Washington Center

Congress, Elections, and the Presidency

Day and Time: 
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
September 28 to December 7, 2016
Semester Dates: 
August 31 to December 7, 2016
Core Seminar

This course will focus on the fundamental roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Congress and their interactions with the executive branch as it relates to the policymaking process. Given the presidential election of 2016, students will also gain further insight into the electoral process and hear first-hand from legislative staffers, policymakers, and others on the realities of campaigning, policymaking, and representation during an election year. Students will have the opportunity to publish research and write and recite their own floor speeches. A key feature of the class will involve the analysis of legislative behavior and executive action on policy areas being discussed and debated in the 2016 election cycle. Other topics include the committee system and lawmaking, presidential powers, House and Senate rules/procedures, political parties, the budget process and campaign finance, lobbying and interest groups, foreign policy, the Courts and the Bureaucracy.


*Required for all semester students enrolled in the Congress, Supreme Court, International Relations and Media seminars:  The first four weeks of this semester (August 31 to September 21) will be spent in a special topics module taught by Professor Jennifer Diascro on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. See syllabus below. Please contact Dr. Diascro at jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu with questions. Dr. Demessie will begin teaching the Congress seminar on Wednesdays, beginning September 28, and she will officially be your instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades at the end of the term.

**NO additional registration required.


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