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Bush or Kerry? SFSU offers special course on presidential election



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Panel of faculty experts will discuss campaign, major issues every Wednesday evening

SAN FRANCISCO, August 23, 2004 -- Faculty experts at San Francisco State University will discuss a wide range of issues relating to the presidential campaign every Wednesday evening beginning Aug. 25, in front of an audience of about 100 students and other community members.

The unique two-unit course, "The 2004 Presidential Elections: Issues and Analysis," is a lecture series designed to help the campus community and the public better understand elections, political campaigns and campaign issues.

"The goal is to get beyond the media," said Joel Kassiola, dean of the SFSU College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the course instructor. "Faculty can give deeper analyses of the campaign and the issues."

SFSU faculty members will hold weekly panel discussions on the campaign and the hottest issues in the party platforms, followed by discussion.

The class will be held from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday evenings through Dec. 8 in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 of the Humanities building, on the SFSU campus. SFSU is located at 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue) in San Francisco.

On Election Night -- Nov. 2 -- the class will meet in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center for a special session in which the class will watch election returns on television, and faculty will provide real-time analysis.

Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the class sessions.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Republican and Democratic conventions: platforms and campaign strategies;
  • The role of the media, ads and polls in presidential elections;
  • The war in Iraq;
  • The economy: unemployment, outsourcing, poverty, free trade and tax cuts;
  • Sociocultural wars: same-sex marriage and reproductive rights;
  • Pre-election analysis and prediction of results;
  • Post-election analysis: impact of the presidential election on federal, state and local elections; and
  • Domestic and foreign policy changes: the United States in 2005 and beyond.

This is the second consecutive year that Kassiola has offered a lecture-style class open to the general public. Last fall he taught "The United States and the World in the 21st Century," which featured faculty experts discussing United States policies and use of military intervention in the post-9/11 world.

Graded on a credit/no-credit basis, "The 2004 Presidential Elections: Issues and Analysis" can be taken by non-SFSU students through the College of Extended Learning at a reduced rate of $150.

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