The U.S. Presidential Election in Real Time

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The U.S. Presidential Election

Fall 2020

Taught By: David Plotke

Section: AX

CRN: 9181

Credits: 4

The 2020 presidential election provides a crucial focus for analyzing contemporary American politics. We want to know who won, and why – and how the election reflects and reshapes American political and social life. We focus on the fall 2020 presidential race. Then we assess the outcome and the initial plans of the new administration. We try to explain the election’s outcome based on the themes, resources, and strategic choices of the two candidates and their campaigns. We also consider the views and choices of broad publics – for example, did women and men vote and act differently in 2020? We consider political actors: parties, campaigns, political movements and interest groups, and social groups (‘youth’). We look at political themes: populism, right and left; nationalism and patriotism; critiques of economic and social inequality; and debates about science and politics. We assess the political meaning of recent events and processes: the global pandemic and its American forms; regional, economic, and other inequalities; ethnic and racial relations; and immigration. Students work on individual projects that they choose early in the term, in consultation with the instructor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 23

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:00pm 11/23/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/14/2020