Congress

Spring 2015 Congress Syllabus (updated 1/14)

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Paper assignment

Exam 1 Study Guide    Exam 2 Study Guide    Exam 3 Study Guide

Slides & Additional Readings (PDF format): 

Week 1 Tuesday: Cong 1-13-15

Thursday: Cong 1-15-15 additional readings: U.S. Constitution, Binder

Week 2 Tuesday: Cong 1-20-15 The revolt…, Boehner’s dissidentsBest not miss

Thursday: Cong 1-22-15

Week 3 Tuesday: Cong 1-27-15, CongressLab Gerrymander

Thursday: Cong 1-29-15 Quiz 1optional Incumbency, Local politicsGerrymander

Week 4 Tuesday: Cong 2-3-15Effective legislators

Thursday: Cong 2-5-15 Representation assignment

Week 5 Tuesday: Quiz 2, Cong 2-10-15

Thursday: Cong 2-12-15 Leadership assignment Boehner, Four parties, Party disciplinePolarization, State Leg, Partisanship in 2 HousesBest not miss

Week 6 Tuesday: Cong 2-17-15 Exam 1 (2/17)

Thursday: Cong 2-19-15 Committee assignment

Week 7 Tuesday: Cong 2-24-15

Thursday: Cong 2-26-15 20 insane rules, Senate flashbackCRomnibus, Nuclear Option

Week 8 Tuesday: Cong 3-3-15 Quiz 3

Thursday: Cong 3-5-15 Congress sues, Harry Reid, Veto bargaining, Already read: LBJ myth

Week 9 Tuesday: Cong 3-17-15 Appellate bench, Judicial outlook

Thursday: Quiz 4, Cong 3-19-15 Top spenders, Price of access , Optional: Retirement

Week 10 Tuesday: Cong 3-24-15

Thursday: Cong 3-26-15 NASA, Testifying, Costs of Oversight

Week 11 Tuesday: Exam 2

Thursday: Paper outline (4th assignment), Cong 4-2-15 Optional: Torture report, Backing rebelsISIS strikes, Iran

Week 12 Tuesday: Cong 4-7-15 Great Society, Rules on calculating, optional: Tough on crime

Thursday:  Budget assignment (or printout version), Cong 4-9-15 Budget Fix Article, 2015 Budget

Week 13 Tuesday: Quiz 5

Thursday: NO CLASS

Week 14 Tuesday: Cong 4-21-15

Thursday: Constitution assignment, Cong 4-23-15Broken?, Act of Congress, Design & polarization

Week 15 Tuesday: NO CLASS

Thursday: Cong 4-30-15 Quiz 6, Gridlock, Grading, Actually govern?Repair Senate

Week 16 Tuesday: Cong 5-5-15 Paper due,  Politics is more broken

Thursday: Cong 5-7-15

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