BLHV-206 Comparative parliamentary politics
Fall for 2008-2009
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The course will combine elements of political theory with a practical examination of the organization, processes and politics of legislative bodies around the world. Students will gain a familiarity with the arguments for and against strong legislative bodies, and in depth knowledge of the United States Congress, and an understanding of the similarities and differences between the Presidential and Westminster systems by comparing Congress with several other modern legislatures.
The course will require an intensive amount of reading by the students, which will be accompanied by active classroom discussions. During each class one student will be assigned to lead the discussion on that week’s readings, based on a list of discussion questions provided in advance by the instructor.
The course will also draw upon the experience and expertise of guest lecturers, who will include congressional leadership and Committee staff, executive branch employees, and officials from foreign embassies in Washington, DC