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POL 315. Campaigns and Elections

Credits: 3
Department: Political Science
Description: Campaigns and elections at the national, state, and local government levels. Theoretical and applied generalizations about factors affecting elections and voting, role of political parties and interest groups, campaign finances, and campaign strategy and tactics.
Semester Offered: Even Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will analyze and explain the theoretical place and role of elections in the American political systems at the local, state and national levels.
2. Students will discuss and explain the history and contemporary form and structure of elections and campaigning in American political systems.
3. Students will analyze the contemporary role of political parties and interests in campaigns and elections in American political systems.
4. Students will discuss and explain how financial resources are raised throughout the American political systems and the influence of such resources on election outcomes.
5. Students will analyze and explain the contemporary campaign strategies in the American political systems.
6. Students will identify and critique reforms for campaigns and elections in the American political systems.






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