Political Management by President Donald Trump

University of Auckland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Management by President Donald Trump

  • Host University

    University of Auckland

  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Government, Human Resources, International Affairs, International Politics, Leadership, Management Science, Media Studies, Political Science, Research

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    It is expected students will have completed at least two full years at a four year instituion at time of participation.

    Required Skills/Pre-requisites
    - Ability to learn new cross-disciplinary concepts quickly
    - Research skills to identify a wide range of sources on the case study
    - High analytical ability to be able to process and synthesise a wide range of material quickly 
    - Able to work independently and produce written work on time 
    - Strong initiative but also responsive to supervision and advice
    - Familarity with US politics 

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Political management is about planning, organising, HR, leading and reviewing and affects the ability of governments to achieve their goals. It includes issues such as how to create an effective strategic plan and how to appoint and manage staff in the White House. This scholarship will conduct a case study of the effectiveness of political management by President Donald Trump. It will research sources on the case related to political management including primary sources such as presidential/White House documents, policies, speeches and websites, public opinion data, and secondary sources including media reports. It will then apply new theoretical concepts created by the supervisor to those sources to provide analysis of the extent to which Trump’s use of political management meets the theory.


    The main goal is to collect and analyse a diverse range of sources on political management by Trump. This will be broken down into:

    Review and comprehend theory about political management including: 

    • Planning: Vision, goals, plans 
    • Organising: structure, culture and communication 
    • Political HR: recruitment, promotion, training
    • Leading: power, influence, adaptation 
    • Reviewing: reflection and correction

    2. Identify sources related to the political management by President Donald Trump such as

    • primary sources: presidential/White House documents, policies, plans, reports, speeches, website and videos
    • public opinion data
    • media articles, including quotes from the president, senior politicians and staff

    3. Analyse these sources against the political management theory and write a 6000 word paper ‘A case study of President Donald Trump’s political management’

    4. Work with the supervisor to build an online resource centre/coursebuilder website with political management related lists of reading and sources to stimulate further research

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