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

Fall 2008

GOV 370L • 12-Congressional Elections

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39575 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ B0.306
Theriault, S

Course Description

In this course, we'll examine congressional elections historically and contemporaneously. Well also analyze them from a political science as well as political junkie perspectives. The first half of the course will discuss campaigning and the second half of the course will deal with election outcomes and their consequences on policy making. Each student will be required to become an expert on a particular congressional and senate race.

Though there will be more than 100 students in the class, it will be a personal challenge of mine to make it feel like 30 students. As such, I expect all of the students to do all of the readings for all of the classes.

Grading Policy

Grades will be determined by a major paper, several midterms, and in-class participation.


Readings 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


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