What is the course about?
The 2020 US elections are possibly the most important in recent history. These elections will see voters choose the President, all the members of the House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and a number of major Governorships. Trump’s unlikely victory in the primaries and then the Presidential election of 2016 shocked most commentators. The 2020 election is the first major opportunity since then for voters to change the direction of America’s politics. In a series of one-off lectures, we will cover the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of America’s next electoral cycle.
What will we cover?
The subjects of the classes will reflect the topical political situation of the US at the time of the class. This may include:
- The arrangement and structure of the US electoral system
- The importance of Congress and Governorships
- The role and limitations of the Presidency
- Challenges to Trump
- Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and other prominent Democrat candidates
- The Presidential primaries
- Policy proposals from both parties
- Republican and Democrat Presidential nominees.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe how the primaries and Presidential nominations work
- Explain why certain runners are gaining more political support
- Understand the ongoing developments of the US elections.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or experience is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be lecture based, with use of video clips and other material where appropriate. Keeping up with the ongoing developments of the US elections (via the news) will enhance your experience of the class, though is not required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and paper to make notes may be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course will have two follow on events, keeping up to date with developments as they happen. These will run in March and June (dates to be confirmed - please keep an eye on the website for updates).