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The Legislative Branch
THE LEG BRANCH
CLASS CODE: POLSC 315 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: A detailed study of the powers, structure, organization, and procedures of the U. S. Congress and state legislatures, incuding relations with pressure groups and with the other branches of government.
TAUGHT:
CONTENT AND TOPICS: A detailed study of the powers, structure, organization, and procedures of the U. S. Congress and state legislatures, incuding relations with pressure groups and with the other branches of government.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Identify the constitutional framework and specific powers which form the basis and the boundaries of presidential authority.
Identify the major periods in the historical evolution of Congress and the major theories which have been used to study congressional power and the process of making law.
Identify the major elements, historical developments, and modern processes by which members of Congress are chosen, including the pre-campaign period, the nomination process, and the general election campaign.
Identify major characteristics of congressional leadership styles and the ways in which various members of Congress have used those characteristics.
Identify the major elements of the Congress as an institution, including the committee structure and oversight responsibilities of Congress.
Identify the major ways members of Congress interact with political parties and pressure groups, with state and local governments.
Identify the major processes by which both foreign and domestic policies are formulated in Congress and laws are made.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001