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Fall 2018
Sep 17, 2021
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GOVT 241 - Public Affairs Intrnship & Sem
This four-credit course is designed to give students an understanding of presidential-congressional relationships and of the making of public policy at the national level.  The objectives are to provide a practical understanding of the American system of “separated institutions, sharing powers” and to develop the professional writing and communications skills needed for a successful career in public service. The seminar considers the dynamics of the legislative process, the nature of successful presidential leadership and the potential for cooperation and conflict between the President and Congress on selected major issues facing our nation, such as the budget, energy, health care and climate change.   

Each student must devote 14-16 hours per week to an internship in accordance with an agreed upon schedule. Internships will allow students to observe and participate in the policy making process either by working in the Congress, the Executive Branch or with any organization involved in the policy making process at the national level.  The instructor is willing to assist students in finding an internship that best fits their academic and personal interests.  The internship must be related to course themes.  Introduction to U.S. Political Systems or its AP equivalent is a prerequisite. Permission of the instructor is required for registration. Please call me at (703) 539-9509 (cell), visit me during my office hours or email me at Burnamj@georgetown.edu , clearly indicating the subject matter of your email.     

Each student must thoroughly prepare for class discussions (20%), write three essays on suggested topics related to the assigned readings, (60%) and make an oral presentation on an issue in which the student is interested and that is important to the Member of Congress or the organization for which the student is interning (20%).  

Please note that your essays will be graded 50% on content and 50% on clarity of expression.  Your class discussion grade will be based upon informed participation in class discussion and upon occasional response papers to the assigned readings.  Attendance is mandatory. 

3.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
3.000 TO 6.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Government Department

Course Attributes:
College/GOVT: American Govt.

GOVT 008

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