LEAD 311
Congress Fall 2022
Division II
Cross-listed PSCI 311 / LEAD 311

Class Details

Even before the pandemic, scholars, pundits, and the public thought Congress was in a state of crisis. Riven by polarized partisanship and gridlock, the most powerful assembly in the world seemed incapable of representing citizens and addressing problems. This seminar focuses on how Congress organizes itself to act as a collective body. In an organization comprised of equals, how and why do some senators and representatives acquire more power and authority than others? How does Congress 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: 10
Class#: 1926
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two short papers, and a final research paper
Prerequisites: PSCI 201 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors with American Politics concentration and Leadership Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 311 Division II LEAD 311 Division II
Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course
PSCI American Politics Courses
PSCI Research Courses

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