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Summer Session I 2009
Department of Political Science
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92093-0521

Classroom: SOLIS 109
Time: 5:00PM - 7:50PM Monday and Wednesday

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

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

Office Hours: 2:00 - 4:00PM Wednesdays

Grader: Craig Burnett, E-Mail: cburnett@ucsd.edu
, Room SSB 349, Office Hours: 4:00-5:00PM Tuesdays or by Appointment

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 a take home exam handed out at the end of class on Wednesday, July 15. The exam will be due back at the beginning of class on Monday, July 20.

The Final Exam is scheduled for Friday, July 31st from 7:00PM to 9:59PM. (The exam will be 2 hours during this block).

The final exam 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. Midterm Exam (due back 20 July 2009 at the beginning of class)

  5. Ideology, Party, and Polarization in Congress


  6. Congressional Elections


  7. Final Exam Study Questions

  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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