Study of Congress, its structure, procedures, role, and impact in American Government. Prerequisite: POSC 111.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Odd Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Any current edition of a textbook on Congress or legislative process covering all topics in the Topical Outline. Suggested texts are:
By Dodd and Oppenheimer (C Q Press) Recommended
Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process
By Oleszek, Walter (C Q Press) Recommended
Congress and Its Members
By Davidson (CQ Press) Recommended
The American Congress
By Smith, Roberts, and Wielen (Cambridge) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Explain the historical development of the U.S. Congress and how the institution has evolved over time.
Describe the process whereby members of the House and Senate are elected and critique those processes.
Describe how committees, parties, leadership roles, interest groups, and informal groups such as caucuses affect Congresses behavior.
Explain the process of producing legislation from introduction to final passage.
Describe the relationship between Congress and the other branches of government as well as between Congress and external entities such as interest groups and the media.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Note: A significant writing component is required for this course. The requirement may be satisfied by requiring students to write a single type-written paper of twelve or more pages, properly cited, or by multiple assignments of similar length.
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.