POLT 797B (01) - Seminar in American Politics

Seminar/American Politics

Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   13  
CRN: 16181
Advanced analysis and individual research. Prereq: senior standing. Writing intensive.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Emily Baer-Bositis

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2021 12/13/2021 M 3:10pm - 6:00pm HORT 327
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“Power & Policymaking in the Broken First Branch”

January 6th, 2021 saw an unprecedented assault on the U.S. Congress. What do these events say about the U.S. Congress? How should the Congress respond? What are the consequences of a failure to strengthen the “first branch” of government? This class contextualizes the January 6th, 2021 events within a broader set of debates within and around the U.S. Congress, including rampant partisan polarization, declining legislative capacity and effectiveness, a decades-long loss of power to the executive branch, repeated cycles of budget fights and government shutdowns, and much more.  While focused on contemporary national politics, we will also consider insights from state governments as well as legislatures around the globe.