Political Science | United States Congress
Y319 | 9067 | Brandt
This fall as in every other even numbered year, we have the chance
to go to the polls and elect new members of the House of Representative and
one-third of the U.S. Senate. This opportunity to elect (or in many cases
reelect) our national legislators changes the course of American politics
and public policy. In choosing our representatives we can have a say in
issues as prayer in schools, gun control, abortion rights, health care
policy, saving Social Security, taxes, and many other issues.
This course will cover the major aspects of the election,
organization and lawmaking in the U.S. Congress. We will discuss and
analyze congressional elections, and how recent elections have changed the
face of, and policies passed by recent Congresses. Second, we will discuss
the internal organization of Congress -- why it matters and what it means
for the laws that govern our society. Finally, we will study how members of
Congress make decisions, how they write legislation and the role of money,
interest groups, and elections on the policies made by Congress.
The course requirements include two (2) exams, and a short paper.
In addition, students will be expected to follow current events and bring
their knowledge of these events to bear on class discussion.