Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

Harvard University Dept. of Political Science

The Obamas in 2008 (Jim Young/Reuters)

S Y L L A B U S

“Politics, Persuasion, and the Presidency: Governance in a Broken Age”

Fall 2013

Professor Barack Obama

Lecture: Tues/Thurs 11:30 AM

Sections TBD

Class Overview: What makes a successful president? And who defines “success” in our current era of political breakdown? Through a series of lectures, guest lectures, and section readings, students will explore the recent political past and critique the current political system.

Class Requirements: Attendance at all lectures. These will be conducted by Professor Obama, and will be crucial for the completion of all coursework. Attendance at section meetings is also required. Students will be asked to complete a

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