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Active - JAN 175: The Making of a President: Campaigns, Elections and Inaugural Politics
Moraga, United States; Washington, D.C, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2018 12/01/2017 12/01/2017 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:The Making of a President: Campaigns, Elections and Inaugural PoliticsCourse ID:JAN 175Instructors:Monica Fitzgerald and Tim FarleyContact Email:mdf1@stmarys-ca.eduLocation:

2 weeks in Washington, D.C and 2 weeks on campus  

Course Description:

This course will begin with the study of the elector process through the primary, campaign, convention and election day. Traveling to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration for ten days in January, students will use course readings, experiential learning to understand and critically evaluate elections and the power of the presidency. In addition to participant observation of the Inauguration and surrounding events, students will collect research at the National Archives, the Smithsonian and the Women's history museum. Students will also visit key historical sites that have impacted presidential politics and national memory. 

Division:Upper DivisionPrerequisites:

History 17 or WaGs 126 or JCL 10 or Politics 2; need to submit application

Informational Meetings:

Attendance at one of the following meetings is mandatory for enrollment (contact instructor if you have conflicts):

Tuesday 9/6, 6:00-7:00pm, Dante 213

Thursday 9/8, 7:00-8:00pm, Dante 215

Monday 9/12, 7:00-8:00pm, Dante 215

Reading List:

A reader will have articles about presidential politics and campaigns, Inaugural traditions and poems, and challenges to the executive branch.  Readings will include academic articles as well as new stories about the 2016 campaign. Some readings will vary depending on who wins the election in 2016.

Books: (may vary depending on election)

Heilemann and Halperin (2010) Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, Race and the Election of a Lifetime

Rebecca Traister (2011), Big Girls Don't Cry:Women in the 2008 Election

Basis for Final Grade:

25% participation

20% blogs and self-reflections (daily 250 word minimum)

20% individual presentations

15% teamwork/group work

20% final project (4-6 pages)

Course Fee Per Student:$2,800Description of What the Course Fee Covers:

Travel (airfare, subway, chartered bus) Hotel Most meals Admissions fees Reader, books Miscellaneous expenses

Dates Traveling:

January 17th-27th

Dates on Campus:

January 9-16.

Class Schedule:MTuThF, 12:00 - 2:35 PM