PSC 215 American Elections

Political Science Field: American Politics
Typically offered every 2-3 years

Lynda W. Powell
Spring 2014 — TR 11:05-12:20

Course Syllabus

This semester, special attention will be paid to the upcoming congressional elections. Campaign finance reform is also a timely topic. We will examine the role of money in elections and strategies for regulating its use. Other issues of current concern will include party polarization and gridlock in Congress, and the recently completed redistricting process for US House elections.

Lynda W. Powell
Fall 2012 ("W" Optional) — MW 12:30-13:45

Course Syllabus

This semester, special attention will be paid to upcoming presidential and congressional elections. Campaign finance reform is also a timely topic. We will examine the role of money in elections and strategies for regulating its use. Other issues of current concern will include party polarization and gridlock in Congress, and the recently completed redistricting process for US House elections.

Lynda W. Powell
Fall 2011 ("W" Optional) — TR 12:30-13:45

Course Syllabus

Each semester we examine the causes and consequences of the most recent elections and the issue dynamics that are shaping the next set of selections. We consider how our election rules, such as the presidential Electoral College and the single member plurality elections used in Congress elections affect the choices candidates make to win office and advantage or disadvantage various types of candidates. We focus in particular on timely topics. Some issues, such as party polarization and campaign finance reform are generally in the news and of thus of continuing interest.

Lynda W. Powell
Fall 2010 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05-12:20

Course Syllabus

This semester, special attention will be paid to the upcoming congressional elections. Campaign finance reform is also a timely topic. We will examine the role of money in elections and strategies for regulating its use. Other issues of current concern will include party polarization and gridlock in Congress, and the recently completed redistricting process for US House elections.

Lynda W. Powell
Spring 2010 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05-12:20

Course Syllabus

This semester, special attention will be paid to the 2008 presidential and congressional elections. And we will look at the prospects for the 2010 congressional elections. Issues of current concern will include corruption, party polarization, changes in party competition, how the rules shape election outcomes (especially party nominations), the use of the internet in campaigns, and, more generally, the use of various campaign techniques to mobilize different factions of the electorate.