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59875-01 - Seminar: The 2020 Presidential Election: an introduction to the United States and its electoral process 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Clint Claessen (clint.claessen@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt What will be the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and why? The American presidential elections always receive much international attention and speculation. In this seminar we delve deeper into the nuts and bolts of the upcoming elections. How does the electoral process work? What campaign strategies do both campaign teams use? How trustworthy are political polls? The seminar is structured according to the different players and aspects in the election cycle: the parties, the primaries, the party members, the candidates, the campaigns, the media, the polls, the voters, the electoral system and ultimately, the office of the newly elected president. The seminar consists of theoretical sessions (+-70%) and applied sessions (+-30%) where we will work in the R environment. The goal is that you can make your own election prediction in R on the basis of your newfound knowledge about the different factors that play a role in the electoral process.
Lernziele At the end of the seminar:
- The students can put forward predictions and explanations of election outcomes on the basis of newfound knowledge of the electoral process and political campaigning.
- They can analyse political campaigns on the basis of campaign strategies and interpret the predictive power of political polls.
- They understand the competencies of the U.S. president in comparison to at least two political leaders from European democracies.
- They can perform basic statistical operations (OLS/Logit) with election data in R.
Literatur Maisel, S. L. (2007) American Political Parties and Elections. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.

Polsby, N. W., Wildavsky, A. B., & Hopkins, D. A. (2008). Presidential elections: Strategies and structures of American politics. Rowman & Littlefield.

Stromer-Galley, Jennifer (2014) Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age. Oxford University Press.

Taylor, S. L., M.S. Shugart, A. Lijphart,, & B. Grofman (2014) A Different Democracy: A Systematic Comparison of the American System with Thirty Other Democracies. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Asher, Herb (2017) Polling and the Public: What Every Citizen Should Know. CQ Press.
Bemerkungen Attention:
All Seminars will be graded in the Department of Political Science.
Grading scale 6.0 to 1.0, whereupon 4.0 is a pass.
The number of participants is limited to 30 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 30 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science, preferably those who have successfully completed the lecture "Einführung in Quantitative Methoden". Please note that this course will be given online and that therefore participation will require a working microphone, a webcam and a reliable internet connection.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 16.09.2020 – 16.12.2020
Zeit Mittwoch, 12.15-13.45 - Online Präsenz -
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 16.09.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 23.09.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 30.09.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 07.10.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 14.10.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 21.10.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 28.10.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 04.11.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 11.11.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 18.11.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 25.11.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 02.12.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 09.12.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 16.12.2020 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Regionaler Fokus B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Vertiefung Politikwissenschaft B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Active participation and bi-weekly response papers (900-1100 words each)
There will be at least one assignment that includes working with R
Attention:
All Seminars will be graded in the Department of Political Science.
Grading scale 6.0 to 1.0, whereupon 4.0 is a pass.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,5
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft

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