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Course Descriptions

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 Calendar page.

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

Spring Quarter 2017

Core Seminar

  • Congress and Politics in Washington, D.C.

    This course will focus on the fundamental roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Congress and their interactions with the executive branch...

  • 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...

  • International Policy

    This course’s first objective is to provide academic background and guidance to students whose internships involve international policy, international organizations, globalization, and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Quarter Elective

  • Modern Political Campaigns

    This course offers a unique overview of modern political campaigns.  It balances the important theories of democratic participation and...

  • Museums and Memorials: Race and Empire in the Capitol City

    Washington DC is the center of American government. It’s monuments and museums serve as testaments to the triumphs, tragedies and contradictions inherent in the term “democracy.” Concentrating on the themes of race and American empire, this class will...

  • U.S. Foreign Policy

    This course examines contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy, focusing primarily on a series of regional case studies including U.S.-...