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Congressional Politics

In this course, you will learn about the complexities of the legislative branch by examning the U.S. Congress in the American political system. Course content will focus first on the history of Congress and the constant tension between Congress’ competing representation and lawmaking functions. In this respect, you will focus on topics that include the history and original purpose of the legislative branch, the basic structure of Congress, and the electoral considerations and dynamics that im...

Topics: General History
Cost: Free

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In this course, you will learn about the complexities of the legislative branch by examning the U.S. Congress in the American political system. Course content will focus first on the history of Congress and the constant tension between Congress’ competing representation and lawmaking functions. In this respect, you will focus on topics that include the history and original purpose of the legislative branch, the basic structure of Congress, and the electoral considerations and dynamics that impact how members of Congress act. The course will then take a careful look at the internal politics and law-making processes of Congress. Here, you will learn not only the “nuts and bolts” of the legislative process, but also the reasons why rules are designed as they are as well as the external competing interests that impact members and shape legislative outcomes. By the end of the course, you should be able to explain how a bill becomes a law, how it evolved throughout the legislative process, and what internal and external factors impacted it along the way. This course will enable you to have a deeper understanding of Congress and the entire legislative process in American politics.

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  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: All Levels
  • Size: One-on-One
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: Saylor
  • Topics: General History

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About Saylor: The mission of the Saylor Foundation is to make education freely available to all. Guided by the belief that technology has the potential to circumvent barriers that prevent many individuals from participating in traditional schooling models, the Foundation is committed to developing and advancing inventive and effective ways of harnessing technology in order to drive the cost of education down to zero

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