Washington Center

Spring Semester 2019

Political Advocacy and Public Opinion in a Digital Age

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Term or Semester: 
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Semester Dates: 
January 8 - April 16, 2019
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Semester Elective
Description: 

This course is for the bold and the brave, for the student who wants to examine effective communication methods that influence public opinion and public policy in today’s political environment and experientially test those methods. Students will leave this class smarter on how Congress works in a digital age and on theories of political representation, advocacy, legislative behavior, and the American voter. Additionally, students will learn strategies and tips from guest speakers and experts on Capitol Hill as well as those attempting to influence Capitol Hill; the applied component of the course will inevitably build public speaking and leadership skills aimed at influencing public policy. 

 

Draft Syllabus

Course ID: 
UCDCSEM7S18

American Political Journalism

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Term or Semester: 
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Semester Dates: 
January 8 - April 16, 2019
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Semester Elective
Description: 

This class will explore the relationships among politics, news media and government. It will do so by focusing on particular news events in which the role of the media became an integral part of the story. Some of the sessions may change based on guest speakers’ schedules; topics of discussion and readings may also change based on breaking news events.

 

Draft Syllabus

Course ID: 
UCDCSEM4S18

International Policy

Credits: 
4
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 8 - March 12, 2019
Semester Dates: 
January 8 - April 16, 2019
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

This seminar is designed to help you to engage critically and think systematically about crucial questions of international and global affairs. Through discussion of current events, student-directed research projects, and course readings, we will engage with a wide range of issues and problems that are international or global in scale. In so doing we will seek to identify and understand the nature and behavior of major actors in the international political arena of the 21st century. This is a research seminar with an applied approach that focuses on understanding and resolving pressing problems of foreign policy and international affairs.

 

Draft Syllabus 

Course ID: 
UCDC191E01W-S19

The U.S. Supreme Court

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 10 - March 14, 2019
Semester Dates: 
January 10 - April 18, 2019
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

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 Supreme Court's place in the U.S. legal system. Topics we will cover include: how a case gets to the court, the justices, the role of lawyers before the court, the purpose of oral argument, the court building and its symbolism, and media coverage of the court. At least once during the semester students will attend an oral argument, and cases currently before the court will be used as a reference point for class discussion. This class is geared not only toward anyone who is interested in the law or government service but also toward anyone interested in working on or being informed about the biggest issues of the day.

 

Draft Syllabus

 

Course ID: 
UCDC191I01W-S19

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