Congress and the Legislative Process
- Laurel M Harbridge - 847 4671147 - 601 University Place # 311
- University Hall 102 - TuTh 11:00AM - 12:20PM
- This course introduces students to the analysis of the United States Congress. The subject matter covers many aspects of Congress - from congressional elections and redistricting, to the committee system, to political parties and polarization. We will also explore how pressures from the president and interest groups affect Congress. The course emphasizes how the goals of members, particularly reelection, shape the organization of the institution and the policies it produces.
- Recommended that students take PoliSci 220 (Intro to American Politics) or equivalent.
- By the end of the course, you will have acquired the following skills:
(1) Use the basic tools of spatial analysis
(2) Recognize the impact of elections on legislative behavior
(3) Evaluate the role of parties in Congress
(4) Discuss and describe the problems facing the current Congress
(5) Approach the study of Congress like a Political Scientist
- Lecture and Discussion Sections
- Short Problem Set, Mid-Term Exam, Paper, Final Exam, Participation and Discussion
- Davidson, Roger H., Walter Oleszek and Frances Lee. 2012. Congress and Its Members. 13th Edition.
ISBN # 978-1-60871-642-5
(All other readings available via Library reserve or Blackboard)
- Will hold class on Tuesday of reading week to wrap up Congressional simulation.
- Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area
Prerequisites apply, see description
Overview of class
Class Materials (Required)
Current as of 05/03/13 05:40:41 PM