This course will explore the study of the development, structure, powers, processes, problems, and personnel of major legislative bodies with emphasis on the U.S. Congress. The course is designed to increase students understanding of legislative bodies as both deliberative assemblies and bodies of representatives. This class will allow students to explore and analyze such questions as: How and why is Congress organized the way it is, and how do the rules of the game influence the legislative process? How does competition and polarization affect representation, and vice versa? What motivates members of various legislative bodies? In which ways do, or can, members of Congress represent us? How do institutions and electoral rules affect who is elected and how we are represented? To provide students a broad overview of the study of the Legislative Process, the course is divided into several units: Foundations of the Legislative Process, The Deliberative Assembly, The Electoral Connection and Representation, and Policy Making.
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Legislative Praxis Assignment
The Legislative Praxis Assignment offers students an opportunity to examine the practical side of legislative decision making. It includes five parts: legislative structures information sheet, life of a congressional bill- case study, bill writing, election analysis, and observation. It allows students to explore the various parts of the legislative process, but also practice various skills including conveying complicated information to the public, professional report writing, legal bill writing, statistical analysis and excel, and reflection. Click on the image for an example assignment.