Timothy Kinsella
Political Science
Material Type:
Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
  • Executive Agreement
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Executive Order
  • Executive Privilege
  • Going Public or Power to Persuade
  • Stewardship Model
  • War Powers Resolution
  • Whig Model
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    Education Standards

    The Presidency: Course Map & Recommended Resources


    Learning Objectives

    The resources included here are intended to map to the following learning objectives for an American Government Course:

    1. Discuss the theoretical ideas that shaped the structure of the presidency.
    2. Identify the constitutional powers of the executive branch.
    3. Explain how the presidency has grown and evolved over time.
    4. Describe some of the institutional advantages that the president has over other branches of government.
    5. Discuss the role of cabinet and other presidential staff in setting public policy.
    6. Explain the nature of the relationship the presidency has with Congress and the courts.
    7. Explain the factors that affect presidential success and failure.
    8. Describe the presidential election process and strategies pursued by presidential candidates.

    Recommended Textbooks

    Discussion Questions and Key Concepts

    Discussion Questions

    1. Describe how the Electoral College works. Additionally, explain how a candidate can win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College vote, which has recently happened twice (2000 and 2016).

    2. Outline various reforms that have been suggested to replace the Electoral College. Do you think any of them will ever be implemented? Why or why not? (Be sure to include the “National Popular Vote” plan outlined at the following website:

    3. How has the president’s role changed over the years in the areas of domestic policy and foreign policy?

    4. Describe the formal powers of the president. Also, what informal powers does the president have?

    5. What are signing statements? How did the use of signing statements change under President George W. Bush?

    Key Terms or Concepts (Define):

    1. Executive agreement

    2. Executive order

    3. Executive privilege

    4. Going public or power to persuade

    5. Stewardship model

    6. Whig model

    7. Executive Office of the President

    8. War Powers Resolution