Congress_Spring'12_Syllabus(1) (1)

Congress_Spring'12_Syllabus(1) (1) - PAF 410.10 Policy...

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Course # 38130 Spring 2010 Syllabus T UESDAYS HURSDAYS : 2:30-4:50 p.m., Heroy Aud I NSTRUCTOR Carol Dwyer, Director, Community Benchmarks Program 102 Maxwell Hall x3934 [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and by appointment. T EACHING A SSISTANTS Chelsea Damberg, [email protected] Chris Jennison, [email protected] Christine Ward, [email protected] Erica Maltby, [email protected] Erica Zimmerman, [email protected] Gabby Levinson, [email protected] Office Hours: By Appointment P URPOSE Learn how policy evolves in the federal legislative process Course Objectives Students will . . . follow policy issues as they move through Congress explore the relationships to the press, bureaucrats and lobbyists with members of Congress and the policy decisions that result draft legislation develop their speaking and research skills through the various opportunities provided meet the challenges of teamwork and communication learn while doing and have some fun along the way This course supports the Policy Studies Major. The intent is to help students develop skills in some, but not necessarily all, of the following eight goals of the Policy Studies Major. 1. Apply problem solving to societal problems 2. Understand the implementation of public policy 3. Gather information in a variety of ways 4. Use computer programs to analyze quantitative data and/or develop reports 5. Communicate effectively in oral and written venues 6. Work efficiently on individual projects 7. Perform effectively on team projects 8. Gain knowledge of societal problems, causes, and policy in at least one specific area Policy and the Legislative Process                                               Spring 2012 Syllabus  Page 1 of 8
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Structure The first weeks are devoted to research about the roles of the President, cabinet members, bureaucrats, Congress, the press and lobbyists as well as policy critical to our country. Throughout the semester, students will study and debate the current issues of the day following parliamentary procedure. Students will spend most of the semester putting into practice what they have learned as each assumes a role for the simulation. Students will draft legislation, react to unexpected situations, deliberate and decide on America's most pressing issues—as they are written and discussed by the press. S UPPLEMENTAL M ATERIALS Available for loan at 102B Maxwell Baker, R. (2008). . (4 th ed.). New York: Norton Black.A.E. (2007). From inspiration to legislation: How an idea becomes a bilI. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson th ed). (2008). Congress and Its Members DC: CQ Press Greenberg, E. (1996), The House and Senate explained. New York: Norton Oleszek, W.J. (2007). Congressional procedures and the policy process . DC: CQ Press. G
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  • Fall '08
  • Maxwell
  • United States Congress, CQ Press, Congressional Quarterly, Legislative Process                                               Spring

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