PSCI 311
Congress Fall 2014
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed LEAD 311 / PSCI 311
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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?
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 1618
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short papers, research paper
Extra Info: American Politics Subfield; Research Skills Course
Prerequisites: PSCI 201 or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 311 Division II PSCI 311 Division II
Attributes: LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course
PSCI American Politics Courses
PSCI Research Courses

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