Spring 2012 - 61955 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Modern American Political Campaigns
|Instructor(s):|| Greenberg, Sherri
|Day & Time:||Th 2:00 - 5:00 pm|
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Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.
How do political campaigns work? Who gets elected? How do people really get elected? What are the functions of the various consultants, the media and the candidate in a campaign?
This course will be extremely participatory, and students must read the assignments in advance and attend weekly classes. Students will be expected to come to class prepared to participate, question, and conduct informed discussions. Classes will consist of discussions, case studies, lectures and presentations by guest speakers. We will be joined by a number of guests who have been active in state and national campaigns, both Democratic and Republican, for what I hope will be lively and informed discussions.
Students will be evaluated based on class participation, a written memo, a mid-term essay and an end of term group project with a presentation. The end of term group project and presentation will be an actual campaign plan written as a term paper and presented to the class.