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POLI 100B CONGRESS

Winter Quarter AY2009-2010
Department of Political Science
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92093-0521


Classroom: CENTER 113
Time: 11:00AM - 11:50AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: 368 Social Science Building
E-Mail: kpoole@ucsd.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

Office Hours: 12:00 - 2:00PM Thursdays

Grader: Brad Leveck, E-Mail: bleveck@ucsd.edu
, Room SSB 332, Office Hours:

The following texts will be used in this course:


Requirements

Grades will be determined by two examinations -- one mid-session exam and a final exam. The exams will consist of essay and short answer questions. The midterm will be worth 1/3 and the final 2/3 of the course grade.

The Midterm will be in class on Friday, 12 February (50 minutes).

The Final Exam is scheduled for Monday, 15 March from 11:30AM to 2:30PM. (The exam will be 2 hours during this block).

The exams will be closed-book closed-note -- no computers, PDAs, or cell phones allowed.


Course Outline
  1. The Historical Origins of the U.S. Congress

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  2. The Current Organization of Congress

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  3. Congress and the Political-Economic System: 1879 - 2009

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  4. Study Questions for Midterm

  5. Ideology, Party, and Polarization in Congress

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  6. Congressional Elections

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  7. Study Questions for Final

  8. The Congressional Committee System and Public Policy

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  9. Congress, the Economy, and the Growth of Government

    Assignment:

    • Chapters 16, 17, and 18, Congress Reconsidered
    • Chapter 12, Ideology and Congress



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