University of Washington School of Public Health

Autumn 2017 Course: Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy (JSIS 578)


JSIS 578: Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy

SLN Code: 23830

Credits: 5

Time: WF 9:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Instructor: Rep. Jim McDermott (retired) and Celes Eckerman

This course examines the role of the U.S. Congress in shaping and driving U.S. foreign policy. Taught by a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a long-time House and Senate foreign affairs staffer, it explores both the statutory and political responsibilities through which elected representatives approach U.S. involvement abroad. Students will hone their skills in developing concise, compelling arguments on complex topics for both written and oral presentation. Course work will be largely driven by “mock Senate” floor debates, in which students will be required to confront notable foreign policy case studies from the perspective of their assigned roles as members of the U.S. Senate.