POL 306 - Congress - American Legislative Process
Prerequisite(s): POL 223
Congress is the chief lawmaking body of our federal government. The purpose of this course is to give students an in depth understanding of Congressional behavior. Topics covered include the electoral connection between Congress and constituents, the committee-based organizational structure of the House and Senate, and the role that parties play in shaping outcomes. Finally, students will be able to use what they have learned to carry out a Congressional simulation and discuss the prospects for reforming our nation's legislature. Grades will be based on participation, exams, and a research paper.