This course will examine the process of policy-making at the Federal level in the United States with particular focus on the role of Congress. Readings will consist of a mix of political science scholarship and in-depth journalistic accounts of particular cases of legislative policy making. Class assignments will allow students an opportunity develop expertise about the legislative process in a policy area of interest to them.
The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members which also giving the students and understanding for faculty research. Junior seminars fulfill upper-DIV requirements in the major.
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status, with a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.3. Students must place themselves on the waitlist through TeleBEARS in Phase II. Selection and notification will occur around January 14, 2013. Priority may be given to students who have not yet taken a junior seminar.