Washington Center

Congress and Politics in Washington D.C.

Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 7 to March 10, 2020
Semester Dates: 
January 7 to April 15, 2020
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, and the emergence of a highly polarized electorate and government.  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

*Required for all semester students enrolled in a seminar: 

The last four weeks of this semester (March 25 to April 15) 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 Dr. Diascro (jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu) with questions regardint the module.

Dr. Lawrence 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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