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U.S. Political Institutions: Congress, Presidency, Courts, and Bureaucracy 
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U.S. Political Institutions: Congress, Presidency, Courts, and Bureaucracy
 at 
Harvard University 
Overview

Examine the inner workings of the three branches of the U.S. Federal Government

Duration

2 weeks

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Mode of learning

Online

Difficulty level

Beginner

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U.S. Political Institutions: Congress, Presidency, Courts, and Bureaucracy
 at 
Harvard University 
Highlights

  • Earn a certificate from Harvard University
  • Topics covered: Law, Political Sciences, Government
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U.S. Political Institutions: Congress, Presidency, Courts, and Bureaucracy
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Harvard University 
Course details

What are the course deliverables?
  • How Congress members are influenced by their constituencies
  • What causes political polarization between Republicans and Democrats
  • How Congress’s structure limits progress on significant issues
  • How executive orders expand the powers of the presidency
  • Why presidents are less constrained in foreign policy than in domestic policy
  • The influence of politics on Supreme Court decisions
More about this course
  • How do the three branches of government operate? How is power shared among Congress, the president, and the Supreme Court? What role is played by federal agencies that have no direct constitutional authority of their own?
  • In this part of our series on American Government, we will examine the separation of powers among the three branches of government, and the role of voters, political parties, and the broader federal bureaucracy
  • We'll explore how the people affect the behavior of members of Congress, what constitutes success in a president's domestic and foreign policies, and how much power an unelected judiciary should have in a democratic system

U.S. Political Institutions: Congress, Presidency, Courts, and Bureaucracy
 at 
Harvard University 
Curriculum

Congress & Constituency

Congress & Party

Presidents & Domestic Policy

Presidents & Foreign Policy

Federal Bureaucracy

Judiciary & Supreme Court

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U.S. Political Institutions: Congress, Presidency, Courts, and Bureaucracy
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Harvard University 
Faculty details

Thomas E. Patterson
Designation : Bradlee Professor of Government & The Press

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