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Courses

A list of current and past courses offered at UCDC is provided below. Use the drop-down menu to select the relevant Quarter or Semester course listing. For detailed information about a course, click on the course title. You may also view a calendar of the full slate of courses for the current term by visiting the Course Schedule.

For information on future courses offered at UCDC, please see Future Courses.

Fall Quarter 2017 & Fall Semester 2017

Core Seminar

  • General Research

    Research methods in the social sciences are a set of tools that assist us in understanding our world. This seminar is designed to teach you...

  • International Policy

    This course is designed to help you think systematically about international and global policy issues, and will guide you in writing a substantive research paper based on a topic of your choice. The course seeks to consider contemporary events and...

  • International Policy

    This seminar is designed to help you to engage critically and think systematically about crucial questions of international and global policy. Through weekly news briefings, student research, and course readings, we will engage with a wide range of...

  • The Congress: History, Operation and Current Issues

    This course will focus on the design and operation of the U.S. Congress and its relationship with the Executive Branch.  Students will also gain insights into how legislators spend their time in Washington and in their constituencies. A key feature of...

  • The Presidency and Executive Power

    The Trump presidency is at one and the same time unprecedented in certain of its attributes and yet fully reflective of enduring paradoxes of executive power in the American constitutional system. This course will put the current presidency in...

  • The U.S. Supreme Court

    Gay marriage. The death penalty. Abortion. Health care. Cell phone privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard cases on all of these topics in recent years, and its decisions ultimately touch the lives of all Americans. In this class we will study the...

  • Washington Media

    This seminar will examine the relationship between politics, governance and the media, in all its new finery. By wedding practice with theory, the course provides an academic framework for students interning in government, news media and advocacy...

Fall Quarter 2017

Core Seminar

  • Washington Focus

    Our nation’s capital is a center of governance and politics but also of historical sites, research institutes, arts and cultural institutions, and diverse communities. In this seminar you will become acquainted with Washington DC – its beauty and...

Quarter Elective

  • Anthropology of War

    This course will engage in social, anthropological and historical works to look at ways in which visual and textual medias both produce a culture of war and are produced by war.  Starting with the notion of war as a “primitive ritual,” this class will...

  • Money, Message & Media

    This course will look at all aspects of national campaigns, from the evolution of political parties and advertising, to the messages of potential 2016 candidates, the impact of social media and role of outside interest groups.  The class will provide...

  • U.S. Foreign Policy

    This course examines contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy, focusing primarily on a series of regional case studies including the Persian Gulf (Iran and Iraq); the Middle East and North Africa; U.S. and Japan, the Koreas & East Asia;...

  • Youth, Social Media and Development

    Digital technologies and online social networks play an increasingly important role in the political, social and economic development of all societies. In the Global North and South, it is largely the young generation of men and women (30 years old...