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

Spring 2004

GOV 370L • Election Campaigns

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35220 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BUR 106
Shaw

Course Description

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 2000. The race between Al Gore and George W. Bush is not only the most recent, but provides vivid details supplementing the theoretical and descriptive points raised in the course.

Grading Policy

Midterm examinations (25% each, 50% of total grade) Research paper (10 pages, 50% of total grade)

Texts

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