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American Political Dysfunction 2020: An Introduction

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The American Presidency is now occupied by a man with no prior government experience. Two of the last five Presidential elections have gone to the vote count loser. Congressmen gerrymander themselves into safe districts, accelerating the electorate’s polarization. Senators from a large number of small states dominate senators from a small number of large states. With Congress gridlocked, a Supreme Court majority becomes more important than an electoral majority, guaranteeing that Court nominations are fiercely contested. The political environment is awash in negative advertising, distrusted media and raucous blogs. Welcome to American Political Dysfunction 2020. We will examine troubled or failed American political institutions and processes, including our Presidential and Congressional election systems, Congress, the Supreme Court and the political parties. We also examine issues affecting the electorate: gerrymandering, voter suppression and voter alienation. Finally we will examine the political environment, including the roles of money, the legacy media, and the “new” media. Our materials will be Internet-accessible commentaries from politicians, journalists and academics across the political spectrum. Come prepared to read much, analyze carefully and speak thoughtfully on the political ills besetting our Republic.

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Theodore Gault2.James Smith 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/5/2020 - 6/4/2020 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map James Smith  ; Theodore Gault  ClassRoom