See Canvas – Summer 2021
Govt 322: American Political Parties
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
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.))
Week 3 – History in Action: Building American Political Parties
“This is more important than re-election. I want to speak now.”
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
Week 5 – American Political Parties in a New Era
Your vote matters
Week 6 – American Political Parties in Disarray
Deep down, do we all just want to be our best selves, for ourselves and for others?
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