NATIONAL AGENDA 2011

Class Schedule

POSC/COMM447-010/080

Schedule – Fall, 2011 - Updated 9/7/2011

Class Schedule and Assignments

This syllabus will change during the semester. It’s your responsibility to stay abreast of changes announced in class and on the course web site.



Weds Sep 8 - Kirkbride 204 - first class - Introduction

  1. Review of course mechanics and topics

  2. Preview speakers and topics, readings

  3. Preview events & related activities

  4. Preview “Campaign Watch” group activities

  5. Web site readings: Introduction

  6. Assignment #1 issued (due Sep 14)

  7. No evening events.


Weds Sep 14 - GUEST SPEAKER - Candy Crowley, CNN

  1. “Broke… and Broken? Assessing the U.S. Political Scene”

  2. Class session -  Kirkbride 204

  3. Reception (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  4. Dinner - (all students) (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  5. Public event - talk & Q&A (Mitchell Hall)

  6. Web site readings

  7. Assignment #1 due today

  8. Honors assignment issued


Fri Sep 16 - SPECIAL EVENT - Vice President Joe Biden
NO Class session
Attend on-campus appearance by Vice President Biden

  1. Mitchell Hall 4:00pm

  2. Tickets required


FRIDAY, SEP 16
SPECIAL EVENT

4:00pm - Mitchell Hall

You will receive free tickets.




Weds Sep 21 - (class only - no speaker)

  1. Topic: “Campaign Debates”

  2. Discussion of previous speakers

  3. Web site readings


Weds Sep 28 - GUEST SPEAKER - Steven Schmidt, GOP strategist; John Lehane, Democratic strategist

  1. “Handicapping the Race”

  2. Class session -  Kirkbride 204

  3. Reception (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  4. Dinner - (all students) (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  5. Public event - talk & Q&A (Mitchell Hall)

  6. Web site readings



Weds Oct 5 - GUEST SPEAKER - Pamela Constable, The Washington Post

  1. “Afghanistan: Ten Years War”

  2. Class session -  Kirkbride 204

  3. Reception (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  4. Dinner - (participation TBD) (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  5. Public event - talk & Q&A (Mitchell Hall)


Weds Oct 13 - (class only - no speaker)

  1. Topic TBD

  2. Class session -  Kirkbride 204

  3. Web site readings


Weds Oct 19 - GUEST SPEAKERS - Valerie Biden Owens,  Joe Slade White

  1. Free Speech Week: “Selling the Candidates”

  2. Seminar -  Kirkbride 204

  3. Reception (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  4. Dinner - (participation TBD) (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  5. Public event - talk & Q&A (Mitchell Hall)

  6. Web site readings


Weds Oct 26 - MID-TERM EXAM

  1. In-class exam -  Kirkbride 204


Weds Nov 2 - GUEST SPEAKER - Melanie Sloan

  1. “Scandalous Politicians!”

  2. Seminar -  Kirkbride 204

  3. Reception (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  4. Dinner - (participation TBD) (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  5. Public event - talk & Q&A (Mitchell Hall)

  6. Web site readings


Weds Nov 9 - (class only - no speaker)

  1. Topic TBD

  2. Class session -  Kirkbride 204

  3. Web site readings


Weds Nov 16 - GUEST SPEAKER - TBA

  1. Topic TBA

  2. Class session -  Kirkbride 204

  3. Reception (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  4. Dinner - (participation TBD) (Caffe Gelato, Main St.)

  5. Public event - talk & Q&A (Mitchell Hall)

  6. Web site readings


THANKSGIVING RECESS - NO CLASS NOV 23

Go home and eat turkey!

Weds Dec 1 - TBA -

  1. Kirkbride 204

  2. Topic TBA

  3. Final Exam issued - due Monday, Dec 12 on Sakai site - by 5pm

  4. “Campaign Watch Group” presentations due today


Weds Dec 8 - Final Class session - “Think Tank” presentations by Honors section students

  1. Kirkbride 204



Mon Dec 12 - FINAL EXAM DUE  on Sakai site - 5pm