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Stuart Alan Streichler
BIS 338
Bothell Campus

Political Institutions and Processes

Studies the nature, structure, and functions of political institutions. Develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of both formal (state and government) and informal (non-state) institutions and actors:

Class description

Spring 2014: This course examines the origins, development, controversies, and limitations of political institutions and processes. The focus of attention will be on American national government institutions (Congress, the presidency, and the federal courts), especially the presidency as a point of interaction in American political culture. We will also cover campaigns, political rhetoric, and developments in American political thought.

Student learning goals

Students will critically examine the development and interaction of formal institutions and informal political forces.

Students will analyze the principal components of US government.

Students will critically evaluate competing arguments on major political questions.

Students will gain an appreciation of the historical context for contemporary political controversies.

Students will use evidence and logic to debate questions involving political institutions and processes.

General method of instruction

Lecture and classroom discussion.

Recommended preparation

Some background in American history and politics may be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Includes examinations, class participation, presentations, and a paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stuart Alan Streichler
Date: 02/11/2014