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Courses

A list of current and past courses offered at UCDC is provided below. Use the drop-down menu to select the relevant Quarter or Semester course listing. For detailed information about a course, click on the course title. You may also view a calendar of the full slate of courses for the current term by visiting the Course Schedule.

For information on future courses offered at UCDC, please see Future Courses.

Spring Quarter 2018

Core Seminar

  • Congress and Politics in Washington

    This course will focus on the design and operation of the U.S. Congress and its relationship with the Executive Branch.  Students will also gain insights into how legislators spend their time in Washington and in their constituencies. A key feature of...

  • General Research

    Research methods in the social sciences are a set of tools that assist us in understanding our world. This seminar is designed to teach you how to be a critical observer of and contributor to that world using these methods. The course has an academic...

  • International Policy

    This seminar is designed to help you to engage critically and think systematically about crucial questions of international and global affairs. Through weekly news briefings, student research, and course readings, we will engage with a wide range of...

  • The American Presidency and Executive Power

    This course will put the current presidency in historical and theoretical context, drawing on a variety of readings and approaches. At its...

  • The U.S. Supreme Court

    Gay marriage. The death penalty. Abortion. Health care. Cell phone privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard cases on all of these topics in recent years, and its decisions ultimately touch the lives of all Americans. In this class we will study the...

  • Washington Focus

    Our nation’s capital is a center of governance and politics but also of historical sites, research institutes, arts and cultural institutions, and diverse communities. In this seminar you will become acquainted with Washington DC – its beauty and...

  • Washington Media

    This course will look at political communication, from the evolution of the news media, political parties and advertising to messaging by the candidates. We will study the impact of social media and role of outside interest groups. In addition, we will...

Quarter Elective

  • Advocacy and the Politics of Change in Washington

    The political and public policy arena in Washington today can be characterized as one of sharp divisions, partisan polarization, and heightened competition. Engaging as a group in this conflict can be daunting. So how does a grassroots or community-...

  • Museums and Monuments: Cultural Heritage in the Nation's Capital

    Physical artifacts, buildings and historic places are important markers of cultural heritage. Their meanings and associations inform viewers’ perceptions of the world, while their materiality provides a tangible connection to past people and events....

  • U.S. Foreign Policy

    This course examines contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy, focusing primarily on a series of regional case studies including the Persian Gulf (Iran and Iraq); the Middle East and North Africa; U.S. and Japan, the Koreas & East Asia;...