Political Science | Indiana State Gov & Politics
Y307 | 3412 | Waltenburg
This course is designed for students who are serving as interns in
the Indiana General Assembly. It is intended to place the internship
experience in a broader, conceptual understanding of legislative behavior.
Sessions will be held weekly in the Statehouse. They will consist of
discussions and presentations on a variety of topics relevant to the
legislative setting presented by the Indiana General Assembly.
Regular attendance and participation
Completion of reading assignments (copies of
the reading assignments will be distributed in class)
One short paper on a question from the assigned
Take home final examination
Topics: Discussions and presentations will concern some of the following
Styles: Capital vs. District
Going Public: The Assembly and the Media
The Legislature Parties and Caucuses
Rules, Procedures, and Norms
Determinants of Voting
External Forces -- Interest Groups, the
Executive, and the Judiciary
Selected Policy Topics
Students who are enrolled for additional credit (under POLS Y480) will write
a 12 to 15 page case study on a piece of legislation before the Indiana
General Assembly. Students should select a piece of legislation that is of
interest to them, their legislator, or the legislature in general. If you
are enrolling for 12 credit hours total, this paper must be a minimum of 15
pages long and include an element of quantitative analysis C actually put
your hypotheses to some sort of systematic test.
In a case study, the researcher examines one case of a phenomenon in
considerable detail. Here, your goal is to rigorously describe and explain
what happened concerning your piece of legislation. And, based upon your
careful observation, generate possible general explanations for the behavior
you observed C that is, produce testable hypotheses.
Your case study should be framed in a general theory of legislative
behavior. Thus, you must become somewhat familiar with state and national
analyses of legislative decisional behavior.
I will not countenance weak or sloppy academic work; nor will I accept a
late paper unless extraordinary conditions are present. If you have
difficulty with this project, you should contact me as soon as possible. Do
not wait until deadlines loom.
For this paper I am your audience. You may presume a general familiarity
with legislative research; however, you may not presume I know all of the
details of your specific piece of legislation. In addition to substantive
content and analytical rigor, grammar, syntax, diction, style, spelling, and
vocabulary will weigh in your paper's grade. Normal grammatical rules will
apply, but I WILL NOT ACCEPT THE USE OF CONTRACTIONS.
Your paper is due during the finals week of Spring semester (May 1-6),
Purdue W. Lafayette campus.