Fall/Winter Timetable

POL300H1F L0301

Topics in Comparative Politics

Party Politics and National Elections in the United States


We will study both congressional and presidential campaigns and elections in the United States while paying close attention to the 2016 races. In particular, we will focus on understanding the causes of successes and failures in primary and general election campaigns. We will also cover topics such as the U.S. electoral system, public opinion, redistricting and gerrymandering, polarization, voting behaviour, and campaign financing. Readings and assignments will include in-depth empirical research on these and other contemporary aspects of American politics. In preparation for the 2016 election we will discuss election forecasting, electoral maps and math, and presidential debates.


TBA; articles will be provided on the course website.

Format and Requirements



1.0 POL credit