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Election 2012

by Stanford

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

This course focuses on the November 2012 election in the United States.  and what it means for us, the state of California, the United States of America, and the globe. Led by David Kennedy (History, Stanford), Rob Reich (Political Science, Stanford), and James Steyer (CEO, Common Sense Media), the course brings together experts from Stanford’s faculty, along with distinguished participants in and analysts of American politics. 

Together, we will examine major topics at stake in the election, including foreign policy, the economy, the Supreme Court, campaign financing, and campaign strategy. In addition, one class session will put the 2012 election in a broader historical context, while another will focus on the election and its implications for California.

New videos will be posted on Fridays. Please note that the post-election discussion will be posted on November 12.


At the discussion forum, you can contribute questions to be posed to the upcoming guests in each class session, vote up/down the questions of other students, and engage in discussion about each class session after it happens.

Customer Reviews

Not exactly what I was hoping for.

Wanting to see an opinion of what has happened to the current economy and possibly how we got there. Not just another push for Obama. It's obvious the primary host is for Obama as well as his assistant, which is fine. But when the host(s) debate against the invited speakers, it all begins to be one sided. I don't think it's right for the host to ask the invitee (advisor to Gov. Romney), what he is advising Gov. Romney to cut, then the host gets on his soap box. Honestly, I was hoping this would be a biased conversation. All that was missing was Obama waking in and taking center stage.

One sided

All one sided crap, don't waste your time


Where else am I going to be able to participate in something as great as this? I love it!

R Lewis Cordell

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