PSCI 311
Congress Fall 2017
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed PSCI 311 / LEAD 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#: 1643
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short papers, and a 20-page research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: PSCI 201 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors with American Politics concentration and Leadership Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 311 Division II LEAD 311 Division II
Attributes: PSCI American Politics Courses
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