GOVERNMENT

GOVT-196
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

GOVT-196
001HB
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Democracy in Action

This course helps students develop a practical understanding of the core concepts and processes of democratic government, including the behaviors needed to become engaged and informed citizens. Students gain a greater understanding of citizens' rights and responsibilities in a democracy and practice behaviors helpful to carrying out those rights and responsibilities. The course gives students hands-on opportunities to interact with government, interest groups, and individual citizens. Students engage with policymakers and experts through seminars, meetings with Congressional offices, and observations of Congress in action. Key institutions and historic sites are used as classrooms to help students explore the links between history and contemporary policy issues. Emphasis is placed on how the actions of ordinary citizens can directly affect public policy making. Course assignments allow students to explore these issues in a written format.

GOVT-196
002HB
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Intelligence and National Security

This course introduces students to the role that the intelligence community plays in contemporary national security. The course begins with an overview of the concept of national security and the different organizations that protect the United States. It continues with an exploration of the nature of contemporary threats, focusing on why today's threats are different and more challenging than those of the past. Finally, the course investigates the tough choices policy makers need to address on a daily basis. Threats, responses, and intelligence are rarely crystal-clear, necessitating a set of very high-stakes decisions by national leaders. Course assignments allow students to explore these issues in a written format.