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POLS510 - The U.S. Presidency, Congress, & Bureaucracy

Course Details

Course Code: POLS510 Course ID: 2729 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The course covers a combination of theories and applications that will provide the student with basic tools required to understand, navigate, and communicate with the three administrative elements of the federal government. The emphasis of the course is based on a study of composing, legislating, implementing, and enforcing public policy set against a background of both historical and current elements.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1: Evaluate the constitutional roles of the executive branch and Congress in making policy.

2: Assess the roles of interest groups, parties, and media in the exercise of presidential power.

3: Analyze the factors that affect presidential leadership.

4: Assess the constitutional and historical context of Congress’ lawmaking functions.

5: Critique the congressional budgeting process.

6: Analyze how individual members of Congress exert power and influence.

7: Evaluate the “open systems” model regarding governmental agencies.

8: Assess the effectiveness of various approaches to controlling bureaucracy.

Requirement Percent

Forum Discussions (8) 60

Research Paper 20

Final Exam 20


The Political Science Department uses the Chicago Manual of Style format as its standard. A guide to Chicago Manual of Style format is provided in the APUS online library:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.