Archived Versions

17.251 Congress and the American Political System I

As taught in: Fall 2004

A photograph of the U.S. Capitol Building.
The U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo courtesy of The United States Senate.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Charles Stewart, III

Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features sample exams and explanations of group projects.

Course Description

This course focuses on both the internal processes of the House and Senate and on the place of Congress in the American political system. Attention has been given to committee behavior, leadership patterns, and informal organization in this course. It considers relations between Congress and other branches of government, as well as relations between the two houses of Congress itself. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.