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HIS 363 The Elections of 2012 (3 credits)

An analysis of the presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial races of 2012. The course will offer the student a basis for understanding the ongoing election cycle of 2012, especially drawing upon the changes that have taken place in American politics since the 1980s and the history of electioneering in America, especially in the modern era. This will include discussion of partisan realignment, the growing importance of personality and interest group politics, and the role of issues in influencing electoral choice. Particular attention will be devoted to under­standing the tactics and strategies of the two major parties as they position themselves for and then campaign in the Elections of 2012.