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POLS 125 – Political Parties & Elections

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Analysis of U.S. political parties and elections, including partisan realignments throughout history, campaign technology, and voting for president and Congress. Prerequisite: POLS 021.

Section Description: This course examines U.S. national elections and political parties. Topics to be discussed (among others) include electoral realignments throughout history, voting for President and Congress, party competition, voter turnout, incumbency advantage, and the electoral foundations of divided party control of government. The course has several objectives— 1) To introduce students to important literature in the field, developing familiarity with basic theories of party organization, election mechanics, and voting behavior; 2) To apply these concepts to recent electoral strategies in both presidential and congressional campaigns; 3) To assess the current state of American electoral politics by probing deeper questions surrounding electoral systems and policy response, democratic accountability, and collective responsibility for political outcomes.

CRN: 14788

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 40/41

Days Time Location
MWF 14:20 - 15:10 LAFAYETTE HALL L302

Instructor(s): Deborah Lynn Guber

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020