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Presidency and Congress
Last revised 9 Jan. 2012 with revised
learning objectives and minor editing, by Jeremy
Catalogue Language: PSC 305 Presidency and Congress.
of the two dominant federal institutions and their processes; contrasting
methods of election, constituencies served, goals, staff and time horizon.
Characteristics and operation of government in foreign and domestic policymaking,
budgeting; and the instruments of conflict and cooperation. 200 level course
in PSC recommended.
Student Learning Objectives, students will demonstrate
knowledge of, and critical thinking about:
To offer essential knowledge and conceptual understanding
of two topics for the political science major
Further develop critical thinking, and oral and written
communication skills introduced at the 200 level
The style of the course will be both lecture and seminar-based.
Sometimes part of a session will be used for a film; frequently you will
be expected to contribute presentations, questions and discussion. You
may present from outline notes, but not by reading out of the book: that
the powers and processes and development of the modern
the composition, powers, processes and development
of the modern Congress
the contrasting methods of election and campaigning
the constituencies served, goals, staff and time horizon
the functioning of parties in Congress and the presidency
the characteristics and operation of government in
foreign and domestic policy, including budgeting
conflict and cooperation among the Senate, House and
the presidency, including congressional oversight of the executive
Edwards III, George C. and Stephen J. Wayne.
Leadership: Politics and Policymaking. (NY: St. Martin's Press)
Loomis, Burdett A., and Wendy Schiller.
The Contemporary Congress. (NY: St. Martin's Press)
These books are shared among
several political science courses:
Curtis, Michael (ed).
The Great Political Theories, Vol. II
Nivola & Rosenbloom
(eds) Classic Readings in American Politics St. Martins 3/e 1999
0-312-08419-6 [required sections on presidency & congress]
Recommended but no longer required: Dodd &
Oppenheimer, eds, Congress Reconsidered. Popular anthology
of perspectives, great for term papers, frequently updated in new editions.
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