Washington Center

Spring Semester 2020

Lobbying, Money and Influence in Washington

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Term or Semester: 
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Semester Dates: 
January 7 - April 14, 2020
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Semester Elective
Description: 

This course will be an intense examination of lobbying in Washington with particular attention given to the role of money and campaign finance in the operation of what has become a highly sophisticated and poorly under-stood network of advocacy and influence. It will provide a basic understanding of three different but interrelated knowledge sets: the Congress, political money and lobbying by interest groups. Student should understand that while the lectures are focused on those individual subject areas and that the semester is divided into three separate sections for that purpose, the readings later in the term will often relate to earlier lectures. This is done with the intent of “connecting the dots” among all these somewhat diverse topical areas.

Draft Syllabus

*This course is not approved for UC Berkeley students to take*

Course ID: 
UCDCSEM6S20

The U.S. Supreme Court

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 9 - March 12, 2020
Semester Dates: 
January 9 - April 15, 2020
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

*Requirement for ALL semester students:

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 Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu) with questions.

Professor Gresko will begin teaching the Supreme Court seminar on Tthursdays, beginning January 9, 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.

Course ID: 
UCDC191I01W20

Presidential & Executive Power: Polling in a Presidential Election Year

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 9 - March 12, 2020
Semester Dates: 
January 9 - April 15, 2020
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

This class will provide you with the practical research skills required to design, field, evaluate, and analyze a sample survey with and focus on elections. It will combine statistical theory with actual practice and exploration, taking the insights of political scientists and political practitioners and rolling them into one. We will take special advantage of the fact that this class is taking place during the Democratic presidential primaries and in the run-up to the 2020 general election. We are in a data and information rich environment and will analyze and gather data in real time. Although the focus of this class is on political polling, the basics convey to all sorts of other survey studies.  And, even if politics is not a career goal, understanding how to conduct, consume, and think about research is a valuable professional skill, crucial for anybody who is gathering evidence to make decisions in a variety of fields.  

Draft Syllabus

*Requirement for ALL semester students: 

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 Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu) with questions.

Professor Goldstein will begin teaching the Polling seminar on Thursdays, beginning January 9, 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.

Course ID: 
UCDC191C01W20

Judicial Process and Politics

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 9 - March 12, 2020
Semester Dates: 
January 9 - April 15, 2020
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

The theme of this course is that the judiciary is a political institution in the American scheme of government. This topic couldn’t be more relevant than it is now in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election as we witness courts across the country actively involved in resolving numerous and varied disputes arising from political conflicts. Our focus will be less on the substantive issues, per se (this is not a civil liberties or constitutional law course), and more on the institutional structures, personnel, and processes that affect the outcomes of court business. We will examine the organization of both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels; the many actors who participate in courts, such as litigants, lawyers, judges, juries, and interest groups. Also, we will distinguish between civil and criminal courts to understand how and why disputes are resolved in court. By the end of the term, you will understand how the judiciary is as much a political as it is a legal institution and is a fundamental part of American politics.

Among the course requirements will be field assignments, so students should not schedule work hours on our seminar day.

Draft Syllabus

*Requirement for ALL semester students: 

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 Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu) with questions.

Professor Diascro will begin teaching the Judicial Process and Politics seminar on Thursdays, beginning January 9, 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.

Course ID: 
UCDC191I02W20

Contemporary Politics and Washington Media

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 8 - March 11, 2020
Semester Dates: 
January 8 - April 15, 2020
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

What is the difference between “fake news’’and journalism? Does objectivity exist? Why does President Trump call the news media the “enemy of the people.? This seminar explores the rapidly evolving relationship between the news media, governing and politics. Washington is the perfect backdrop for such a course, with the opportunity to visit iconic institutions, such as the National Press Club and the Newseum, and the chance to witness the work of journalists and public officials at the top of their profession. The class features lectures, discussions, field visits and guest speakers. Students will complete a major research project on a newsworthy topic which will be written in journalistic form in addition to shorter writing and speaking assignments. The course is aimed particularly at students interning at news organizations, political press offices, speechwriting groups, public relations firms or anyone with a passion for writing or politics.

Draft Syllabus

*Requirement for ALL semester students: 

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 Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu) with questions.

Professor Sandalow will begin teaching the Washington Media seminar on Wednesdays beginning January 8, 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.

Course ID: 
UCDC191F01W20

Current Issues in US Immigration Policy

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Term or Semester: 
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Semester Dates: 
January 7 - April 14, 2020
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Semester Elective
Description: 

This course examines contemporary issues in U.S. immigration policy, one of the highest profile policy issues in recent years. The course will introduce students to the structure of US legal immigration and immigration enforcement policies, and will ground current policy debates in historical context. It will also provide an overview of current immigration trends and how they are shaped by policy and how they fit into the demographics of the contemporary United States.

Draft Syllabus

Course ID: 
UCDCSEM2S20

Political Advocacy and Public Opinion in a Digital Age

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Term or Semester: 
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Semester Dates: 
January 7 - April 14, 2020
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: 
UCDCSEM1S20

International Development

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 7 - March 10, 2020
Semester Dates: 
January 7 - April 15, 2020
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

This is an introductory course to the international development field. The focus is on some of the key questions, challenges and achievements in this field. Materials from the course (readings, documentaries, discussions of current events) will enhance your understanding of the dominant approaches to poverty alleviation, the role of inter/national development actors, organizations and institutions, the promises of post-2015 Development Goals including the empowerment of women and youth. You will be exposed to the theoretical foundations of the field and will be required to make sense of these by following current events and drawing on your internship experiences in the nation’s Capital as well as your interactions with various experts, policy makers and development practitioners. The ultimate-goal of the course is to enhance your understanding of the various causes and consequences of development problems and encourage you to develop individual perspective on effective strategies for change. 

Draft Syllabus

*Requirement for ALL semester students:

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 Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu) with questions.

Professor Skalli Hanna will begin teaching the International Development seminar on Tuesdays, beginning January 7, 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

Course ID: 
UCDC191E02W20

General Research

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 7 - March 10, 2020
Semester Dates: 
January 7 - April 15, 2020
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

Gathering knowledge and learning the truth about the world around us is a fundamental part of human development and progress. While most of us take knowledge and truth for granted, the process by which we understand our political, social, cultural, physical, biological environment has become particularly salient in the last couple of years as we’ve been confronted with an ever-increasing post-fact and post-truth world. While we are all affected by biases that obstruct critical thinking, challenging these biases is essential to making rational, evidence-based argument and decisions.

The focus of this seminar is writing and research. Students will choose a research topic related to the work of their internship organization and will spend the writing various parts of what will become a final research paper. This seminar is designed to hone the critical writing and thinking skills necessary for developing evidence-based arguments. Students of all majors and writing experience are welcome!

Draft Syllabus

*Requirement for ALL semester students: 

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 Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro.edu) with questions.

Professor Diascro will begin teaching the General Research seminar on Tuesdays, beginning January 7, 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.

Course ID: 
UCDC191A01W20

International Policy Research

Credits: 
4
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 7 - March 10, 2020
Semester Dates: 
January 7 - April 15, 2020
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

This seminar is designed to help you to engage critically and think systematically about crucial questions that are global in scope and to guide you through the process of developing a significant research paper. This is not a field seminar in international relations. Lectures and readings will touch on some foundational theories and concepts in comparative and international politics but will be heavily focused on principles of social science research. The issues and problems covered during class discussions and that you read and write about will be driven by your own geographical and substantive interests. The course is also designed to help you to connect your academic pursuits with your professional development in your internships and the broader political ecosystem of Washington, DC. Through the course, we will collectively engage with some of the most crucial problems facing the world’s peoples in the 21st century while examining their causes, consequences, and potential solutions.

Draft Syllabus

Requirement for all semester students:

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 Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu) with questions.

Professor Danielson will begin teaching the International Policy seminar on Tuesdays, beginning January 7 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.

Course ID: 
UCDC191E01W20

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