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Office: Stanford Campus Office: SIEPR Gunn Building, 366 Galvez Street, Room 105
Mail Code: 94305-6125
Phone: (650) 723-4296
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Director: Adrienne Jamieson
On Campus Coordinator: Jill Vizas

The Bing Stanford in Washington program provides highly-qualified undergraduates with an opportunity to work and study in the nation's capital. In addition to providing students with an understanding of public policy making, the program offers an opportunity to take advantage of the city's unique cultural resources.

Central in the student's educational experience is a full-time internship. Students serve as interns at such institutions and agencies as the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Office of Management and Budget, the White House, the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution, CNN, World Bank, the departments of State, Justice, Treasury, Education, and Health and Human Services.

In addition to the internship, students also complete an academic course of study consisting of small courses taught by policy experts, and weekly seminars taught by Stanford faculty members. Seminars are generally 3-5 units. Past topics have included congressional oversight and the press; economic growth and development patterns, policies, and prospects; critical health issues in the U.S. and abroad; policy making in the Washington community; and criminal justice policy. Speakers from the Washington policy community frequently join students and faculty for discussions. Students often write a major paper related to their internship for 3-5 units of credit. Course and seminar topics vary according to student and faculty interest.

The Bing Stanford in Washington program offers stretch quarters in the Autumn and Spring (early September to mid-December, and late March to the end of June) and a regular quarter in Winter, which focuses on environmental policy, health policy and the arts. The program is designed for students in their junior year or during the first or second quarter of their senior year. Applications must be completed two quarters in advance, and three quarters in advance if a student is overseas or otherwise not on campus during the qualifying quarter.

Students interested in the program should contact the campus office of the Bing Stanford in Washington program; see contact information above.


SIW 103. Economic Growth and Development Patterns, Policies, and Prospects. 5 Units.

This class is designed to provide an overview of the history of economic and social development, the evolution of thinking on the subject, and current debates regarding the best policy approaches to foster development objectives. To emphasize the constantly evolving nature of the policy debate on development, the text is supplemented by articles from a wide variety of sources, and some additional readings will likely by assigned from contemporary newspaper, blog and magazine articles. Grades will depend on weekly pre-class reading comments and questions, four short assignments, and class participation.

SIW 104. Congressional Oversight and the Press. 5 Units.

Who keeps watch of the federal government and its activities as they grow more complex at home and abroad? This seminar will look at oversight, or the lack of it, by the Executive Branch itself, by Congress, the Courts, outside groups, and the media, with some emphasis on the latter. We will establish the Constitutional basis for oversight through various readings, and we will look at some major scandals and issues from the past.

SIW 105. Education Policy. 5 Units.

How does the federal Department of Education function? How does it interact with other bodies, such as Congress, states, cities, and individuals to affect public and private education? What is the history of public education policy in the United States, and how will it change in the future? Students will explore these topics and more through memos, class discussion and debate, and a final policy proposal.

SIW 106. Criminal Justice Policy. 5 Units.

This class is designed to offer students a chance to explore how criminal justice policies and laws come into being, are executed, and end up changing. Through a different topic focus each week, students will grasp the actors that affect criminal justice policy (across all branches of government) and will learn the true recourse of the law in the United States (it¿s more surprising than you might think). Through an end-of-term paper, students will argue for and against a specific policy of their choosing.

SIW 107. Civil Rights Law. 5 Units.

This course analyzes the major civil rights laws that Congress has enacted since the 1960s, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act, the Public Accommodations ACt, the AGe Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The course provides an in-depth study of the statutory language of each of these laws, examines how courts have interpreted the statutes, and explores the policy arguments in favor and against such laws. The course also reviews the history context surrounding the enactment of these statutes, including an examination of the civil rights movement as a political and social force.

SIW 109. Trans-Atlantic Relations. 5 Units.


SIW 112. Health Policy Making in the US. 5 Units.


SIW 113. Critical Health Issues in the U.S. and Abroad. 5 Units.


SIW 115. Health and Environmental Regulatory Policy. 5 Units.


SIW 118. Topics in American Politics and Public Policy. 3 Units.


SIW 119. U. S. and Europe: Cooperation or Competition?. 5 Units.

How are Brexit, Trump, Merkel and Macron reshaping the key relationship between the US and Europe? At a time of rising international threats from Russia, China, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as the challenges of populism, Euro-Skepticism, and Islamist terrorism, this course explores the Trans-Atlantic alliance that has been the central axis of US and European relations. By the end of the course, students will have engaged in substantive readings and class discussion in order to investigate these topics.

SIW 120. Law and Public Policy in the Federal Government. 5 Units.


SIW 122. Energy, Environment and Security in South Asia. 5 Units.


SIW 124. The American Presidency: From TR to Nixon. 5 Units.

This course will examine the tenures of past United States Presidents, comparing and contrasting styles, policies, histories, contexts, and outcomes. The course will consist of readings, class discussions, and a 20-page paper due at the end of the term. Sample weekly topics include TR and the Making of the Modern Presidency and Woodrow Wilson and the Growth of Federal Power.

SIW 128. Transitions in Energy Policy Speakers Series. 2 Units.


SIW 129. Women's, Maternal, and Children's Health. 5 Units.


SIW 130. Security through Partnerships, Partnerships through Security. 5 Units.


SIW 131. United States and Europe in Comparative Perspective. 5 Units.


SIW 132. Bridging the gap between environmental science and policy. 5 Units.


SIW 135. Federal Education Policy. 5 Units.


SIW 136. Enduring Issues in American Politics. 3 Units.


SIW 137. Energy and Environment: Technology, Economics and Policy. 5 Units.


SIW 138. Game Theory and Mathematical Models of Politics. 5 Units.


SIW 139. Purposeful Advocacy - Changing Public Policy for Good: A Policy Maker/Advocate¿s Perspective. 5 Units.


SIW 140. Health and Environmental Policy Speaker Series. 2 Units.


SIW 142. Images of National Politics from Classics in Political Science. 5 Units.


SIW 144. Energy, Environment, Climate and Conservation Policy: A Washington, D.C. Perspective. 5 Units.


SIW 146. Diplomacy in Practice: Security Issues in the South Caucasus. 5 Units.


SIW 148. Art and the First Amendment: Testing the Limits of Expression. 5 Units.

This course will take place in Washington D.C.
Same as: ARTHIST 148

SIW 151. Banking Regulation. 5 Units.

Why is banking special? This course will examine the United States financial system, taking in-depth looks at the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street, and more. It will investigate the US financial crisis, the history of banking regulation, and current structures of regulators in the industry. Learning will rely on in-class debate and discussion, as well as written papers.

SIW 153. Energy and Climate Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere. 5 Units.


SIW 155. Images of National Politics from Classics in Political Science. 5 Units.


SIW 156. Washington Policymaking: A New Era? Advocacy and Strategy at the Federal Level. 5 Units.

Executive Orders. Court challenges. Repeal and replace. Presidential tweets. Regulatory rollback. Tax reform. Senate filibusters. Government leaks. Republican factions. Immigration reform. CBO scoring. Congressional investigations. How do these all fit together? Are the rules of the policymaking game changing? In this class, we will examine the practical aspects and complex intricacies of policy development at the federal level. We will use current and rapidly evolving topics as examples, while also drawing on historical policymaking precedents. A central objective is to help prepare students to better understand and participate in the policymaking process.

SIW 157. International Law. 5 Units.


SIW 164. Debating the Nation. 5 Units.


SIW 170. DOCUMENTARY: Films of Persuasion, Advocacy and Change. 5 Units.

In recent years, documentaries have shed their identity as the "broccoli" of the film world - they were good for you, but not necessarily palatable. Audiences are now engaged, entertained, and enlightened by the work of Errol Morris, Laura Poitras, Michael Moore, Marshall Curry, and others. Has a documentary film ever provoked you, challenged your beliefs, motivated you to act or changed your mind about something? Was that the goal of the filmmaker? This course offers a conceptual overview of the forms, strategies, and conventions of a documentary film with a particular focus on the social and political documentary, i.e. documentaries that strive to explore issues, construct arguments about the world, and galvanize attitudinal change. A consideration of both form and content will foreground the mutable characteristics of the genre with respect to filmmaker voice and point of view, the objective/subjective conundrum, ethics of representation, aesthetic choices, and the implied contract between filmmaker and audience. Students will hone their critical viewing skills and consider the potential of film to effect attitudinal and behavioral change through a series of case studies of films that represent a wide range of styles and approach.

SIW 171. American Presidential Elections: A Brief History. 5 Units.


SIW 190. Directed Readings. 1-5 Unit.


SIW 214. From the Pantheon to the Capitol: Architecture, Cosmology, Mathematics and Illusion. 5 Units.

This course traces the history of the dome over two millenia, from temples to the gods to Temples of the State, and from cosmic archetype to architectural fetish. The narrative interweaves the themes of the dome as image of the Cosmos, religious icon, national landmark, and political monument. It examines the dome not only as a venue for structural innovation, but also metaphysical geometry and transcendent illusionism.nIndividual case studies will familiarise you with major architects from Hadrian to Richard Rogers and historical milestones from the Dome of the Rock to the Capitol in Washington DC.
Same as: ARTHIST 214

SIW 245. Art, Business & the Law. 5 Units.

This course examines the intersection of art, business, and the law from a number of different angles, focusing on issues that impact our understanding of works of art and their circulation in the modern and contemporary periods. Topics range from individual case studies (e.g., Leonardo da Vinci; Richard Serra) to the consolidation of the art market, and include cultural heritage issues, problems of censorship, and conceptions of authorship and intellectual property.nnIn Autumn 2017-18 this course will be offered at Stanford in Washington in Washington, D.C. and enrollment is limited to students who are enrolled in the SIW Program.
Same as: ARTHIST 245