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POLS 127 – The Congressional Process

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Organization, procedure, and behavior of the chambers of the U.S. Congress. Prerequisite: POLS 021.

Section Description: In Political Science 127 we focus on the United States Congress. More specifically, we will concentrate on a wide range of topics pertaining to the U.S. Congress, such as elections, the legislative process, leadership, parties, committees, and Congress's role in the larger policy-making environment. In studying these and other matters, we will assess Congress's effectiveness, and its strengths and weaknesses. With Republicans in Congress having largely abdicated their institutional and constitutional authority and responsibility during Donald Trump's presidency, we will explore whether Congress is a "broken branch," or whether the partisan polarization and the ebbs and flows in congressional activity and assertiveness are inevitable and not unprecedented. Throughout the semester we also will delve into how Congress might operate differently. Class meetings will be a combination of lecture and discussion.

CRN: 13636

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 40/40

Days Time Location
TR 08:30 - 09:45 LAFAYETTE HALL L302

Instructor(s): Eileen Kay Burgin

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020