PSCI 311 Fall 2014 Congress (W)

Cross Listed as LEAD311
In an organization comprised of equals, how and why do some senators and representatives acquire more power and authority than others? How does Congress, often considered to be the most powerful assembly in the world, organize itself so that it can act as an institution and not just a platform for 535 individuals? Why does Congress not act, especially when the U.S. confronts so many pressing problems, and how do legislators justify inaction? In what ways does this institution promote-or hinder-the legitimacy, responsiveness, and responsibility expected of a democratic governing institution?
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short papers, research paper
Additional Info: American Politics Subfield; Research Skills Course
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Prerequisites: PSCI 201 or permission of instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course,PSCI American Politics Courses,PSCI Research Courses
Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 1618
PSCI 311 - 01 (F) SEM Congress (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Cathy M. Johnson
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 040 1618
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