The life of Barack Obama ADED11400

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

We will place Barack Obama in the context of a changing America from the early years of his life through to his two terms in the White House. The course will consider Obama's significance, successes, failures and potential legacy.


Block 2, weeks 1-5, Tuesdays 13.00-15.00 (Netherlee Pavillion, East Renfrewshire)

Block 2, weeks 1-5, Thursdays 12.45-14.45 (Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the life, career and potential legacy of Barack Obama

■ Illustrate how America developed and evolved during the life of Barack Obama and how as state legislator, Senator and President he both responded to, and shaped change.

■ Introduce students to aspects of presidential politics in the USA as illustrated by the Obama presidency.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Analyse the forces and events which have influenced and shaped the life and career of Barack Obama

■ Critically assess the failures and successes of Obama the politician

■ Compare and contrast historian's debates about the presidency of Barack Obama

■ Identify and understand the role and powers of the President in the 21st century through a case study of Barack Obama.


The above will be demonstrated through discussion in class.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits