Nearly all men can stand adversity but
if you want to test
a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln
I. Title: The Executive Process
II. Course description: A survey of executive powers at the national, state, and local levels with special emphasis on the office of the Presidency.
III. Instructor: Dr. Winfield H. Rose
Office location: 5A-10 Faculty Hall
Phone numbers: (270) 809-2662 (office); 753-0126 (home); 556-6342 (cell); 809-2688 (fax)
Office hours: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. MWF; 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. TTh
IV. Class location, meeting time and language of
Hall, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. TTh, August 19 - December 4, 2014;
English (it is not necessary to press 1).
V. Content outline: see Course Outline and Topics of Study.
VI. Required texts: (1) Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers (any edition); (2) Raymond Tatalovich & Steven E. Schier, The Presidency and Political Science: Two Hundred Years of Constitutional Debate, second edition (2014); and (3) Winfield H. Rose, "The Challenges Lincoln Faced" and "The Theological, Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Polity" (both for sale at Copy Express). Supreme Court opinions may be accessed via the internet.
activities: Classes will
be a combination of discussion and lecture. It is absolutely essential
that students come to
with their assignment read and be ready to ask as
as answer questions. Class attendance is important and expected;
be will taken every day. Use will be made of email and of the internet
materials. When your reading mentions court cases, find them on
the internet. You are also encouraged to watch
programming on the A & E, Discovery, PBS, TLC, and History
channels. We might possibly take a voluntary day trip to
Nashville some Saturday to see the Hermitage, the home of President
VIII. Course requirements: There will be a mid-term October 9 and a final exam at the officially designated time; these together will constitute 60% of your grade (30%@). Your outside writing requirement and class presentation, as prescribed below, will count as 20% of your grade. Attendance (15%) and class participation (5%) will form the basis of the final 20% of your course grade.
IX. Policy on Academic Honesty (Approved by the MSU Board of Regents on June 1, 2012): Murray State University takes seriously its moral and educational obligation to maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. Instructors are expected to evaluate students’ academic achievements accurately, as well as ascertain that work submitted by students is authentic and the result of their own efforts, and consistent with established academic standards. Students are obligated to respect and abide by the basic standards of personal and professional integrity.
Violations of Academic Honesty include:
Cheating - Intentionally using
attempting to use unauthorized information such as books, notes, study
other electronic, online, or digital devices in any academic exercise;
as unauthorized communication of information by any means to or from
during any academic exercise.
Fabrication and Falsification - Intentional alteration or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification involves changing information whereas fabrication involves inventing or counterfeiting information.
Multiple Submission - The submission of substantial portions of the same academic work, including oral reports, for credit more than once without authorization from the instructor.
Plagiarism - Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, creative work, or data of someone else as one’s own in any academic exercise, without due and proper acknowledgement.
Instructors should outline their expectations that may go beyond the scope of this policy at the beginning of each course and identify such expectations and restrictions in the course syllabus. When an instructor receives evidence, either directly or indirectly, of academic dishonesty, he or she should investigate the instance. The faculty member should then take appropriate disciplinary action.
Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to the following:
Requiring the student(s) to repeat the exercise or do additional related exercise(s).
Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) on the particular exercise(s) involved.Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) in the course.
Recording Class Sessions Policy:
The surreptitious recording of class sessions is prohibited.
The recording of class sessions is permitted only with the
advance consent of the instructor. Violation
of this policy will result in expulsion from the course, a grade of E,
and the invocation of university disciplinary procedures. Also
please note that young ladies and gentlemen do not post anonymous
defamatory comments about the instructor in social media.
XI. Students with Disabilities: The Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) is designed to coordinate and administer services and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. In doing so, OSDS will review disability documentation, meet with students to determine appropriate reasonable accommodations, and work with other areas on campus to implement services. Their goal is to provide individuals with disabilities access to programs, services, and activities at Murray State University. Contact Information: Velvet Wilson, Director, 423 Wells Hall, (270) 809-5737, firstname.lastname@example.org
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XIII. Prerequisites: Junior standing, an inquiring mind, a desire to learn, and a willingness to work.
XIV. Purpose and Objective: To understand
origin, development, and current status of the executive process with
emphasis on the American Presidency.
The White House
Presidency Research Group
Center for the Study of the Presidency
American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
American Presidents: Life Portraits
The Inaugural Classroom
The American Presidency
A Chronology of U. S. Historical Documents
Townhall's Congressional Resource Center
Presidents of the United States
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
National Archives and Records Administration
Findlaw: U. S. Supreme Court Opinions
Character Above All: An Exploration of Presidential Leadership
Federal Law Pertaining to
Elections and Controversies:
Title 3, United States Code, Chapter 1
Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002
Public Law 107-243 - October 16, 2002
I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and
all that shall hereafter
inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.
John Adams, Second President of the United States
Letter to his wife, Abigail, November 2, 1800
On moving into the White House
Course Outline and Topics of Study
States Constitution, Articles I & II. Amendments XII, XX,
Examine Internet Public Library: POTUS/Presidents of the United States. Bookmark this website for frequent use. Also www.senate.gov and go to "Nominations" and "Statistics and Lists."
Read and study the chapters on the Presidency and Executive Branch in your text from POL 140, American National Government.
Go to www.usa.gov. and familiarize yourself with the agencies of the federal government via their websites. Also familiarize yourself with the Office of the Federal Register and the official White House website.
II. The Theoretical Basis of Executive PowerA. M. Henderson and Talcott Parsons, From Max Weber: The Theory of Social and Economic Organization, Free Press 1964: "The Three Pure Types of Legitimate Authority" et seq., pp. 324-373, including "The Routinization of Charisma." Email.
III. The American Presidency:
"The Magna Carta and Its American Legacy" and the English Bill of Rights (find on internet).
The English Bill of Rights
Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, volume 1, book 1, chapter 6, "Of the King's Duties," and chapter 7, "Of the King's Prerogative."
Options: Decisions to be made (lecture); review Article II, United States Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #’s 65-77.
Tatalovich & Schier, Introduction and Chapter 1.
(3) Establishment: Washington, the indispensable manTatalovich & Schier, Chapter 2.
(4) Jefferson and the JeffersoniansSee Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government.
(5) Jackson to BuchananSee POTUS . . . . . . , especially Jackson's inaugural addresses, the nullification controversy, Trail of Tears.
Final examination Wednesday, December 10, 1:30 p.m., 509 FH.
Assignment: Book Review and Class Presentation (20% of your course
grade). Your outside writing assignment for POL 443 is to read and
write a review of one of the books listed below. Even though this review is not due
until November 11, I suggest you obtain your copy soon and start on
this project right away. Please take these directions seriously and
follow them carefully. Your book review should answer all of the
following questions. Repeat the question verbatim
in bold print and single-spaced before you begin answering it.
answer it in regular print, double-spaced. The final three weeks
of our class time will be devoted to the presentation of your book
(1) Does the author have a thesis, theory or hypothesis he is testing? If not, what is the purpose of writing the book?
(2) What kinds of data, that is, what are the principal data the author brings to bear in the book? Is the book empirical, historical, intuitive, analytical, experiential (not experimental), or a combination?
(3) Summarize his most important findings, conclusions, arguments and positions. (This should constitute about 60% of your paper.)
(4) What contribution, if any, does this book make to the study of political science and/or to the clarification of contemporary political issues?
(5) What is your general assessment of the book? Is it well written? Are the author’s arguments and conclusions easy to follow? Is his argument clear? Would you recommend the book? Why or why not?
Your book review should consist of 15 to 20 typewritten, double-spaced pages printed on a good printer in #12 font. Papers not meeting these minimal criteria will not be accepted. Papers should be done in a highly competent and professional manner. Excessive errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation cannot be accepted. You should adhere closely to my handout "Tips on Good Writing" which can be downloaded from my homepage and to latest edition of Style Manual for Political Science published online by the American Political Science Association. Specific page references should be inserted throughout the text of your paper (e.g., Neustadt, p. 72 or "On page 72 the author argues that . . . . . ."). You should be certain to insert page references frequently in order to relate your review to the book properly; this means that more than direct quotes should be referenced. Also remember that a book review should consist of more than cutting and pasting a series of quotes copied from the book; you need to demonstrate that you have read the book, that you know and understand what is in it, and that you have analyzed it to reach some conclusions about the validity of its arguments. Any evidence that this paper is not your original work will result in a garde of E for the entire course and in the invocation of appropriate University disciplinary procedures. See the policy on academic honesty stated above.
Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do
for your country.
John F. Kennedy
If history teaches anything, it teaches that self delusion in the
face of unpleasant facts is folly.
If we learned anything from World War II, we
learned that appeasement doesn't work.
George H. W. Bush
I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more
freedom and democracy - but that could change.