Washington Center

Congress and Politics in Washington

Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Quarter Dates: 
September 24 - December 3, 2019
Semester Dates: 
August 28 - December 3, 2019
Core Seminar

This thematic research seminar explores the history of Congress—the first branch under the Constitution—and its role in making public policy, as well as other issues in contemporary politics and government. The subject matter will cover the relationship between Congress and the Presidency, the organization and operation of Congress, the emergence of a highly polarized electorate and government, and the 2020 election.  The course is also designed to provide students with a balanced understanding of the broader political process and the political environment in Washington.

Draft Syllabus


*Requirement for ALL semester students:  

The first four weeks of this semester (August 28 to September 18) 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. Please contact Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro.edu) with questions.

Professor Lawrence will begin teaching the Congress seminar on Tuesdays, beginning September 24, and he 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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