• Academic Credits: 3
  • Focus area for the major: American Institutions and Politics, Political Campaign
  • 01-790-301_01_Political_Campaigning_Syllabus_Fall_2020.pdf
  • Syllabus Disclaimer: The information on this syllabus is subject to change. For up-to-date course information, please refer to the syllabus on your course site (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) on the first day of class.

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the role of political campaigns in the American political system. This semester, the class will primarily use the presidential election, select U.S. Senate races, and recent New Jersey races as case studies for examining the techniques, tactics, events, and media involved in elections. We will spend a good deal of class time listening to presentations from candidates, consultants, pollsters, journalists, lobbyists, and elected officials who will provide a real-world perspective on political campaigning. We will also read and discuss works that take a more critical approach to analyzing campaigns along with those that provide background on key players and the dynamics of the political scene.