Congress and the American Political System I

A photo of the United States Capitol building.

Sunset illuminates the east front of the United States Capitol building. (Courtesy of Eric B. Walker on Flickr. CC BY-NC.)

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MIT Course Number

17.251 / 17.252

As Taught In

Fall 2016

Level

Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

The United States Congress is the most open of the national branches of government, and therefore the most closely studied. This course aims to find ways to deal with the vast array of information we have about Congress by asking two basic questions: What does Congress do (and why), and what are the various ways of studying congressional behavior? This course focuses on both the internal processes of the House and Senate, and on the place of Congress in the American political system.

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Charles Stewart III. 17.251 Congress and the American Political System I. Fall 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.


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