PSC 201 - The Legislative Process


This course reviews the basic structures of American national and local government, and then analyzes the lawmaking process in Congress and in the legislative branch of the Government of Connecticut. Students will consider the role of public-interest groups in educating public officials on the need for a bill, the mobilization of public opinion in favor of the bill through letters to newspapers and other organs of public discourse, appearing before legislative committees to advocate for the bill, considering the economic aspects related to the bill, and tracking the bill through the legislative bodies to passage and signing by the chief executive. The course also impresses on students the potential power each citizen has to influence lawmaking, and provides hands-on experience in lobbying and advocacy at the Connecticut State Legislature. G/US (F)