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As defined in Article I of the Constitution, the Congress occupies a central role in the U.S. federal governmental system. The legislative processes of the U.S. Congress, however, have evolved in form and complexity since the first Congress, 1789-1791. While taking account of historical developments that influenced the evolution of the Congress, current congressional organization will be the major focus of study, including committee structures, rules and informal practices, elections, and the role of lobbyists and interest groups. Checks and balances in relation to the two other branches of the national government will be highlighted, in addition to consideration of the impact of state governments and actors on the national legislative process.
Prerequisites: An introductory course in Political Science or American History
This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Fall 1.
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