HIU34522 Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail: Presidential Elections in American History, 1796-2016
Module Organiser:Patrick Geoghegan
Duration: All year
Contact hours: 2 hours per fortnight
Weighting: 10 ECTS
Assessment: 100% coursework
American presidential elections have frequently been dirty and divisive. In some ways the recent election of 2016 represented something new and unprecedented, in others it shared similarities with campaigns going back to the foundation of the republic. This year-long module will take a thematic approach to presidential elections, analysing and assessing them through a variety of lens. Each week will focus on a different theme, for example, the Electoral College and its impact, the role of the media, the significance of key campaign issues, dirty tricks, and the impact of the candidates themselves. Assessment will be through two essays, one in each semester, and students will be required to compare and contrast different campaigns, and trace the development of certain issues over the years.