Topics in Government

Course Number: 
GAFL 509
Cross Listed: 
URBS 320 and PSCI 320

What does it take to get elected to office? What are the key elements of a successful political campaign? What are the crucial issues guiding campaigns and elections in the U.S. at the beginning of the 21st century? This class will address the process and results of electoral politics at the local, state, and federal levels. Course participants will study the stages and strategies of running for political office and will discuss the various influences on getting elected, including: campaign finance and fundraising, demographics, polling, the media, staffing, economics, and party organization. Each week we will be joined by guest speakers who are nationally recognized professionals, with expertise in different areas of the campaign and election process. Students will also analyze campaign case studies and the career of the instructor himself. Edward G. Rendell is the former Mayor of Philadelphia, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and former Governor of Pennsylvania. This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Course Offerings

Topics in Government (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014
Course Section: 
401
Monday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Edward G. Rendell

Topics in Government (Fall 2013)

Fall 2013
Course Section: 
401
Monday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Edward G. Rendell
COHN 402
Full-Time
Executive

Topics in Government (Fall 2012)

Fall 2012
Course Section: 
401
Monday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Edward G. Rendell
COHN 402
Full-Time
Executive