[POLS 219] Power and Politics in America: From the Halls of Congress to the West Wing


How do the three branches of government exercise their power over policy in America? Using a variety of role-playing simulations, student get a hands-on view of how the U.S. Congress, Presidency, and Federal Courts function. Working through these simulations, students learn about the shifting balance of power between the three branches and gain an understanding of political actors as they make the decisions that affect hundreds of millions of people. In addition to the simulations, students learn about theories of elite behavior, helping to understand the motivations behind the actions. Throughout the semester, students confront questions about internal and external threats to the health of our democratic institutions.

Course Title

Power and Politics in America: From the Halls of Congress to the West Wing

Course Code

POLS 219

Units

1

Fulfills Domain/Capstone Requirements

3B

Prerequisites

Prerequisites: Political Science 110 or consent of instructor.

Frequency

Offered alternate spring terms.

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