Summer Full 2020 - 87385 - PA W381W - Foundations of Policymaking

How the US Congress Works - DC - WB

Taught as a Web-based course.

Restricted to students in the Master of Public Affairs, Public Affairs DC program.

This course examines how the U.S. Congress operates in both its legislative and oversight capacities. The students will learn how policymaking is affected by the organizational and structural make-up of the legislative branch and how congressional members and staff operate within the congressional environment. The course will examine the role of the Congress in affecting policies at the state and local levels as well as in the international arena. The course requires students to prepare and conduct various oral and written presentations offered in a range of congressional settings, such as a town hall, formal committee hearings, mark-ups, models/official travel, oversight visits, etc.