable us to analyze features of American contemporary political life while taking a step back from the immediacy of current events. 


Each week, students will be given texts to read, accompanied by vocabulary and reference notes as well as guiding questions. Vocabulary lists and grammar exercises will also be provided.