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PS (Political Science)
302
018065
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Campaigns and Elections in the US Political System
Campaign & Elects
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Steven Greene, PhD
Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3535Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: PS 201
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSAMBA Political Science: American Politics Required
16PSBABA Political Science Elective
16PSINTBA Political Science: International Politics Elective
16PSLJJBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Justice Systems Elective
16PSLJLBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Law and Theory Elective
16PSPUBBA Political Science: Public PolicyElective
16PSBSBS Political ScienceElective
16OSMPolitical Science MinorElective
Campaigns and elections in the United States with emphasis on presidential and congressional primary and general elections. Development of theoretical propositions concerning how and why people vote, how and why candidates campaign, and behavioral reasons underlying candidates' successes and failures. Special emphasis on the role of the mass media in the electoral process.

Formal GEP review and adding to CourseLeaf system.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Analyze how psychological and partisan biases influence citizen behavior in elections
 
 
Paper assignment prompt: explore your own partisan and ideological history and discuss how it has influenced your behavior in the political realm.
 
 
Critically evaluate political science data on campaigns and elections (e.g., public opinion polls, turnout figures, etc.)
 
 
Test question: What factors do you think may account for women’s equal participation in turnout, but lower participation in political discussion as reflected in the accompanying chart?
 
 
Apply knowledge about campaigns and elections to critiquing contemporary United States elections
 
 
Paper assignment:
Choose a 2014 race for U.S. Congress, from a state other than North Carolina. The race should have been competitive, i.e., the winner received no more than 55% of the vote. Analyze why the race turned out as it did. Who won and why? Was there an incumbent or was it an open-seat race—how did this affect the outcome? What impact did the demographic and ideological make-up of the constituents have? How would you characterize the media coverage of this race? How did national political factors affect this Congressional race?
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
There are no restrictions.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
n/a
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Prerequisite: PS 201
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None.
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Campaigns & Elections (2012 Election Update edition) by John Sides et al.

The Politics of Congressional Elections, 8th edition, by Gary Jacobson
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
no change
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
no change
Course is already a regular offering within the PS Department and will continue to be.

This course examines the role of elections in the American political system.  We will explore elections—what candidates do to get elected and how voters decide for whom to vote—for both president and Congress.  We will also examine the role of gender in elections, electoral systems, the polarized electorate, and proposals for improving our democracy.  Given the present political context, there will be special focus on elections for Congress.  This course is not intended to provide guidance on how to run an election campaign.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. analyze how psychological and partisan biases influence citizen behavior in elections;

2. critically evaluate political science data on campaigns and elections (e.g., public opinion polls, turnout figures, etc.);

3. apply knowledge about campaigns and elections to critiquing contemporary United States elections.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Other100no change
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see attached weekly topics

shgreene (Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:33:56 GMT): Rollback: No harm. No foul.
despain (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:26:22 GMT): Rollback: Adjust learning outcomes, etc.
shgreene (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:28:49 GMT): Rollback: Adjust as per discussion.
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