GOV 370L • Campaigns and Elections
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Upper-division standing required. This course is designed to introduce you to American political campaigns and elections through lectures and readings. This course is not designed to serve as a "how to" manual for aspiring politicians or consultants. It is more theoretical than practical. Still, some nuts and bolts information is essential and will be part of the curriculum. My main focus is on federal elections, though references are made to state and local elections. We spend some time revisiting past campaigns and elections in order to contrast and explicate contemporary American electoral politics. The lectures and readings pay particular attention to the presidential election of 2004. The race between John Kerry and George W. Bush is not only the most recent, but provides vivid details supplementing the theoretical and descriptive points raised in the course.
Midterm examinations (20% each, 40% of total grade) Campaign Plan (15% for group presentation, 35% for individual paper) Attendance/Participation (10%)