Washington Center

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.

*In the event of low enrollment, a class may be cancelled. Students will be informed as soon as possible and enrolled in a different class.

Fall Semester 2018 & Fall 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 Development

    This is an introductory course to the international development field. The focus is on some of the key questions, challenges and achievements in this field. Materials from the course (readings, documentaries, discussions of current events) will enhance...

  • 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...

  • Judicial Process and Politics

    The theme of this course is that the judiciary is a political institution in the American scheme of government. This topic couldn’t be more relevant than it is now in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election as we witness courts across the...

  • The American Presidency and the Executive Branch

    This course will put the current presidency in historical and theoretical context, drawing on a variety of readings and approaches. At its core, this class is about the problem of executive power in democratic government. We will study and reflect not...

  • The US 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 Media

    What is the difference between “fake news’ ’and journalism? Does objectivity exist? Why does President Trump call the news media the “enemy of the people.? This seminar explores the rapidly evolving relationship between the news media, governing and...

Fall Quarter 2018

Core Seminar

  • Washington Focus

    Much is said about Washington. Much of it is wrong. This course will immerse students in the history, politics, culture, character and...

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...

  • Money, Message and Media

    This course will look at all aspects of national campaigns, from the evolution of political parties and advertising, to the messages of...

  • Religion and Public Policy

    This seminar will explore the relationship between religion and politics in America and more generally in liberal democracies, with an eye toward public policy. It will probe the extent to which there is indeed a separation between church and state,...

  • 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;...