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Campaigns and Elections

Americans are known for their competitive nature. Whether between two sports teams on a field or between candidates in the political arena running for office, competition is a fundamental part of the American culture. For this reason, campaigns and elections are among the most exciting events in American politics. In this course, you will explore campaigns and elections, learning their purpose and significance and observing the impact that they have on the American political system.Unit 1 wil...

Topics: General History
Cost: Free

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Americans are known for their competitive nature. Whether between two sports teams on a field or between candidates in the political arena running for office, competition is a fundamental part of the American culture. For this reason, campaigns and elections are among the most exciting events in American politics. In this course, you will explore campaigns and elections, learning their purpose and significance and observing the impact that they have on the American political system.Unit 1 will provide you with a basic understanding of the American electoral process by focusing on the history and evolution of elections and voting laws in the United States. Unit 2 will look closely at what compels individuals to run for office and the many factors that must be considered when launching a campaign: strategy, organization, fundraising, themes, and messages. In Unit 3, you will learn how political parties and interest groups play into the political drama of elections. Units 4 and 5 will introduce you to the two remaining key players in the electoral process: voters and the media. In Unit 6, we will take a closer look at electoral outcomes and the impact that elections have on public policy after votes are counted. Unit 7 will examine what types of proposals or alternatives could be implemented to improve or reform the electoral system. By the end of this course, you should have a deeper understanding of the role and impact of campaigns and elections in the United States.

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  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: All Levels
  • Size: One-on-One
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: Saylor
  • Topics: General History

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About Saylor: The mission of the Saylor Foundation is to make education freely available to all. Guided by the belief that technology has the potential to circumvent barriers that prevent many individuals from participating in traditional schooling models, the Foundation is committed to developing and advancing inventive and effective ways of harnessing technology in order to drive the cost of education down to zero

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