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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

First Lecture from 4 Dems, 1 Moderate conservative - Biased ??

I watched the first introductory show, and it's quite obvious that Stanford has invited mostly Obama supporters, and a token conservative.

They mention money in the PACs and specifically mention the Koch brothers, but made no mention at all of Democrat money contributors like George Soros.

Also, they seem to think that students should dictate the outcome of the election without asking "What do Students really know about creating jobs, meeting payrolls, starting a business, paying taxes, dealing with regulations?"

They talk about fabrications in ads put out by PACs but don't mention fabrications by folks like Harry Reid making the unfounded claims about Romney's taxes, or the very nasty campaign being run by democrat supporters.

But to expect an unbiased and balanced review of the 2012 election from a California University is hardly realistic. You get what you expect -- left-wing views of reality.

Liberals only need apply

This is a good representation of what our college-bound children face: an education system overflowing with socialist professors and ultra-liberal educators determined to force feed young minds with their view of what America should become. That's why they are hell bent on making sure everyone goes to college; so they have time to wear our children down away from home and support. I've taught my daughter how to challenge their lies in public school and it really ticks them off; I've had more than a few meetings with teachers to stand up for what my daughter challenged them on... This country and the freedoms we enjoy are in big trouble if we can't get rid of "hope and change". ....I'll be called a racist now for daring to speak against the anointed one.

Going out of their way to present both sides of the debate

I really appreciated hearing a civil discussion between key insiders from both republican and democratic presidential campaigns. good stuff!

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