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Course Info for FYSM - 175 - 01, Fall 2007
Class number: 3488 Title: The Race for the White House Department: First Year Sem & Colloq
Career: Undergraduate Component: Seminar Session: Regular
Instructor's Permission Required: No Grading Basis: Graded Units: 1.00
Enrollment limited to 14 Current enrollment: 16 Available seats: 0
Start date: Tuesday, September 4, 2007 End date: Monday, December 10, 2007 Mode of Instruction: In Person
Schedule: TR: 2:40PM-3:55PM, MC - 313 Instructor(s): McMahon, Kevin
Prerequisite(s): None
Course Description:
Before considering the dynamics of the 2008 race for the White House, this course will examine presidential contests from a historical perspective. In doing so, we will ask questions such as: How has the presidential selection process changed over the years and how have those changes altered the type of candidate chosen as the eventual nominee? What were the major issues that shaped particular elections? How did the successful candidate effectively craft a winning message on those issues? How did the Electoral College system and the nation’s regional divisions effect those elections? How has presidential campaigning changed over the years? With this background, we will then examine the current candidates and their campaign strategies as they prepare for the 2008 primaries to decide the nominee for each of the two major parties. In exploring the current contest, we will discuss the issues that are likely to play a central role in the 2008 general election, including foreign and domestic policy, the state of the economy, and the cultural cleavages that divide Red and Blue America.