Elections 2020 Syllabus

Published: Feb 26, 2021
Contributor: Carah Ong Whaley
License: CC BY NC ND 4.0 license – Allows redistribution but no additions or revisions to content. Forbids commercial use.

The course will examine and address complex issues and challenges for the 2020 elections, including: how the presidential nominating process and Electoral College structure the game; and the impact and role of political parties, superPACs, interest groups and the media, with a special focus on the increasing role of social media. We will also examine the role and impact of campaign strategy, tactics and operations, polling, campaign finance, presidential debates, and the importance of who turns out and why.

Teams of students will develop and implement solutions around: educating about the importance of voting for democratic self-governance; ensuring ballot access and voting rights, especially for traditionally marginalized and underserved communities; and mobilizing “Get Out The Vote” initiatives on campus and in surrounding communities for full participation in the 2020 Elections.

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