See Canvas – Summer 2021

Schedule Overview



Govt 322:  American Political Parties
Summer 202


Schedule of Readings and Discussions

Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
– Winston Churchill

Each of the links below takes us to the week’s material. The schedule below is subject to revision; you will be given updates if necessary.

The first weeks have a heavy load; the loads get easier in later weeks so you can work more on your individual papers.

Week 1 – Introducing American Political Parties

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
― Plato, The Republic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLHiK0ANSUQ (Links to an external site.)

Week 2 – Ideas Before Parties

“Not a set a laws: a sense of the rule of law”
― Prof. Lawrence Lessig (attributed (Links to an external site.))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLoio0Z6jLw&w (Links to an external site.)

Week 3 – History in Action: Building American Political Parties

“This is more important than re-election. I want to speak now.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T9vmN62wf8  (Links to an external site.)

Watch 0:00 – 1:20 (one minute; or all of it, of course)

Week 4 – Working on your papers

Sometime what you write now can be important later

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlCVfoGPiAM (Links to an external site.)

Week 5 – American Political Parties in a New Era

Your vote matters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy0LGtAhZI4 (Links to an external site.)

Week 6 – American Political Parties in Disarray

Deep down, do we all just want to be our best selves, for ourselves and for others?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HdWaPuLBqI (Links to an external site.)

If you like that one, try this one toohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUwm6WJRPIQ (Links to an external site.)

Week 7 – Final papers and videos due