English - Elective 3, topic 4: Contemporary American Politics in 2020: The Presidential Election Beckons

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“Contemporary American Politics in 2020” focuses on American politics as we approach the important upcoming 2020 general election. How adept has the U.S. political system been in terms of accommodating the unconventional President Donald Trump? Will Trump run again, and can he win? Has democracy in America been imperiled by polarization and personality politics? Will 2020 see American politics revert to normality again? Answering the questions above requires knowledge of the US political system. The course gives an in-depth survey on how the political system works and how that system interacts with wider American culture outside of Washington, D.C.




  • Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, King Lear, and Measure for Measure.
  • Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.
  • A selections passages from Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queen.
  • John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.
  • Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy.
  • Ben Jonson’s Volpone.
  • A selection of poetry from the Jacobean Age, including works by John Donne and Lady Mary Wroth.
  • John Milton’s early writings and his political pamphlets.
  • Excerpts from Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan.
  • A selection of poetry from the Caroline and Commonwealth Period, including works by George Herbert and Andrew Marvel
7,5 ECTS
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Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 162,75
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • English
  • 204,75