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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:


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


  2. The Current Organization of Congress


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


  4. Study Questions for Midterm

  5. Ideology, Party, and Polarization in Congress


  6. Congressional Elections


  7. Study Questions for Final

  8. The Congressional Committee System and Public Policy


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


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

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