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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2008

GOV 310L • American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39290 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
FAC 21
Theriault, S

Course Description

In this course, we'll examine the American political system through the lens of elections. We will analyze them from a political science as well as political junkie perspectives, paying particular, though not exclusive attention to the 2008 Elections. The first half of the course will focus on the campaigns and the second half of the course will deal with election outcomes and their consequences on policy making. There will also be a semester project on a particular campaign.

The number of students in the course will demand that it be mostly lecture, however, I like to get the students involved in my lectures. Consequently, it'll feel like the class is just you and 200 of your friends.

Grading Policy

Grades will be determined by a semester project, several midterms, and in-class participation.


The course readings TENTATIVELY consist of the following: " Gary Jacobson's The Politics of Congressional Elections " Aldrich and Rhodes Change and Continuity " A course packet available at Speedway (in Dobie Mall)


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